Fourth of July: DC's Schedule of Events, Parades, ‘A Salute to America' and More

What to Know

  • Much of the National Mall will be gated off on July 4, accessible via six access points
  • Expect security for "A Salute to America" at the Lincoln Memorial and "A Capitol Fourth" on the West Lawn of the Capitol
  • Washington, D.C.'s, fireworks are set to go off at 9:07 p.m. from West Potomac Park

The Fourth of July in Washington, D.C., is always a spectacular affair with a parade down Constitution Avenue, concerts, fireworks and more.

This year, spectators can also expect a tribute to the military, complete with flyovers and demonstrations and an appearance by President Trump at the Lincoln Memorial.

Here's the rundown of the major festivities on the National Mall.

National Mall Secure Area Opens
10 a.m.

A swath of the National Mall will be gated off for security reasons, but the public can enter through secure access points starting at 10 a.m.

The secure area encompasses the area from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument and surrounding the Tidal Basin. 

Even if you just want to pass by a memorial, you'll need to enter through an access point. Here's a full list of access points.

Weapons, alcohol, glass and some other things are prohibited. Here's a full list.

National Independence Day Parade
11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW

Would it be the Fourth of July without drum corps, marching bands, dancers and giant ballons? The National Independence Day Parade has all the patriotic fixings, and it's free to attend.

Arrive early and head to the end of the route for a better chance to beat the crowds.

"A Salute to America"
Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
Event goes 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Lincoln Memorial

President Donald Trump's pet project in the capital's Fourth festivities is "A Salute to America," which honors the armed forces. Expect music, military demonstrations and more, the National Park Service says.

The Blue Angels, Air Force 1 and aircraft from all five branches of the military will conduct flyovers.

President Trump will also deliver a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Tickets are required to get close to the president's address and those must be acquired through the White House.

The U.S. Army Band, U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the Old Guard Fire and Drum corps are a few scheduled participants.

You'll need to enter the secure area to attend this event, and expect the tightest security restrictions near "A Salute to America". Large bags, coolers, canned drinks, iPads and tablets will not be allowed.

The area closest to the memorial will be reserved for ticket holders, but there will be standing room open to the public near part of the Reflecting Pool.

"A Capitol Fourth"

8-9:30 p.m.
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Carole King, Vanessa Williams, Colbie Caillat and Vanessa Carlton just a few perfomers set to take the stage in honor of America's 243rd birthday. John Stamos will host "A Capitol Fourth" and even the Sesame Street Muppets will make a special apperance.

The concert is free and open to the public. General Admission gates usually open at 3 p.m., organizers say. You'll have to pass through security to enter. Food and drink are allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.

9:07 p.m. and 9:22 p.m.
Launch Site: Lincoln Memorial and West Potomac Park

This fireworks display is being hyped as one of the biggest the nation's capital has ever seen. West Potomac Park will close to the public so two companies reportedly can join forces for a pyrotechnic blowout visible from much of D.C. and Northern Virginia. Taxpayers won't be footing the bill on this display, though: the companies have said they're donating their fireworks to set a record for the biggest show.

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