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List: What to do in the DC area this week, July 1-7

Events, free things to do, festivals and more fun ideas in D.C., Maryland and Virginia for July 1-7, 2024

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The first week of July in the Washington, D.C., area is all about Independence Day fireworks and beating the heat.

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Here's what to do this week in the Washington, D.C. area.

What to do in Washington D.C.

Pixar Putt: Through Aug. 4, The Wharf, $30.50+

Nationals vs. Mets and Freedom Fireworks: Weds., July 3, 6:45 p.m., Nationals Park, $18+

Fourth of July at the National Archives: Thurs., July 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., National Archives, free

Takoma Park Parade: Thurs., July 4, begins at 10 a.m. at Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues, free

Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade: Thurs., July 4, Begins at 10 a.m. at Barracks Row, free

National Independence Day Parade: Thurs., July 4, 11:45 a.m., Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 17th streets, free

Family activities on the National Mall: Thurs., July 4, 1-8 p.m., Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument, free

Reading of "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site: Thurs., July 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1411 W St. SE, free

Palisades Parade and Picnic: Thurs., July 4, parade at 11 a.m., picnic at noon, Palisades Park in Northwest D.C., free

Capital Jewish Museum Family Day: Summer Party: Thurs., July 4, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 575 3rd Street, NW, D.C., free

Nationals vs. Mets: Thurs., July 4, 11:05 a.m., Nationals Park, $18+

A Capitol Fourth: Thurs., gates open at 3 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol grounds (Dress rehearsal on Weds., July 3 is also free and open to the public)

Fourth at The Wharf: Thurs., 5-9 p.m., The Wharf, free

July 4th Cookout and Go-Go Day Party: Thurs., July 4, noon to 9 p.m., metrobar in Northeast D.C., free admission

Generator's Banging July 4th Pool Party: Thurs., July 4, noon to 8 p.m., Generator hotel in Northwest D.C., $25 before fees

July 4 Day Party: Thurs., 4-9 p.m., Decades in Northwest D.C., free entry before 5:30 p.m.
FYI: Open bar available with RSVP from 4-5 p.m.

Hotel Hive 4th of July rooftop party: Thurs., July 4, 5-10 p.m., 2224 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., $74-$550

Bridgerton Craft Soiree: Fri., 6-9 p.m., Merry Pin at 7350 Georgia Avenue NW, $12

Nationals vs. Cardinals: Sat. and Sun., Nationals Park

NGA First Saturdays: Sat., National Gallery of Art, free

Cool Down Movie Time: "The Princess and the Frog": Sat., noon to 2 p.m., Anacostia Community Museum, free

Singalong Saturdays: Live band karaoke: Sat., 7-9 p.m., The Wharf’s Transit Pier, free

National Museum of Women in the Arts free day: Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free but tickets required

What to do in Maryland

Global Bites Fest: Through July 6, Rockville

Dino Safari Festival: July 4 to Aug. 4, at Westfield Montgomery Mall, $20.88+

Shakespeare In The Parks: “A Midsummer Night's Dream”

  • Wed., 7:30 p.m., Riverdale House Museum, free
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, free
  • Sat., 7:30 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, free

Live music at Babycat Brewery: Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun., Kensington, Maryland, free admission

Surprisingly Savannah: The Mobile Tour: Sat. and Sun., National Harbor, free

What to do in Virginia

Fredericksburg Nationals vs. Delmarva Shorebirds with postgame fireworks: Weds., July 3, 6:05 p.m., Virginia Credit Union Stadium in Fredericksburg, $10+

An American Celebration: Thurs., July 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Vernon, included with admission

The Great Meadow Independence Day Celebration: Thurs., July 4,  gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk, The Plains, Virginia, $52-$515

Columbia Pike Movie Nights: Fri. and Sat., free

MAGICAL MYSTERY DOORS – A Tribute to The Beatles, Led Zepplin, and The Doors: Fri., The Birchmere in Alexandria, $35

EU Sugar Bear: Sat., Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, free

Comedian Donnell Rawlings: Sat., The Birchmere in Alexandria, $49.50

Specialty tour: “Hamilton’s BFFs and Frenemies”: July 5-12, Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Alexandria, $8 per person ages 5 and up.

Coming up later in July

Capital Fringe Festival: Begins July 11, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Romanian Weekend at The Wharf: July 11-12 (Fri. to Sun.), Washington, D.C., free

Alexandria & USA Birthday Celebration: Sat., July 13, Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria, Virginia, free

Home Rule Music Festival: Part II: Sat., July 20, Alethia Tanner Park in Northeast D.C., free

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