Every year a large parade takes place along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street. The parade features invited bands, fife and drum corps, military units, colonial re-enactors, giant floats and balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIPs, national dignitaries and celebrities. This event is amazing and a grand event to celebrate America's birthday.
The spectacular and famous fireworks begin at dark, this year the National Park Service states they'll start at 9:09 p.m. (If you can't stay for the fireworks, these are also televised, it's probably not the same – just a guess on my part since we usually head out back to Virginia long before the fireworks – but we think it’s still a great event to see on TV!) In the event of rain, traditionally, the fireworks are postponed until July 5.