4th of July Weekend in DC: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Things to Do with Kids

See the iconic DC fireworks this 4th of July. Photo courtesy of washington.org
See the iconic DC fireworks this 4th of July. Photo courtesy of washington.org

Looking for the best things to do in DC this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend

It’s 4th of July weekend, and there's no better place to celebrate than our nation's capitol! With the holiday falling on a Monday this year, DC families can look forward to a three-day weekend packed with fun. 

Kick off Independence Day weekend with the big parade in Washington, DC, or head to a smaller hometown celebration such as Kensington's Fourth of July Bike Parade or the 4th of July Hometown Celebration & Fireworks in Great Falls, Virginia. Of course, there are plenty of fireworks shows to choose from, including the biggest one of all—the DC fireworks on the National Mall.

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Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Imagination Stage - 10:45 AM Pick
Holly Trolley Fest
National Capital Trolley Museum - 11:30 AM Pick
Winter Wonderland
Burke Lake Park - 11:00 AM Pick
Weekend Workshops
National Portrait Gallery - 11:30 AM Pick
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