Free July 4th events in Washington DC 2017
National Archives

Independence Day 2017 will be celebrated with several events in Washington D.C. The city will be alive with patriotic music, historic commemorations, parades and fireworks. Best of all, most of the 4th of July celebrations will be open to the public and free to attend.

A Capitol Fourth 2017
July 4 @ 8 p.m. (gates open to the public at 3 p.m.)
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

America’s patriotic Independence Celebration will feature music and the best fireworks display in the nation. A Capitol Fourth will be broadcast live in the U.S. on PBS, and to troops around the world on the American Forces Network. The performers will include host John Stamos, The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, Sofia Carson, The Four Tops, Chris Blue, Trace Adkins, Phillipa Soo, Jack Everly, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, The United States Army and “Pershing’s Own,” The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery

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

Celebrate Independence Day on the eve of the big celebration by attending the rehearsal for the Capitol Fourth Concert. You can see the performance for free without the big crowd of the official event. You will see the same performers listed in the above paragraph.  

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29-July 4 & July 6-9
National Mall, 14th St., NW & Madison Dr., NW Washington, DC 20560

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place over two weekends. This year the free event will present Circus Arts, On the Move (Migration Across Generations), and more.

July 4th at the National Archives
July 4 @ 9 a.m.
National Archives, Constitution Ave., Washington D.C.

The annual Independence Day celebration will commemorate the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The event will include live music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, performance of the National Anthem, Continental Color Guard, and more.

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

The biggest and best Independence Day Parade in the nation will be on historic Constitution Avenue. The patriotic parade will travel about one mile and will end at about 2 p.m.

July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park
July 4 @ 5 p.m.
Long Bridge Park, Arlington

This family-friendly event will include games, live music, moon bounces, balloon art and more. The park will offer great views of the fireworks displays in Washington D.C. Free shuttles will run between Long Bridge Park and the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stations

Sylvan Theater Stage Concert
July 4 @ 6 p.m.
National Sylvan Theater, Washington D.C.

The patriotic free concert at the Sylvan Theater will feature The United States Navy Band, Nave Concert Band, the Cruisers Rock Band, Country Current Band, and the Sea Chanters.

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

The 128th Takoma Park Parade will invite all revelers to march in the parade, or sit curbside and cheer the marchers on as spectators.