Celebrating Fourth of July in DC

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 238th birthday.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 238th birthday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Fireworks display during A Capitol Fourth 2015 Independence Day concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol concerts)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: Fireworks display during A Capitol Fourth 2015 Independence Day concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol concerts)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Fireworks explode over the National Mall to mark the United States' Independence Day July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The pyrotechnic display celebrated the 239th anniversary of the United States' declaration of independence from England.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: Fireworks explode over the National Mall to mark the United States’ Independence Day July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The pyrotechnic display celebrated the 239th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of independence from England. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 237th birthday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 237th birthday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 238th birthday.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Fireworks display during A Capitol Fourth 2015 Independence Day concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol concerts)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Fireworks explode over the National Mall to mark the United States' Independence Day July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The pyrotechnic display celebrated the 239th anniversary of the United States' declaration of independence from England.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 237th birthday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — There’s no better place to observe Independence Day than in the nation’s capital. And with an endless number of parades, parties, concerts — and yes, fireworks — even the most passionate partygoers are sure to be entertained.

Whether you’re traveling into town for the long weekend, or staying put at home in the area, here’s everything you need to know to make the holiday a memorable one.

Fireworks around the region

 Top 8 Fourth of July events in the D.C. area

The best places to watch the fireworks

What to know about Metro, transit on July 4

Holiday freebies

Food for the Fourth

FAQs


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