Independence Day 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 2020. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events may be planned near you for July 4th.

A Capitol Fourth

The 40th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth will air on PBS Saturday, July 4, 2020 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as on American Forces Network for troops serving around the world. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and it will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and and available as Video on Demand from July 4 to July 18, 2020. This year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience and the event is co-hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams. 

Salute to America

The President and First Lady will host the 2020 Salute to America on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4. The event will feature music, military demonstrations, and flyovers to honor the Nation’s service members and veterans. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall.

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

The 2020 Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will celebrate New York and America with a fireworks display choreographed to an epic musical score and broadcast on NBC on Saturday, July 4, from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET/PT or 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. CT/MT.

Bob Hope USO “Four on the Fourth” Virtual 4K

The USO will celebrate military service members and their families during the virtual “Four on the 4th – Ruck, Walk & Run for Independence” on July 4, 2020. Individual Registration is $35 per person. Participants will receive a fun run playlist, a USO branded t-shirt, downloadable bib, face mask and medal. To participate in this celebratory event and tag USO on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to share your support.

Philadelphia’s 2020 Wawa Welcome America Festival

The 2020 Wawa Welcome America seven-day festival will be virtual this year. The event will take place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 4 and will feature a lineup of concerts, online educational activities and more. The festival schedule and events can be found at and on Facebook @WawaWelcomeAmerica, Instagram @July4thPhilly, and Twitter @July4thPhilly. NBC10 will broadcast the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on Saturday, July 4 at 7 p.m., followed by the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert live from The Met Philadelphia from 8 to 10 p.m.. The free concert will also be live streamed on and and can be viewed on any screen.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio will be open July 4 featuring the So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope exhibit. Exploring Hope’s major tours and travels during World War II, So Ready for Laughter features roughly 50 artifacts and an original 11-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, John Scheinfeld. Details on purchasing tickets and safety protocols can be found here.

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Fireworks

SeaWorld Orlando will host three nights of physically distant fireworks presentations on Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 included with park admission. Reservations for July 3-5 are available now and required for park entry. Reservations can be made by visiting the park’s website Spaced seating, increased sanitation, additional park signage and additional staffing will be implemented throughout the park, and additional exits will be added for a safe exit from the park after the display. For more information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, visit

Pacific Symphony Fourth of July Virtual Concert

Pacific Symphony’s first-ever virtual Independence Day concert will be available online on July 4th at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Beginning at that time, the concert can be viewed by signing in with an email address at and will be available on demand for 45 days after that.

National Archives Virtual Fourth of July Celebration

The National Archives will host their first ever virtual July 4th celebration on July 4th 2020, featuring online programming, activities for the entire family, and a special presentation of the traditional reading ceremony.

America Salutes

On July 4th 2020, America Salutes will present their inaugural Virtual High School Enlistee National Recognition Ceremony in place of in-person events normally held across the to celebrate graduating seniors who have decided to join the military. The ceremony is a one-hour pre-recorded, livestream broadcast and will air multiple times throughout July and August. The event features Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Second Lady Karen Pence, and many senior military leaders as well as performances from well-known musical artists, and “thank you’ video messages from recording artists, celebrities, parents and service members in the field.

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