With summer in full-throttle across the nation, there is truly no shortage of events to get you out of your house and enjoy the weather. July in Washington D.C. is even more high-spirited. As the nation approaches the celebration of another year passed since the Independence, so does the capital city thrive. We’ve compiled a list of the best events for you to mark on your calendar to enjoy Washington DC in July.
July Events in Washington DC
Fourth of July is the day to celebrate freedom. You can expect no less than a no-holds-barred fireworks show in Washington DC to mark the occasion. The riotous eruption of color that’ll adorn the skies will leave you breathless. You can enjoy the view with your loved ones from the National Mall. Be sure to follow safety instructions and to inform yourself of which areas of the city will be closed off, so as to avoid any inconveniences.
When: July 4, 9:09pm
Where: National Mall (Check this full list of all of the access points)
A national treasure that’s free and open to the public. Emmy Award nominee John Stamos will host the 37th annual A Capitol Fourth. The concert is a gathering of acclaimed artists and performers, who come together to celebrate the nation’s 241st birthday. The lineup includes an opening by singer Sofia Carson, and live shows by The Blues Brothers, The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. The iconic A Capitol Fourth concert will be broadcast live from the Capitol Lawn.
When: July 4, 3:00pm – broadcast begins at 8:00pm
Where: West Lawn US Capitol, Capitol Street and First Street NW
There’s nothing quite like catching a good ole’ ball game on the Fourth of July. As part of the Patriotic Series, the Independence Day game between the Nationals and the Mets promises to be an event to remember. Tickets are a must in order to attend, so be sure to secure yours on the event website.
When: July 4, 11:05am
Where: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol Street SE
A one-time event in DC, America Now: We the Party People JFK 100 continues the tradition of remembering, honoring, and celebrating JFK’s immeasurable legacy on the occasion of his 100th birthday and the start of this year’s Fourth of July Weekend in DC. The event will consist of lightning TED-style talks by Claire Jerry, Shannon Perrich, Peter Manseau, Steve Olikara, and more. You can enjoy 1960s-inspired catering, an exhibition of objects out of storage, as well as live music entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite.
When: July 1, 7-11pm
Where: American History Museum, 14th Street and Constitutional Avenue
This bold new installation designed by Studio Gang, the renowned architectural firm based in New York and Chicago, is an innovative setting in which interactive programs, concerts, and tours will take place. Hive’s structure will be comprised of over 2,700 paper that will, at its peak point, reach 60 feet. The unique features of the design will provide guests with a distinct way of experiencing light and sound. This latest collaboration between the National Building Museum and Studio Gang is a real treat for inquisitive minds in DC, and will remain open until September.
When: Opens on July 4
Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar will embark on a multi-city tour this July. One of his tour stops is in DC’s Verizon Center, where he’ll be joined by guests Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Seize the opportunity to catch this 7-time Grammy award-winning musician perform live while he’s in town.
When: July 21, 7:30pm
Where: Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW
This month, the rare opportunity to watch two world-class soccer teams, Manchester United and FC Barcelona, face off on an American playground is really happening. The teams, who feature famed players Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar, have legions of devoted fans. The game is part of the International Champions Cup and is expected to be a highlight sporting event in DC this month. Grab your tickets before they’re sold out!
When: July 26
Where: FedExField, 1600 Fedex Way, Hyatsville, MD
This interactive, family-friendly event is sure to entertain and enthrall kids and adults alike. The presentation this year is centered on two fronts: Circus Arts, which focuses on the history of the American circus and its rich culture and On the Move, which seeks to display how American culture has been influenced by the diversity the country has experienced as a result of cross-cultural migration. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a traditional event free of charge that occurs during the summer in DC.
When: July 6 – July 9
Where: National Mall, 14th St NW and Madison Dr NW
As the event’s name suggests, the Capital Fringe Festival aims to expand horizons where music, art, and theater are concerned, as well as expose the audience to experimental and unconventional forms of art and performances. Capital Fringe prides itself in being the impetus for cultural evolution in the community. Seize this opportunity to explore DC’s vibrant arts scene. Check the vast and diverse line up here.
When: July 6 – July 30
Where: Various Venues
Mark your calendars and be sure to make the most of this lively and exciting July in Washington DC.