Free and family friendly July 4th events in Washington DC 2018
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America’s birthday will be celebrated with spectacular events on the 4th of July in Washington D.C. in 2018. Kids and adults will have a blast at free and family-friendly events being held in honor of Independence Day.

 A Capitol Fourth 2018
July 4 @ 8 p.m. (gates open to the public at 3 p.m.)
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C. 20500

America’s favorite patriotic Independence Day Celebration will thrill spectators with inspiring music and dazzling fireworks.  feature music and the best fireworks display in the nation. A Capitol Fourth will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  Military troops will watch from around on the American Forces Network. John Stamos will act as host and conductor Jack Everly will direct the National Symphony Orchestra. The spectacular lineup of guests will include Jimmy Buffet with the cast of the Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, the Beach Boys, The Temptations, Pentatonix, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, CeCe Winans, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. The fireworks spectacular will follow the concert.  This will be a free event and no tickets will be required.

A Capitol Fourth Concert Rehearsal
July 3 @ 8 p.m.
West Lawn US Capitol, Washington D.C. 20500

The rehearsal for a Capitol Fourth Concert will be held on July 3.  The performance lineup and music will be the same. Admission will be free.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 27-July 1 & July 4-8 @ 11:30 a.m.
National Mall, 14th St., NW & Madison Dr., NW Washington, DC 20560

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is family-friendly and free to attend.  There will be evening concerts on most nights at 6:30 p.m. Parking around the National Mall is limited, so public transportation is recommended

July 4th at the National Archives
June 29-July 5 @ Various Times
National Archives, Constitution Ave., Washington D.C. 2056

Special family-friendly events will commemorate and celebrate the U.S. Constitution. The highlight will be on July 4 at 10 a.m., when they will hold a Declaration of Independence Ceremony. The event will a performance of the National Anthem, patriotic music by the Fife and Drums Corps, and a performance of “America the Beautiful.” The dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence will be enhanced by performances by re-enactors portraying historical characters, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Hancock, John Dunlap, and Ned Hector.

The National Independence Day Parade
July 4 @ 11:45 a.m.
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets, Washington, D.C.

The nation’s biggest and best Independence Day Parade will be on historic Constitution Avenue. Kids and adults will have fun viewing the procession celebrating America’s birthday. The parade and will include marching bands, float, military groups, and more.  The one-mile parade route will march on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street. NW.  It tends to be less crowded toward the end of the route, so it might be easier to view the parade in that area.

July 4th Parade with Washington Revels
July 4 @ 9 a.m.
Carroll Ave & Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20910

The 129th Takoma Park Parade will be open to all who want to join or to watch and cheer. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. The fireworks show will be at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Rd.) at about 9:30 p.m.