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Independence Day

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Fourth of July Events

Marines attached to the USS Arlington march through the streets of Bristol, Rhode Island during the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade, July 4, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Cpl. Dalton A. Precht)
Marines attached to the USS Arlington march through the streets of Bristol, Rhode Island during the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade, July 4, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Cpl. Dalton A. Precht)

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year Americans celebrate this historic date in a variety of ways.

The following is a list of events offered for Independence Day 2017. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events are planned near you for July 4th.

Washington, D.C.

National Independence Day Parade

The National Independence Day Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units and patriotic floats. It's a great start to a full day of Fourth of July events. The parade starts at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street.

A Capitol Fourth

"A Capitol Fourth" is a free, 90-minute concert and features the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. (The PBS program is broadcast live (8:00 p.m. ET). The majority of PBS stations replay "A Capitol Fourth" immediately after the show concludes. In most areas this is from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT, but check local listings.)

National Mall Fireworks

One of the largest Independence Day fireworks display is held on the National Mall. Fireworks begin at 9:09 p.m. They will be launched from the area of the Reflecting Pool, and will be visible from many locations in D.C. and Virginia.

New York

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

The 41st annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns with its 25-minute display fired from five barges on New York City’s East River. It will be broadcast on NBC at 8 pm EST. Click here for a list of performers, which include the West Point Band.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place at the corner of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island on July 4th.

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