Enjoy an outdoor movie with friends and family in DC. Photo by Roquois Clarke
Enjoy an outdoor movie with friends and family in DC. Photo by Roquois Clarke

The Best Things to Do in DC in July with Kids

July in DC is all about fireworks and picnics, and staying up late to catch fireflies. And outdoor movies. And country fairs.

First things first: While COVID is still impacting some Independence Day fun, Fourth of July fireworks shows are sparkling back this summer, with the usual extravaganza in DC proper, and smaller, but still impressive, local shows in the 'burbs and beyond. And while conventional parades are standing still one more year, Takoma Park is hosting a "Parade" of Houses, encouraging people to transform their real estate into lavishly decorated "floats" cars can drive past.

The best news is the return of outdoor movie nights, all FREE!, all over town and beyond, including DC proper, Chantilly, Arlington, Alexandria, and Vienna. And, oh, did we forget to mention that the Loudoun County Fair returns at the end of the month?

We've got details on all those events and more in our Mommy Poppins activity calendar. We also have all the info you need to find a fun water park, plot a summer day trip, or cool down at a local pool.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: In Washington DC, especially now, things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.


Stay cool, and keep an eye on the calendar as more events pile in.

Places featured in this article:

National Building Museum

Various locations

Washington DC - Citywide

Langdon Park Recreation Center

Silver Spring Veterans Plaza

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