PHOTOS: July 4 celebrations in the DC area

WASHINGTON —  Fireworks, music, parades and more helped locals celebrate the United States’ 242nd birthday on Wednesday.

Find photos and videos of the festivities from around the D.C. area below.

President Donald Trump speaks, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump speaks, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, top center, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, top center, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stand on the Truman Balcony as the national anthem is performed during the Fourth of July Celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  People cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.  An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and  is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: People cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Children cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.  An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and  is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: Children cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump
President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, are silhouetted as they stand on the Truman Balcony during the Fourth of July Celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
A child takes a drink in front of the food buffet during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A child takes a drink in front of the food buffet during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
U.S. flags surrounding the Washington Monument are backlit by the rising sun on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
U.S. flags surrounding the Washington Monument are backlit by the rising sun on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
A flag in the shape of the United States is seen at Nationals Park in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Jonathan Warner)
A flag in the shape of the United States is seen at Nationals Park in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Jonathan Warner) (WTOP/Jonathan Warner)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell) (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
(1/20)
President Donald Trump speaks, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, top center, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  People cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.  An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and  is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Children cool themselves in water spray from a fire truck outside the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Independence Day July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.  An oppressive heat has settled over much of the nation and  is expected to last at least through the end of the week, according to forecasts.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump, Melania Trump
A child takes a drink in front of the food buffet during an afternoon picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
U.S. flags surrounding the Washington Monument are backlit by the rising sun on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
A flag in the shape of the United States is seen at Nationals Park in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Jonathan Warner)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)
A view of the parade in D.C. on Fourth of July 2018. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)


Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

© 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up