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4th of July in Washington DC

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Washington DC 4th of July Celebrations

We created this page to help guests 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!

“Local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday”

Old Town Trolley of Washington, DC wishes you and your family a safe and eventful 4th of July.

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.

Washington DC Residents Receive Free Admission*

Bring out of town guests for a great trolley tour and get your ticket for free. Washington, DC Residents Receive Free Admission for Old Town Trolley DC with a full paying adult guest. Sign up for our Hometown Pass program today.

Attractions Open July 4th

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, a visit to Arlington is something you must do.

Washington Monument

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, 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.
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Smithsonian Museums

There are more than 19 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC and several others that are must do’s this 4th of July. 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.

smithsonian museum natural history in Washington DC interior

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 discovering the secrets that only spies know; it’s fun for the whole family.

indoor exhibit at international spy museum showing guests holding phones and standing in front of a wall to wall, floor to ceiling digital wall

Restaurants and Places to Eat

Taqueria Habanero

Like the venerable pizza, tacos, also portable and delicious, are having a gastronomic moment in America and one of the best places to get them this 4th of July is at Taqueria Habanero. The glorious and bold flavors of Puebla, Mexico have found their way to the Nation’s capital with freshly made tortillas, fiery salsas, and eye-pleasing plates to please your spice-loving palate.

Call Your Mother Deli

Looking for an old-school deli in the heart of Washington DC? Then, you better call mom. Rated by Eater as one of the 16 best new restaurants in America, Call Your Mother Deli has got all your favorites and a few secrets as well. Enjoy your 4th of July afternoon trying the smoked brisket and pastrami sub on a challah roll or their unique spin on a pizza bagel!

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.

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National Mall

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.

sunset picture of WWII memorial in Washington DC made up of columns and fountains and the Lincoln Memorial far off in the background

Annual Independence Day baseball game

Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds July 4th, 2023

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.

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