An American Celebration

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Salute the first commander in chief during our annual Independence Day event! Watch dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks shoot off over the Potomac River and listen to the roar of cannon fire while viewing special military re-enactments throughout the day.

An American Celebration includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for new citizens with a special keynote address, daytime fireworks, military re-enactments, a wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake (while supplies last), and a visit from General and Mrs. Washington. Enjoy a performance by the National Concert Band during its "Red, White and Blue" concert. Spend a truly inspiring day at a truly inspiring place.

An American Celebration takes place rain or shine.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30AM   General Washington's inspection of the troops   Bowling Green
  • 10AM   56th annual Independence Day wreathlaying ceremony   The Tomb
  • 11AM   Naturalization event: a ceremony to honor new citizens   East Lawn
  • 12PM   "Red, White, and Blue" concert   Bowling Green
  • 1PM   Daytime fireworks: a pyrotechnic salute to America  Mansion's River Side
  • 1:15PM   "Happy birthday, America!" cake (while supplies last)   Bowling Green
  • 1:30PM   Revolutionary War music   Bowling Green
  • 2:30PM   Revolutionary War military drill   Bowling Green