Plan a great celebration while visiting the Nation’s Capital during Independence Day! We’ll offer you some local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday!
On the 4th of July in Washington DC, Old Town Trolley will be closed. We will be operating our standard tours on July 3rd and July 5th. We hope you take advantage of our top-rated sightseeing tour to see the best attractions and enjoy all the Independence Day decorations in Washington, DC.
Attractions Open 4th of July Weekend
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
A lasting tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation, Arlington National Cemetery is visited by millions of people each year. These hallowed grounds are where more than 400,000 service men and women and their family members are laid to rest. There are nearly 30 funerals held each day, honoring those who have given their life to defend the values and ideals of America. If you’re planning a vacation to Washington DC this 4th of July weekend, a visit to Arlington is something you must do.
One of the most celebrated and spectacular sights on the National Mall, the Washington Monument, stands as a grand tribute to our nation’s first President, George Washington. This 4th of July weekend, come and check out the 555 foot obelisk is also one of the oldest and most recognizable memorials in the City. While construction began in 1848, the monument was not completed until 1884 because of financial difficulties during the Civil War.
There are more than 19 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC and several others that are must do’s this 4th of July weekend. That’s enough to keep you and your family busy and out of the summer heat for days on end. From the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, to the National Museum of the American Indian, the American Art Museum and more, there is a museum to browse through on practically every corner.
INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM
Set your Bond fantasies free in this amazing museum dedicated to the art of espionage. The International Spy Museum has more than 200 spy gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, technologies and more. There are interactive exhibits, special collections, lectures, events and even a whole exhibit showcasing 50 years of James Bond Villains. Spend 4th of July weekend discovering the secrets that only spies know; it’s fun for the whole family.
Here are some local tips on the best places to celebrate
NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
One of the largest 4th of July parades in America starts at 11:45am on Constitution Avenue and 7th street. The parade will feature invited bands, special military presentations, floats and celebrities. Get there early to ensure you have a great spot for viewing the excitement. This is definitely one of the best events to attend in Washington, DC during the holiday.
A CAPITOL FOURTH
Be sure to catch the free concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building from 8:00pm- 9:30pm on July 4th. Each year the concert features celebrity musicians, the National Symphony Orchestra and a great view of the largest fireworks display in the country. This nationally televised event features Tom Bergeron, Maestro Jack Everly, US Army Presidential Salute Battery and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Like everything in Washington DC on the 4th of July, be sure to arrive extra early for the best seats.
Don’t miss out on the National Mall 4th of July celebration. Public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m. Seating space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to construction, certain areas of the National Mall will be closed to the public.
ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY BASEBALL GAME
Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros July 4th, 2020
Head out to the ballpark in the morning for this annual event celebrating America’s favorite pastime.
VISIT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS EXHIBIT.
Celebrate the holiday by visiting this patriotic installation, honoring the country’s past leaders.