Summertime is in full swing, and we are feeling the July heat. When you’re not dreaming about dipping into one of these incredible pools, don’t miss the chance to check out something new and fun around town. Below is our curated selection of July events around Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland.
Plus – choose from a wide variety of events to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s Capital. From fireworks to parades and picnics, there is sure to be an activity for everyone!
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon July 4 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Enjoy watching daytime fireworks and complimentary birthday cake while celebrating this annual Independence Day event!
$12-$20 | Tickets
National Independence Day Parade July 4 | 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Starting at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 7th St NW
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more! Celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday.
Fourth of July Fireworks on the National Mall July 4 | 9 – 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks launched from around The Reflecting Pool
What better place than to spend the 4th of July in the Nation’s Capital! Enjoy the sparkle and excitement of fireworks at dusk.
Fairfax Fourth of July Parade July 4 | 10 a.m.
4100 Chain Bridge Road
Celebrate Fairfax’s 53rd annual Independence Day parade. The parade loops around downtown Fairfax, along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street. With extravagant floats and candy tossed out, this is one parade you are not going to want to miss!
Backyard Theater for Kids July 11, 18, and 25 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Mansion at Strathmore
Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for kids is always so much fun for both the kids and parents! Let the kids run loose with friends and listen to fun (and educational!) music.
July 11: Timbalooloo
July 18: SOLE Defined
July 25: Bee Parks & The Hornets
$8-$10 | Tickets
USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration July 13 | 7 – 10 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park
Event to celebrate the 243rd birthday of the USA and the 270th birthday of the City of Alexandria, featuring entertainment, cannon salute during the 1812 Overture, food and beverage sales, and grand finale fireworks at 9:30.
Rendering by the LAB at Rockwell Group. Photo courtesy of the National Building Museum
The Lawn at the National Building Museum – July 4 – Sept. 2
The National Building Museum
The idea of “the Lawn” is to bring the fun and excitement of outside and transform that to be inside. This is “an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer[ing] interactive experiences for all ages.”
Washington Nationals vs LA Dodgers July 27 | 4:05 – 7 p.m.
A great way to spend a Saturday at Nationals Park for a night out with friends or family. The park has allowed reserving a block of tickets in the Scoreboard Pavilion Section again this year for people who want to mingle!
$25-$30 | Tickets
Brew at the Zoo July 18 | 6 – 9 p.m.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Join friends by drinking a beer to save endangered wildlife! There is nothing better than being able to try great brews from all over while hanging out with exotic animals for a good cause. The proceeds benefit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s mission to save species!
Truckeroo Food Truck Festival July 19 | 11 a.m – 9 p.m.
Tuckeroo showcases the most popular dining venues around the DC area in a convenient one-stop-shop food truck format, all while dancing to live music, drinking cold beers, and playing games.
To see this year’s participating trucks, click here
Photo from The Life of Animals in Japanese Art courtesy of the National Gallery of Art
The Band’s Visit. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
The Capital Fringe Festival – July 9 – 28
Returning for its 14th year, this festival celebrates “self-made performing arts” through drama, comedy, musical theater, and dance. You can explore a little with single tickets or a catch all 50 shows with a full pass.
$20 – $500 | Tickets
The Band’s Visit – July 9 – Aug. 4
Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Washington Post says, “it’s the best musical on Broadway! Beautiful music, beautiful story, beautiful acting.”
$45 – $149 | Tickets
Free For All: Hamlet – July 10 – 21
Sidney Harman Hall, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washingtonians love Shakespeare and every summer Shakespeare Theatre Company presents one of its excellent productions to the general public for FREE! The online ticket lottery will open Tuesday, July 9. More details here.
Ann: An Indomitable Icon – July 11 – Aug. 11
Kreeger Theater, Arena Stage
Written and performed by Holland Taylor, Ann is a funny and moving tribute to the life and legacy of Texas Governor Ann Richards.
$76 – $95 | Tickets
Blackbeard – July 14
A must-see interpretation of the classic story we all know and love, described as a “riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure” from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix.
$40 – $89 | Tickets