National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC
This map shows the route for the Washington, DC 4th of July Parade which runs along Constitution Ave, NW beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street. The parade is held passes by many of the city's most popular attractions including The Ellipse, the grounds of the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.
Transportation and Parking
As with most special events in Washington, DC, the best way to get downtown is by Metro. The closest stations are Smithsonian, Federal Triangle and Archives/Navy Memorial. Parking is very limited in this part of Washington, DC. See information about parking near the National Mall. The Independence Day Parade is a major annual event that draws a large crowd. It is highly recommended that you take public transportation and arrive early. Metro Stations near the National Mall include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, and Archives-Navy Memorial. Note that the closest Metro Stations will be the busiest and there are many stations within a walkable distance. You can save time and avoid crowds by going to a station that is more than a few blocks away from the parade route. Plan ahead and load enough money on your SmarTrip card in advance.
Map User Tips
- The parade route is shown by the green line.
- Reviewing stands are located at the two green dots .
- Parking is very limited in this part of Washington, DC (the major parking garages are shown on the map by the blue "P" icons). There are many road closures on the 4th of July.
For more details about transportation and parking, Read Getting to the National Mall on the 4th of July.
For more information about all of the 4th of July events, see Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC.
See a zoomed in version of the map on the next page
Closeup View of the Independence Day Parade Route
The Washington, DC 4th of July Parade runs along Constitution Avenue a major street that runs east-west in the heart of Downtown Washington DC. The best way to get to the parade is to take public transportation.
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. See a guide for using Washington Metro.
The nation's capital is a great place to celebrate patriotic holidays. There are a wide variety of family-friendly events taking place around the region. For more information about all of the 4th of July events, see Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC.