Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington DC 2012

Deciding to visit our Nation’s Capitol for Independence day will prove to be an excellent choice.

To start off this all-day celebration, start with the parade. It kicks off at 11:45am and will run along Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th street. Independence day is one of the most celebrated holidays in DC, and attendance is huge, so please arrive early to ensure you get a good view.

After the parade is complete, you can walk over to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year’s theme is “Campus and Community, Citified, and Unfolding the Aids Memorial Quilt“.

This event will run from 11am-5pm and will consist of wonderful music with talented dancers performing as well as cooking demonstrations and storytelling. Creativity and Crisis will present unfolding the Aids Memorial quilt which will mark the 25th anniversary of the quilt and the 30 years the epidemic has been affecting the world. This is a great event where people from all woks of life come to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. To see a map of the festival please click this link.

At 3pm the Capitol Fourth Concert will start allowing visitors to enter.

The concert begins 8pm-9:30pm on the West Lawn of the Capitol. This fourth of July tradition will include the sounds of the “National Symphony Orchestra” and many other pop artist. The concert will be followed by the spectacular fireworks display over the Washington Monument. This event is #FREE – no tickets or RSVP necessary.

If you’d like to enjoy the festivities but looking for something low-key you should check out DC’s Roof-top bars. You get the best of both worlds without the crowds. Click this link for a list bars.


What are the best locations to view the fireworks?

U.S Capitol                                                                                                                         Lincoln Memorial                                                                                                  Jefferson Memorial                                                                                                       East Potomac Park                                                                                                          FDR Memorial                                                                                                          National Mall


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