Celebrate the 4th of July in the Nation's Capitol!
There is nothing like celebrating Independence Day in Washington DC! If you find yourself here during this great holiday, you should make it a point to check out the goings on downtown. This annual celebration just keeps getting better year after year.
The whole thing kicks off with the Independence Day Parade starting at 11:45am. You can get great views off of Constitution Avenue starting at 7th Street going on down to 17th.
Then head on over to the National Mall where the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been in full swing since late June. Sample food and drinks from various cultures that make DC what it is. Hours are 11am - 5pm.
Stroll on over to the southwest corner of the Washington Monument where The Air Force Band will join together with the Gatlin Brothers for a special concert at 6pm.
More music is in store! You can stay for the "A Capitol Fourth" concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra on the Capitol steps. This year's performers include Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks, Jerry Lee Lewis and more! The concert starts at 8pm.
And finally, beginning at dark, approximately 9:15pm, you can witness one of the most spectacular fireworks displays this country has to offer. Enjoy 20-30 minutes of brilliant, dazzling fireworks commemorating our Independence!
If you decide to brave the crowds, you definitely want to take Metro. L'Enfant Plaza and Federal Triangle are the stops you want to use because the Smithsonian stop is always closed during the July 4th festivities.
Finally, if all the hoopla keeps you at home this year, check out "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS where you can enjoy the revelry in the comfort of home in high def. Or, you can enjoy fireworks at other places in Virginia or Maryland.
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