Spend The 4th In The Capital

This year, explore more on the Fourth. Hotel RL Washington, DC is a boutique destination for travelers, and as local experts, we have the inside edge on both traditional and unique Fourth of July celebrations. Our hotel is just blocks away from The White House and The National Mall. If you’re coming on business, our government traveler rate allows you to have more to spend on souvenirs and more on travel.

The National Archives

Constitution Avenue Northwest between 7th and 9th St.

What better way to celebrate independence than to see the document that started it all? The National Archives holds The Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago to the day. Costumed actors reenact scenes from the Revolution, making it a fun destination for kids as well.

The National Independence Day Parade

Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Street

A flotilla of red, white and blue weaves down Constitution Avenue, livening up the Capital with patriotic colors. Fife and drum corps, military servicemen, and elaborate floats decorate the parade.

A Capitol Fourth

The West Lawn, The National Mall

Don’t feel like running around? Just grab a spot on the West Lawn and relax with a free concert that begins at 8 pm. The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and the fireworks over The National Mall will serve as a grand finale. Come a day early and get a sneak peek: on July 3rd, there’s a full dress rehearsal of the concert. Gates open at 3pm.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The National Mall

Get back to rustic life, when things were simpler, at this festival that runs from June 29th – July 4th and July 7th – July 10th. Take part in the Sounds of California program that celebrates The Golden State’s rich musical tradition, along with authentic arts and culture from The Basque Country.

The Washington Nationals

1500 South Capitol Street Southeast

The Nationals are in town all Fourth of July weekend. Friday night’s game will end with the Postgame Freedom Fireworks, and kids can run the bases after Sunday’s matinee. What better way to pass the time on Independence Day than America’s favorite past time?

The Yards Park

355 Water Street SE

This scenic riverfront space has small pools for kids to splash around, and it also hosts free concerts on Friday nights all summer long. Osteria Morini’s patio is excellent for a bite, and Ice Cream Jubilee has cool treats for dessert. You can also chill with a beer at Bluejacket brewery.

Spend the Fourth how you want. Experience traditional celebrations, or discover hidden new ones. We’ll bring the true DC to you. Leave an impact on the city by donating to Project Wake Up Call, and see DC’s local culture on our Living Stage in the lobby. Sate your curiosity. The satisfaction will always bring you back.