Things to Do in DC on the Fourth of July Weekend

Here are the best events around town.
Things to Do in DC on the Fourth of July Weekend
Celebrate the Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary at RFK Stadium. Photo by Hayley Madden.

THURSDAY, JULY 2

COMEDY: Get your laugh on this holiday weekend. In honor of Independence Day, the DC Improv offers the Best of DC comedy show, featuring some of the most talented comedians in the DMV. Catch it Thursday or Friday at 8 PM. $15 to $17.

EAT: Load up on roasted suckling pig then wash it down with hops at the Italian Pig Roast and Beer Tasting on the Piazza. Yes, it’s an Italian-themed bash on the Fourth of July weekend, but for $25, you get drinks plus roast pork, house-made sausage, pasta, olives, and appetizers. That sounds like a deal to us. 5 to 9 PM.

FRIDAY, JULY 3

COMEDY: You can re-enact the Boston Tea Party via a game of corn hole (yes, really) at the annual ‘Murrica shindig at Bier Baron, which is part theme party, part comedy act. 5 PM, $10.

SATURDAY, JULY 4

MUSIC: Black Masala, MH and his orchestra, and DJ Crown Vic celebrate the nation’s birthday at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. 9 PM, $10.

BEACH: If you’re determined to hit the beach for the holiday–but are also set on avoiding traffic at all costs–the National Building Museum has you covered. Opening this weekend, the venue now houses a faux “beach,” complete with an “ocean” of nearly one million plastic balls. 11 AM to 5 PM, $3 to $16.

PARTY: Party all day–and night–at the Town Tavern in a daylong celebration that promises booze and “good ole’ ‘Merican fun.” Noon, $10 with online RSVP.

MUSIC: The Foo Fighters celebrate their 20th anniversary at RFK Stadium alongside LL Cool J, Buddy Guy, Heart, Joan Jett, and more. Noon, $78.

PARADE: Nothing says the Fourth of July like a parade. The city of Fairfax celebrates first responders during a daylong event that wraps up with fireworks at Fairfax High School. 10 AM to 9:30 PM.

PARTY: Bring the little ones to this one. At NoMa’s annual July 4th Bash, there will be face-painting, a moon bounce, live music, and more. 4 to 7 PM, free.

PARTY: This bash begins on July 4, but ends on July 5. The Lodge at Red Rocks offers an all-night soiree on its roof featuring tiki cocktails and barbeque. 3 PM to 3 AM, no cover.

SUNDAY, JULY 5

YOGA: After a day full of camaraderie—and maybe a little debauchery—relax and unwind with Yoga in the Park at Dumbarton House. 9:30 AM, suggested $5 donation.

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