Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP's. The 4th of July Parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America's birthday and draws a large crowd. Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th and the parade is the beginning of a full day celebration of America's birthday.
Parade Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts.
See a map of the parade route
Public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m., with all visitors are required to enter via a security checkpoint. Read more about getting to the National Mall, public transportation, parking, security and road closures.
Tips for Attending the Parade
- Arrive early to find a good viewing spot.
- Bring food and water. Vendors will be available, but lines may be long.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Shady spots are at a minimum, so be prepared to cope with hot and humid weather.
- Wear patriotic clothing to show your American spirit.
Following the parade you can spend the afternoon enjoying the cultural festivities at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival which takes place on the National Mall from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. A variety of activities will keep you busy throughout the afternoon. A Capitol Fourth Concert begins at 8 p.m. on the Capitol grounds and the evening ends with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.