There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the District, so kick off Fourth of July weekend with these distinctly D.C. summertime activities.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival combines food, music, crafts and culture in a celebration on the National Mall. This D.C. tradition is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Two signature programs will be showcased at the festival, including Circus Arts, which explores cultural and artistic expressions of the circus, and On the Move, which brings together hip hop artists, poetry slam performers and muralists. The festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, is held every year and features performers from all over the world.
The National Mall, between Seventh and Twelfth streets. June 29 to July 4 & July 6 to July 9. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.
We the People Party
If you’ve ever watched the movie Night at the Museum and wanted to have your own after-hours visit – We the People Party is your chance. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is joining forces with Brightest Young Things, an online publication, to celebrate John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday and July Fourth. At this all-night party, you’ll get an exclusive night of music by DJs, an open bar, an outdoor terrace and TED-style talks all surrounded by the country’s most precious artifacts.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave., NW. 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets $55. Ages 21+.
Red, White & Brew
No Fourth of July weekend is complete without red, white, blue and brews. Yards Park will host a summer festival, beginning on Saturday and running through Sunday, where you can sample more than 100 creations by local breweries and wineries as well as national brands. Don your most patriotic outfit and enjoy unlimited pours of sangria, beer and cider while you toast to America.
Yards Park, 1300 1st St., SE. 1:00 p.m. Tickets $49 and up; groups of 6 or more for $29. Ages 21+.