Celebrate America’s birthday in its birthplace, Washington, D.C., for one of the biggest Independence Day events in the country. A Capitol Fourth isn’t just about fireworks, but also includes the annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” by the National Symphony Orchestra (complete with cannon fire), renditions of John Philip Sousa’s best marches, and performances from numerous musical guests. This year’s lineup will feature Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, and more.
Best Views: If possible, set up a blanket on a grassy spot on the National Mall or take a seat on the steps of the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials. You can also opt for booking a river cruise or a hotel with a view, like the historic Hay-Adams hotel. If all else fails, it will air live on PBS at 8 p.m.