Celebrate July 4th Like a Local

Parades, picnics and of course, fireworks. There’s no place like Washington, DC to celebrate July 4th, and with so many events and activities we promise you a visit exactly like nothing else!

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Celebrate July 4th Like a Local

Of course, no visit to DC over the 4th is complete without a visit to the National Mall to catch the spectacular fireworks show. Just a 10-minute walk from The Mayflower, enjoy a day of live music, food vendors and as the sun goes down, fireworks.


Washington, DC knows how to host a parade. The largest in the city is the National Independence Day Parade which beings on 7th Street, NW and travels down Constitution Ave to 17th Street, NW, starting at 11:45am and running until about 2:00pm.

One of the more popular neighborhood parades takes place in the quaint Palisades neighborhood located just north of Georgetown, running along the Potomac River up to the DC/Maryland border. Their family-friendly parade typically begins around 11:00am and runs until about 1:00pm, beginning on the corner of the Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Blvd, NW.

Fireworks with a Side of History

What makes spending July 4th in Washington, DC so unique is that you can actually visit the documents that helped shape the nation. The National Archives is home to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

A yearly event, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will run from June 29 – July 4th and then again from July 6-9th and will feature a special exhibition celebrating the 4th with works from American artists.

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