How to Celebrate July 4th in Washington DC

Independence Day is just around the corner and there is a dizzying number of ways to celebrate here in the District! Here’s our roundup of ways to make this July 4th in Washington DC an awesome one.

‘MURRICA at Bier Baron
Where: 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
When: July 3, 5:00 PM

Get the party started early with what is being called, “Part Theme Party. Part Comedy Show. All American.” at the Bier Baron. Dress to impress and get ready to laugh! Show up when doors open at 5 and enjoy happy hour drinks before the show starts at 6. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, but be warned: the event sold out last year so get your tickets now!


America’s National Independence Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue & 7th Street NW
When: July 4, 11:45 AM

Co-hosted by the National Park Service and produced by Diversified Events, this quintessential July 4th experience is complete with invited bands from around the country, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.

NoMa BID July 4th Bash
Where: 1005 First Street NE
When: July 4, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

After the parade, kick off the holiday weekend with your neighbors at Storey Park in NoMa. You can expect live bluegrass music, moon bounces, and face painting, as well as free hamburgers, hotdogs and watermelon for the first 200 attendees, courtesy of our neighborhood Harris Teeter! Bring your picnic gear and your (leashed) pooch, then settle in and enjoy the festivities.

National Museum of American History

Where: 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
When: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, everyday (see calendar for extended holiday hours)

There are few things more patriotic than the American Flag. As always, the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner will be on display this weekend at the National Museum of American History. Whether this weekend brings rain or high temperatures, take a break from the outdoors to experience this piece of American history.

A Capitol Fourth Concert and Fireworks on the National Mall
Where: Fireworks launch from the Reflecting Pool
When: Concert at 8:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM

Tradition continues with the A Capitol Fourth concert, followed by firework display. This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend either or both events, show up nice and early to claim your spot: admittance begins at 3:00 PM.

Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Where: Departs from 600 Water St
When: July 4, boarding at 6:00 PM

Take in a different perspective of the city with a dinner cruise on the Odyssey! Splurge on this special experience, complete with a gourmet 3 course dinner, premium open bar, live music and dancing and, of course, a spectacular view of the monuments and fireworks. This event is 21+ and tickets are $249.90 per person.

Red White & Blue Silent Disco
Where: 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
When: July 5, 8:00 PM

Keep the party going on Sunday with a silent disco on the Graham Hotel Rooftop! Never heard of a silent disco? It goes like this: attendees wear wireless headphones and have a choice of 3 different playlists from live DJ’s to rock out to. The headsets light up in a different color for each playlist so other attendees know who’s dancing to the same tune. This is a great opportunity to take in sweeping views of the city in a less-than-traditional way! This event is 21+ and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.