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With our country’s 239th birthday fast approaching, everyone in our nation’s capital is gearing up for another installment of our favorite holiday. There’s no better place to enjoy Independence Day than in the streets surrounding Capitol Hill. For a little inside knowledge on where to go and what to see, here are a few ideas on how to celebrate the Fourth of July on in Washington, DC.

Watch to the Parade

Every year, America’s National Independence Day Parade heads down Constitution Avenue in front of thousands of spectators. Be sure to wear your red, white, and blue for this fun gathering. Nearby, the National Folklife Festival on the Mall will feature musical performances, and more for parade attendees.

Visit the National Archives

Head over to the National Archives between 11am and 2pm on the Fourth for a truly American celebration. From a presentation of colors to performances to a full-length reading of the Declaration of Independence, this get together is patriotism at its finest.

Attend A Capitol Fourth

Later on, around 8pm, head over to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building for A Capitol Fourth, which is a family-friendly concert and festival. It will be broadcast live by PBS, but why watch from the television when you can experience it in person? Past performers of this iconic event include major names like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. Find out who will lead the charge this year at this party next to the Capitol Building.

See the Fireworks on the National Mall

From the Capitol Building, head back to the National Mall for the fireworks show. Seeing the monuments lit up by the pyrotechnics for roughly twenty minutes is a stunning end to your DC Independence Day.

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