Four things to do on the Fourth (other than savoring being an American)
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.
4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall
No 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks! Following the conclusion of “A Capitol Fourth” (which should be around 9:15 p.m.) a fireworks show will be held on the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial and light up the sky above the Washington Monument. Given the patriotism that can be found in our nation’s capital, in addition to the patriotic fervor generated by the 4th of July celebrations, the fireworks over the National Mall should be a perfect way to wrap up your 4th of July.
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