How to Celebrate Independence Day in D.C.

Experience Independence Day in Washington D.C., with an array of unforgettable events and activities. Enjoy the iconic National Independence Day Parade, explore the city's rich history with visits to the Smithsonian museums, and watch spectacular fireworks from the National Mall or the Kennedy Center Terrace. At our locations AKA White House and Hotel AKA Washington Circle, we ensure you are perfectly situated to experience all the excitement of America's birthday in the Nation's Capital. 

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Independence Day Highlights

National Independence Day Parade July 4, 2024

The National Independence Day Parade is a vibrant celebration featuring marching bands, military units, and colorful floats. Held annually on July 4th, it attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. This patriotic event is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the annual excitement of Independence Day in DC. The parade will begin on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Street at 11:45AM.

A Capitol Fourth July 4, 2024

For over 40 years, PBS has been broadcasting A Capitol Fourth, an annual star-studded concert from Washington D.C., ending in an epic firework show over the National Mall. This event is a highlight of America's Independence Day celebration, featuring a parade of superstars and offering the best in the country's entertainment. The concert begins at 8PM on July 4th and is open to the public. Access to the Capitol grounds opens at 3PM from the gates located at the southwest corner. Whether enjoyed in person or on PBS, A Capitol Fourth us a must-see event. Arriving early is recommended to secure a prime spot for this star-spangled event. 

Discover The District

Georgetown Waterfront

Just minutes away from our location at Hotel AKA Washington Circle, you will find the picturesque Georgetown Waterfront, a hub of activity in Washington D.C.'s oldest neighborhood. While Georgetown's cobblestone streets, historic bars, stylish boutiques, and famous cupcake stores are more than charming, the waterfront is where the neighborhood truly comes alive. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities, from on-the-water fun to dining with spectacular views. While you are there, take the time to explore the rest of Georgetown's top attractions and experiences, all within a short stroll of the vibrant waterfront. 

The National Cathedral

Enjoy the special celebration of July 4th in grand musical style at the National Cathedral. On Independence Day, the Cathedral hosts a special concert at 11AM, featuring the US Army Band "Pershing"s Own" Brass Quintet and Timpani, along with the Cathedral Organist Thomas Sheenan. While self-guided sightseeing is not available on July 4th, the cathedral provides a perfect vantage point to view the fireworks at night. For those looking to explore the inside, plan your visit for the day before or after to fully appreciate this historic landmark. 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Located in the heart of the nation's capital, the National Mall is home to the majority of DC's most iconic sites and monuments. Spanning over 1,000 acres that stretch from the base of the US Capitol building to the banks of the Potomac River, this symbol of strength and power has hosted major public events like presidential inaugurations, public addresses, and mass demonstrations. During the 4th of July, the National Mall is the center of the biggest Independence Day celebrations and parade. 

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Smithsonian Museums

Washington, D.C. is home to over 19 Smithsonian museums, offering plenty to explore this 4th of July. These world-class institutions provide a perfect way to keep you and your family entertained and out of the summer heat for days. From the National Air and Space Museum to the National Museum of American History, there is a museum to discover on practically every corner. The American Art Museum and many more await your visit, ensuring there is something for everyone.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center offers a wide array of events before and after Independence Day, providing a rich cultural experience. You can attend concerts, theater performances, and special celebrations leading up to and following the holiday. On July 4th, head to the rooftop terrace for a stunning view of the fireworks over the National Mall. For more details on specific events, visit the Kennedy Center's Event Calendar

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4th of July Cruises

Choose from one of the many boat tours on the Potomac, ranging from brunch to dinner and fireworks cruises. Enjoy a relaxing sail along the river with stunning views of Washington, D.C.'s monuments and landmarks, finishing with a spectacular fireworks display. Celebrate Independence Day in a unique and memorable way by combining sightseeing with festive dining and entertainment.

Where to Stay in Washington, D.C. for the 4th of July

AKA White House and Hotel AKA Washington Circle both put you at the epicenter of all the Independence Day festivities. Our prime locations offer unparalleled access to historic sites, celebratory events, and vibrant culture. Enjoy the convenience of walking to major attractions and returning to the comfort of our luxurious accommodations complemented by world-class hospitality. 

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Capital Celebrations Package

Make this Independence Day unforgettable with Hotel AKA Washington Circle's Capital Celebrations offer. Located just a short walk from the National Mall, you will be at the heart of all festivities, from the parade to the fireworks display. Your stay begins with overnight accommodations in a luxurious suite, offering unparalleled comfort and thoughtful amenities. Upon arrival, you will receive a curated welcome basket filled with patriotic goodies to set the festive tone. To enhance your experience, we have included a cozy ChappyWrap blanket, perfect for a patriotic picnic or for spreading out on the National Mall as you enjoy the fireworks display.

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