The Washington D.C. Independence Day Parade is one of the many highlights of this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Washington D.C. The parade features floats, VIP’s, equestrian teams, drill teams and military units. This year’s parade features 14 bands from all over the United State (10 states to be exact). The parade starts at 11:45 a.m. and the route goes from Constitution Avenue and 7th and 17th. Visitors are required to enter via a security checkpoint.
Getting there To get to the National Mall on the Fourth of July, we strongly recommend public transportation. Metrorail hours of operation on July 4th are from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. It typically takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to clear the Mall after the fireworks. Metro Stations near the National Mall include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, Archives-Navy Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery . Following the parade stick around for ‘A Capitol Fourth’ a live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The show will be hosted by Tom Bergeron from Dancing with the Stars and will star the National Symphony Orchestra with pops conductor Jack Everly directing. The show will also include performances by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. As the music nears to a close, the fireworks will begin, producing a dramatic finale with the Washington DC skyline illuminated under the colorful explosions in the night sky. For those in the city celebrating, you will take in the celebrations of our nation’s birthday with the monuments Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson shining under the same-lit sky as yourself. The blasts will shine bright in the air and in the water of the Reflecting Pool. You cannot get more American than watching the Washington D.C. Independence Day Parade this Fourth of July.