For all you readers enjoying the summer Hoya life, Vox put together a list of a few of the things you can do in the District to celebrate the day of America’s independence—since trying to provide your own pyrotechnic entertainment could result in a hefty $2,000 fine.
National Independence Day Parade
This annual parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Constitution Ave. and 7th St. and end at the intersection of Constitution Ave. and 17th St. The Parade will consist of bands from across the country, parade floats, military and equestrian units, national dignitaries and celebrities. This classic tradition is a great way to start off the Fourth of July festivities.
Independence Day at the National Archives
The National Archives will be hosting a variety of family-oriented events to celebrate Independence Day throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening. The celebration begins with a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps and the United States Air Force Band are scheduled. Following these performances, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactments of a few founding fathers. In addition to the ceremony, the archives will be hosting more events throughout the day, and exhibits will remain open until 5:30 p.m.
A Capitol Fourth
Another national 4th of July tradition begins at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by TV personality Tom Bergeron and music legend Barry Manilow, the event will include performances by the National Symphonic Orchestra along with performances by singers from American Idol and Glee and other pop music sensations. The National Symphonic Orchestra will cap off the festivities with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” in companion with live cannon fire from The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery. The full lineup of performers is available on their website.
As members of “without a doubt…the worst period generation period ever period,” whatever that means, Hoyas happen to reside in one of the best spots to celebrate this paid federal holiday: the nation’s capital. Even though this character from the new Aaron Sorkin HBO series Newsroom thinks America isn’t the greatest country in the world, and misses a time when minorities and women had even fewer rights, I think we can all agree on a few things: barbecues, beer, and fancy lighting in the sky.
Here’s a list of some of the best spots to observe the fireworks and reflect on why we love America (after the jump):
There is simply no better place to celebrate Independence Day than our nation’s capital. Here is Vox‘s guide to the big events going on in the D.C. area that will help you get your patriotic groove on. Keep in mind, however, that the Smithsonian Metro stop will be closed on the big day.
Don’t Rain on my Parade!
The National Independence Day Parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. It will conclude at 17th Street. It’s sure to be a gross display of patriotism in oppressive heat and humidity with large crowds contributing their body heat to the mix—don’t miss out!
Lobsterbacks and Bayonets Not Included
The Archives will host an all-day Fourth of July celebration on Sunday. At 10:00 a.m., there’ll be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. In the Jefferson Room, according to Archives officials, visitors can use a real quill pen to write down what’s stuck in their craw, put on a tri-corner hat and read their own declaration, and—here’s the best part—get a National Archives temporary tattoo! Very gangster.