New York City and Sydney may hold the title for the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world, but for the Fourth of July there is no contest. Washington, DC’s celebration of American independence is an over the top and star-studded affair showcasing PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” an annual concert that takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This free hour-and-a-half concert features The National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington as well as a lineup of stars. It all leads up to a spectacular fireworks show, which kicks off shortly after dark at 9:00 p.m. ET.
In Case You Can’t Make It, a Capitol Third (Without the Fireworks)
If you cannot make it on the Fourth, a full concert dress rehearsal for this event will take place on July 3rd, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET. *No fireworks will be set off during the dress rehearsal.
Monday, July 4th, 2016
8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET
The West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
No tickets necessary. On July 4th, public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 am. The U.S. Capitol grounds open at 3:00 p.m., so come early to get a good spot. There is a small ticketed VIP section near the stage, but tickets are usually reserved for friends and family of PBS, the organization that puts on the event each year.