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Fireworks in DCWashington, DC throws a July 4 party like no other city!  This is an all-day event in the nation's capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. Following is a guide to all of the 4th of July events on the National Mall:

National Independence Day Parade:  Parade begins 11:45 am on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street NW.  Click on Parade for more information.

National Folklife Festival:  This annual event spotlights different cultures and heritages and is held along the Mall.  Click on Folklife for more information.

A Capitol Fourth Concert:  Concert begins 8:00 and goes to 9:30 (gates open to the public at 3:00 pm).  Actor Matthew Broderick, country singer Josh Turner, composer John Williams and a dozen U.S. Olympic athletes will be among the headliners for this year's concert.  For more information, please visit Capitol Fourth.

Fireworks:  Display of fireworks begin at 9:10 over the Washington Monument.

As there will be many street closures and very limited parking, use of public transportation is highly recommended.  See below for information on getting around. 


Visit our interactive map to view the options that are available for getting to this event.



The Metrorail and Metrobus are both excellent ways to get around the District and the entire DC area.  On the Blue and Orange Lines, the Capitol South Metro and the Federal Center Metro stops are convenient to the Capitol grounds.  Union Station, on the Red Line, and Archives/Navy Memorial, on the Green and Yellow Lines, are also within a few blocks walk of the Capitol.

Bus routes nearby include:  12, 13, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, A11, A12 and J11.  Metrobuses will be operating on a Saturday schedule so please be sure to check the schedules.




At just $1 a trip, it’s hard to beat this easy way to get around town.  There is a stop adjacent to the Capitol at 1st Street & Maryland Avenue NE on the Union Station-Navy yard route.  Due to street closures, routes may be affected.  Visit for information on schedules and routes.



With over 1,225 bikes at over 155+ stations in the District and Arlington County, this on-demand mode of transportation is sure to get you on your way. And at just $7 for a 24-hour membership, it won’t break the bank either. There are a number of bike stations within a short walk of the Capitol to include:  4th & D Street NW/Judiciary Square, Maryland & Independence Avenue SW and 3rd & D Street SE.  For more information on annual or monthly memberships, or to check out the station locations, please visit