Monday, April 18, 2016

Celebrating Independence Day in Washington D.C. with a parade and fireworks

Feels like spring has just begun, but before we know it, the 4th of July will be upon us! As summertime kicks into full swing, what better place to celebrate America's day of Independence than in the U.S. Capital? 

Every year an exciting 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 parade takes place on (when else!) July 4th and, as customary, begins at 11:45 a.m. I'd recommend you get there early and lean towards public transportation because parking is bound to be a nightmare (availability is tough, at best on non-event days and during parade day, many parking spaces will be roped off). Keep in mind the Metro will probably be jam-packed too. You also want to ensure you get a good spot so you can view the parade and not to miss a thing. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended, but we got there early and had a great time.

Before and after the parade, there are lots of activities going on around the National Mall. The Mall area opens at 10 a.m. for public access - keep in mind you do need to go through security checkpoints to enter the area.

The spectacular and famous fireworks begin at dark. (If you can't stay for the fireworks, these are also televised, it's not going to be the same experience – 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.

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