For the first time since 2019, Independence Day in the nation’s capital will look almost normal. Parades, cookouts, fireworks — even the National Symphony Orchestra performing on the Capitol’s West Lawn. Whether you want a traditional Fourth of July, a community parade or just colorful explosions in the sky, this is a weekend to celebrate.
A Capital Fourth, the long-running concert performed on the Capitol’s West Lawn, is once again open to the public. Hosted by country singer Mickey Guyton, this year’s concert includes performances by Yolanda Adams, Gloria Gaynor and Keb’ Mo’, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”). Gates on Third Street NW and SW open at 3 p.m., according to the Capitol Police. The concert runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and is broadcast live on PBS.
Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:09 p.m. Fireworks are launched from the sides of the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool, and areas on and around the Mall are closed to the public or require visitors to go through security, including a bag check. The National Park Service website has maps of these areas, including the four security access points.