Celebrate Independence Day in the DC Metro Area

Great Ideas for 4th of July Weekend or any weekend in Maryland, DC and Virginia

Whether you’ve lived in the DC Metro area your entire life or are a new resident, you’ll find that there is simply nothing better than enjoying all that our Nation’s Capital has to offer on Independence Day. While some of our beloved local traditions are still delayed until next year to keep our community safe, there is still so much to explore as we celebrate our independence. Here’s our list of our favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July this year. Can’t wait till July? Many ideas are great all year long.

Enjoy a Cruise Along The Potomac

Looking for a way to avoid the potential for larger crowds but still celebrate the founding of our nation? City Experiences offers a variety of cruise options including a 4th of July lunch or dinner cruise, a cruise to Mount Vernon, and a monument cruise. Be sure to book your tickets early as these limited seating tours are sure to sell out quickly.

Watch the National Firework Display

There are few things that feel more like Independence Day than fireworks. Washington DC has built a reputation for hosting some of the best fireworks in the nation. While this fireworks display is visible from all over the DC region, you can rest assured you’ll have a good viewing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, anywhere on the National Mall, or along the Potomac River in Arlington. This fireworks show starts around 9:00 PM. Be sure to bring a picnic dinner and water for you to enjoy as you wait for the show to begin.

It should be noted that, while the National Parade has been cancelled this year, there is no cancellation news relating to the firework display at this time. For updated information, be sure to check local news prior to the big day.

Go To a Nationals Game

If you are a local resident, you’ll want to be sure to go to at least one Nationals Game! What could be better than to enjoy a hotdog and watch American’s Pastime to celebrate America? Whether it’s a BBQ at home with the game on or an evening at Nationals Park, nothing encompasses the fun of America more than a baseball game.

Visit the National Archives


One of the most fascinating ways to celebrate our nation’s independence is to see our founding documents for yourself with a stop at the rotunda inside the National Archives Building. Embrace the founding of America this 4th of July weekend by enjoying a self-guided tour of our original ‘Characters of Freedom’ including the US Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and of course, our Declaration of Independence. 

As more of DC’s most beloved attractions like our Smithsonian museums and national monuments begin opening for limited capacity, it’s more vital than ever to be sure to plan your trip beforehand. Limited viewing is available by scheduling your visit here.

Take a DC Walking Tour

Consider this an opportunity to choose your own adventure. From an all-encompassing DC walking tour to more specific tours like the self-guided audio Lincoln assasination tour or the National mall experience, these tours provide the perfect opportunity for an audio introduction to DC or a true guided experience. Be a tourist for the day and book a walking tour to remind yourself just how special the DC region truly is.

Enjoy Your Day at Mount Vernon

Say hello to George and Martha this 4th of July at Mount Vernon. Between the founding history this beautiful Virginia home holds and the coveted firework display, Mount Vernon is truly a must-do for all DC metro-area locals at least once in their life. Be sure to consider attending a whiskey tasting for a mix of fun and history. 

For a USA-Inspired Weekend Getaway, Consider Visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

You can time travel to when our nation first began this 4th of July...and it’s only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Washington, DC! While there’s plenty to enjoy on a traditional day in The Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown) including historic experiences, ghost tours, and a colonial wine trail, this part of  Virginia is particularly special for Independence Day. Bring your flags and your red, white, and blue attire to celebrate America the Yorktown way all day long. Don’t plan to head home too soon! The firework display over the York River is a must-see. With historic bed and breakfasts, colonial airbnbs, and luxurious hotels, planning a long weekend in Williamsburg is sure to be memorable. 

Enjoy Some Live Music at the Sligo Creek Summer Concert Series

Looking for the best family-friendly fun in the DMV? It’s right here in Montgomery County! Join our team for the Summer Concert Series. The rolling grounds of Sligo Creek Golf Course are home to some of MoCo’s sweetest sounds each Friday from 6:00-8:00PM. For a full list of each week’s live music, be sure to check our Summer Concert Series Band Schedule

This family-friendly event features surprises all summer long, including raffles, lawn activities, a delicious burger, hotdog, or veggie burger from the Squirrel Shack, and more. Make your summer truly spectacular with us each Friday evening and join in on all the fun! The Summer Concert Series does have limited seating, so be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs with you! Don’t forget to stop by Donna Kerr Group’s booth to sign up for our newsletter to enter our weekly raffle and pick up a surprise!

Whether you plan to stay home and BBQ with your family or go on an adventure in the DC metro area, there’s no place better than the DC metro area for Independence Day. Looking for more ways to enjoy your long weekend in the DMV? Be sure to read our recent blog for some charming DC metro area day-trips!

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