Are you spending your summer in D.C.? Getting overwhelmed on the 4th of July is easy to do between all of the parades, historical reenactment events, and concerts. While it can be easy to get swept up in the chaotic celebration, there are a few things you can do to make your day more enjoyable.
Go to Target, and buy a Cheap Foldable Chair
I know this one seems unnecessary, but after four hours of sitting on a miniature concrete curb no higher than five inches off the ground, I can assure you it is worth it. There is a Target just two Metro stops away from the student housing in Pentagon City, and you can get a chair with a strap for $15 that you can use for the parade and the fireworks.
Go see the Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Each year, the National Archives holds a reenactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The reenactment is a lot of fun; people will cheer as the Founding Fathers sign the Declaration of Independence, kids will run with American flags, and dogs will wear their most patriotic clothing. Watching the reenactment also allows you to hold a spot for the parade, which starts just a few hundred feet before the National Archives.
Tips for Fireworks on the Capitol Steps
Now for the coolest part by far. If you want to have an extremely patriotic 4th of July, this is a can’t miss opportunity. It doesn’t get much more American than watching Fireworks from the Capitol steps while listening to the National Anthem. Here are a few tips for your night:
- The steps open at 3; absolutely do not get there at 3. You should show up about 30 minutes before the concert, or you will be sweating and sunburned by the time anything happens.
- Be sure and take the foldable chair you got from target. Marble does not make for a comfortable seat.
- Find a group of friends to go with you, or make friends when you get there.
The 4th of July in D.C. could certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so use these tips to make the most of it. What excites you the most about the 4th of July in D.C.?
Office of Congressman John Carter
Summer 2022 | Washington, D.C.