Concerts and shows to check out July 4th weekend in Washington DC 2017
Kennedy Center

You've got a cookout planned, a great spot for fireworks, and you're relaxing in the summer heat. What's left? Live music. Few things are more fun than a concert, especially to celebrate a holiday in the middle of summer, when the concert season is at its peak. And Washington, D.C.--the nation's capitol--has some huge celebrations over July 4th weekend, from today's biggest stars to indie favorites, so find one you can't miss and get your tickets before they sell out!

John Mellencamp
July 3 7:30 p.m.
Wolf Trap  - 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182

Legendary singer John Mellencamp will be bringing his tour, SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR, across America this summer and stopping through Washington DC just in time for Independence Day. The tour also includes special guests Emmylou HarrisCarlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Tickets start at $45 and are available right here on AXS

Ben Folds
June 30 @ 9 p.m.
Kennedy Center - 2700 F St., NW Washington, DC 20566

Fans of singer-songwriter Ben Folds are familiar with his symphony concerts, a must-see for any fan--and 4th of July weekend brings a big one, as Folds was recently named the Artistic Advisor for the NSO and will curate, host, and perform with them. There will also be plenty of fun to be had both before and after the show, so start the weekend right! Tickets are $39 and are on sale now.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
July 1 @ 8 p.m.
Rock & Roll Hotel - 1353 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Fans of indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart can enjoy the band live on Saturday, July 1 at the Rock & Roll Hotel, joined by Beverly and Ablebody.Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 day of show.

Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra
July 3 @ 10 p.m.
Blues Alley - 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Step back in time--at least musically, that is--with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, performing the big band sounds of WWII-era music at Blues Alley on Monday, July 3, kicking off the new week and leading into Independence Day. Tickets are on sale now for $27.50.

A Capitol Fourth
July 4 @ 8 p.m.
U.S. Capitol Lawn

It's no surprise that Independence Day celebrations in the nation's capitol bring huge names, and A Capitol Fourth might bring the biggest of all. Broadcast on PBS, the event will be hosted by actor John Stamos, with performances from The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, Kellie Pickler, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Sofia Carson, Mark McGrath, and more. The concert is free and open to the public.