Many Celebrations take Place in the us Capital on July 4

July in Washington is typically sizzling, and not just for the seasonally warm temperatures. Every year tourists, and locals alike, flock to the nation’s capital city to see the sights and experience all there is to offer in this historic city.

In the summertime, many people head to Washington D.C. to take part in the large celebrations commemorating America’s birthday. The city offers many things to see and do at any given time of the year, but come Fourth of July, special events are planned throughout the day.

• National Independence Day Parade

Every year on July 4, the National Independence Day Parade takes place. All along Constitution Ave., between 7th to 17th Street, thousands of people line up to watch the parade. The parade commences at 11:45 a.m. each year, and spectators watch bands, military units, floats, balloons, VIPs and other celebrity participants, in a wide display of red, white and blue.

• National Archives ceremony

Every year crowds gather at the National Archives to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence’s adoption. To commemorate this special significant 18th century event, on the morning of July 4 there is a reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors, patriotic music and 2012 will have descendants of the document’s signers present.

After the ceremony there are typically several hours of family activities planned. Visitors to the National Archives can also get an opportunity to view the original copy of the historic document.  The National Archives building is located on Constitution Ave. NW, between 7th and 9th Streets.

• Baseball Game at Nationals Park

If sports is your thing, a day at the ballpark might be a good choice. Washington D.C. has a home team and often there are home games the week of the Fourth of July. In 2012 the Nationals are in town and have a game on the evening of July 3rd (Wed.) and during the day on July 4th (Thurs.) After the evening game, the park will host a fireworks show, and even if not in the park itself, if you are in the vicinity, there is probably a good chance of seeing some of the show.

• Fireworks/Concerts

After the day events come to a close, the city continues to celebrate with an annual concert and fireworks show. This show is typically broadcast on televisions across the nation, but if in the city, why not take part in the vibrant celebration? The concerts always feature popular celebrities and the fireworks are spectacular.

Additionally, before the 8 p.m. concert and subsequent fireworks, there is also a special concert performed by the U.S. Navy Band at 6 p.m. by the Washington Monument.

Of course, all of the year-round and summer attractions are always an option, many of them free of charge. Downtown Washington has plenty to offer including the monuments, many museums, river cruises, water sports and other events.

It is important to note that due to heightened security, getting into the National Mall for any of the events will require going through a security check. Additionally, July in Washington can be very warm, so dress appropriately and plan to drink lots of water.