Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate our Nation’s birthday. Begin the evening with A Capitol 4thConcert on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Time: 8 - 9:30 p.m. (Admittance begins at 3 p.m.) A 4th of July tradition in the nation's capital includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and several pop artists performing patriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The concert and show is followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. Fireworks on the National Mall begin at approximately 9:15. The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.
If you would rather stay closer to home, Montgomery County has several great options.
MID COUNTY SPARKLESAlbert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington, Maryland.
This event kicks off with a concert by Gringo Jingo performing Santana cover songs at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. The county-sponsored show allows visitors to bring low lawn chairs, blankets and coolers—although alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Food vendors will be on site. The county is offering a free shuttle available only from Westfield Wheaton North Plaza parking lot beginning at 6:15 p.m.
GERMANTOWN GLORYSouth Germantown Recreational Park
This county-sponsored fireworks show starts at 7 p.m. with a performance by Quiet Fire, a soul band that covers hits from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Those attending can bring low lawn chairs, coolers and blankets, but alcohol is prohibited. Free parking is available.
FIREWORKS IN ROCKVILLEMattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Dr. Rockville, Maryland.
The city of Rockville will host its July 4 celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm. Music begins at 6 p.m. with the Rockville Concert Band. The fireworks display will commence at 9:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and drinks. No barbecuing or open flames are allowed.
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