What better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than the place that is home to the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution? While the fireworks are a necessary end to the day, the 4th of July celebrations at the National Archives are the perfect way to start the Fourth — and the best part is that they’re free and open to the public.
If you get there bright and early at 8 a.m. you’ll have the chance to grab a t-shirt and flag, as they’ll be handing them out to the first 1,000 visitors. The Experience Band and Show will take the stage to start the day with sweet brass melodies that will get you in the spirit. From there, there will be a ceremony celebrating the reading of the Declaration of Independence with special military and government guests. Afterward, the parade will start at 11:45 a.m. with plenty of time to head home to enjoy some hamburgers and hot dogs before the fireworks.