WASHINGTON, DC – July 4 events across the country will not look the same this year thanks to the coronavirus. Many cities and towns have been forced to cancel the annual Fourth of July events, including D.C. Although the District’s fireworks, parade and 5K event have been canceled, they have been replaced with some outdoor activities and televised events.
A Capitol Fourth: For 40 years, PBS has been broadcasting its annual concert from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., ending with a fireworks show over the National Mall. While this year’s fireworks show has been canceled, will still air Saturday, July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET, on PBS.Explore D.C.’s Waterfronts: D.C. sits at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. Take advantage of the warm summer weather, grab an oar, and paddle away the day.An American Celebration at Mount Vernon: Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a visit to the home of America’s first president. Actives are offered throughout the day on Saturday, July 4, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Buy tickets.Dine Along the Georgetown Riverfront: With D.C. now in Phase Two of its phased reopening, many restrictions have been lifted on restaurants. If you don’t feel like dining, wander around the waterfront and check out the attractions.Visit the National Zoo or a Museum: Although many museums and the National Zoo may be open, Phase Two restrictions limited the capacity to 50 people in enclosed rooms or exhibit paces. Museum events are permitted, but with a maximum capacity of 50 people.Take a Virtual Run: RunnerMania is a virtual running festival scheduled fro July 3-5. Runners can run a 5K, half marathon, or 24-hour ultra. Register here.Visit a Park: While playgrounds remain closed, dog parks, golf courses, parks tennis courts, tracks and fields that are part of the D.C. Parks and Recreation Department are now open.
Due to the pandemic, counties or cities may adjust or cancel events at the last minute. Check your event before you go. Know of other events in the area? Post them on the Patch calendar or share details on our free Neighbor Post feature.
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