Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP's. The 4th of July Parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America's birthday and draws a large crowd. Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th and the parade is the beginning of a full day celebration of America's birthday.
See Photos of the Independence Day Parade
Parade Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts.
See a map of the parade route
Public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m., with all visitors are required to enter via a security checkpoint. Read more about getting to the National Mall, public transportation, parking, security and road closures.
Tips for Attending the Parade
- Arrive early to find a good viewing spot.
- Bring food and water. Vendors will be available, but lines may be long.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Shady spots are at a minimum, so be prepared to cope with hot and humid weather.
- Wear patriotic clothing to show your American spirit.
Read more about Fourth of July in Washington, DC