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Celebrate July 4 in D.C.

National Independence Day Parade

Line up along Constitution Avenue to observe D.C.’s annual National Independence Day Parade. Expect to see fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, elaborate floats and VIPs galore. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. and is held between 7th and 17th streets.

Free Concert at U.S. Capitol

Find a spot on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for “A Capitol Fourth,” which begins at 8 p.m. The concert will feature a lineup of musicians and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” by the National Symphony Orchestra. The grand finale features fireworks over the National Mall.

Fireworks on the National Mall

The annual light show will begin after 9 p.m. with many great locations to view them from including the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol.

Baseball at Nationals Park

Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox at 11 a.m. on July 4 at Nationals Park.

July 4 Independence Day at Cedar Hill

Join the National Park Service on July 4 for a day of reflection and commemoration as we honor history and celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the “Lion of Anacostia.” Celebrate Independence Day starting at 9 a.m. with special activities at Douglass’s Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia in Southeast. Bring your blankets and a picnic to view the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill at 9:09 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.

Schedule of events:

9 a.m. – Join ranger-led house tours given at 9, 10 and 10:15 a.m.
11 a.m. – Actor Darius Wallace will deliver Douglass’s famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” on the front porch of the house.
Noon – 6 p.m. – Journey on a self-guided tour of the house with rangers in different rooms to answer questions. Tours will be on the first floor only.
1-5 p.m. – Become a bicentennial Junior Ranger and earn a limited-edition badge. Enjoy activities for children and families on the lawn. Croquet, rangers unrolling a replica of the 1877 American flag (1877 was the year Douglass moved to Cedar Hill), storytelling and living history actors portraying Douglass and his family.
7 p.m. – See an encore performance from actor Darius Wallace as he delivers Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech on the front porch of the house.
8-9 p.m. – Enjoy a Fourth of July-themed full orchestra concert by D.C. Strings on the front porch of Douglass’s Cedar Hill home. Listen to music as you settle in to watch the fireworks.
9:09 p.m. – Witness a grand view of the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill, just like Douglass would have. Enjoy music from D.C. Strings during the fireworks show.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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