Independence Day is one of America’s largest celebrations with plenty of events taking place across the United States. The national holiday, which takes place on 4th July, commemorates the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776 which formally signified that the USA was no longer part of the British Empire. While parades, barbecues, parties and fireworks displays are held all over the country, the most famous pyrotechnic display happens at the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital. The fireworks are often accompanied by an enthusiastic rendition of traditional American songs such as The Star-Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever.
If you’re travelling to the United States for Independence Day, Washington D.C. is one of the best places to celebrate. The annual Fourth of July Parade is a real sight to behold with marching bands, colourful floats and a huge crowd. The early evening brings with it the Capitol Fourth concert which takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. The icing on the cake, however, is the fireworks display, launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The spectacular pyrotechnics light up the wonderful Washington skyline with the White House in the centre - you can’t get more American than that!
If you’re in Washington for the Fourth of July, make sure you take the time to attend the Independence Day Parade. Starting at 11.45am, this is a great opportunity to experience the magic of a real all-American parade in all its glorious patriotism. The route runs the length of Constitution Avenue, starting at 7th Street and marching all the way down to 17th Street, passing by such famous sights as the Washington Monument and the National Gallery of Art. There will inevitably be a large crowd for the event so make sure you arrive early to secure a good viewing spot.
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If you’re travelling to Washington for the fireworks, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in the capital city, including: take a trip to one of the world’s most famous buildings, the White House; President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Library of Congress.
To find out more information about the Independence Day fireworks, please check out the city’s official tourism website where you can find out the history of Independence Day, where to view the best fireworks in Washington and what time the 2017 Fourth of July fireworks start.
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