The center of Washington's Independence Day festivities lies at the National Mall, where visitors will have several activities to enjoy all day Sunday, culminating with the world-famous fireworks display.

Public access to the National Mall begins at 10 a.m., with all visitors required to enter via a National Mall Entrance Point.

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The annual festival, co-sponsored by the National Park Service, will continue to run on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets.

Signer of the Declaration of Independence for a Day

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The White House Visitor Center will host games, crafts and other activities for both children and adults, all simulating the sights, sounds and personages that helped finalize the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day Parade

11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Floats, marching bands costumed characters and representatives from all branches of the armed forces will march westward along Constitution Avenue from Seventh Street to 17th Street, NW.

Interpretive programs

2 - 8 p.m.

Visitors to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial can sign a large copy of the Declaration of the Independence and will encounter National Park Service staff dressed in 1776 period clothing.

Independence Day Concert

6 - 9:10 p.m.

On the Washington Monument grounds near the intersection of 17th and Independence Avenue, several ensembles from the U.S. Navy Band will perform, along with a special guest, jazz and contemporary vocalist Jane Monheit.

"A Capitol Fourth"

8 - 9:30 p.m.

On the West Lawn of the Capitol, award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host a concert featuring performances by the likes of R&B/soul singer Gladys Knight, country music star Reba McEntire, "American Idol" singer David Archuleta and classical pianist Lang Lang, among others. The concert will be broadcast live on PBS and shown to U.S. service members abroad.


9:10 - 9:27 p.m.

The traditional fireworks show is above the Washington Monument grounds. If rain dampens the evening, the display will go on at the same time and place Monday.


Trains will be running from 7 am to midnight, but the Smithsonian Metro station will be closed for most of the day for security restrictions, opening again shortly after the conclusion of the fireworks show. Metro riders are advised to use these stations to get to the National Mall: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Metro Center, Archives Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Judiciary Square, Union Station, L'Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, Federal Center SW.