Events calendar: Tuesday, July 4

The quiet Palisades community comes alive every July 4 for its annual parade on MacArthur Boulevard NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2016)


  • As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, the U.S. Air Force String Quartet will present an Independence Day celebration of America with works by Dvorák, Scott Joplin and J.P. Sousa. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The Washington National Cathedral’s annual Independence Day Organ Recital will feature organists Benjamin Straley and George Fergus with the Washington Symphonic Brass and the U.S. Navy’s Sea Chanters ensemble. 11 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.
  • Terry McDermott, star of the third season of “The Voice” and lead singer of Lotus Crush, will join guitarist Island Styles to perform McDermott’s original songs and fan-favorite covers from his time on “The Voice.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Four of the U.S. Navy Band’s ensembles — Country Current, the Cruisers, the Sea Chanters and the Concert Band — will perform at the National Park Service’s Fourth of July concert. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will join host John Stamos, The Blues Brothers, The Four Tops, Chris Blue, Trace Adkins, Phillipa Soo and The Beach Boys featuring Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath for the musical extravaganza “A Capitol Fourth 2017.” Gates open at 3 p.m.; concert starts at 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-467-4600.


  • The Smithsonian Institution’s 2017 Folklife Festival will focus on “Circus Arts,” “On the Move: Migration Across Generations,” “50 Years/50 Objects” and “50th Anniversary.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue July 6 through 9; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.


  • “Saluting Canada at 150” will feature four classic shorts from the National Film Board of Canada, at 1 p.m.; and Sarah Polley’s 2012 film “Stories We Tell,” about the complicated mystery of her mother’s life, at 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The Crestwood Citizens Association will host its annual Fourth of July parade. 9:30 a.m. for children to decorate their bikes, strollers and scooters; 10 a.m. start time. Free. The parade will start at 1810 Shepherd Street NW and proceed to 18th Street, Taylor Street, Argyle Terrace and back to Shepherd.
  • The 51st annual Palisades Citizens Association Fourth of July parade will include neighborhood children on decorated bicycles, the Washington Scottish Bagpipe Band, Alma Boliviana, the Georgetown-Palisades Lions Club, the Masons, the D.C. Different Drummers marching band, D.C. Fire Department Engine Co. 29, United Horsemen’s Association, clowns, vintage cars and city officials. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard NW and proceed along MacArthur to the Palisades Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana places NW, site of a free post-parade picnic. 202-363-7441.
  • The 2017 National Independence Day Parade will feature marching bands, floats, balloons and military units. 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets NW.


  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Twain Dooley. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • The National Archives will celebrate the Fourth of July with an annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence; performances by Brass Connection, the Fife and Drum Corps and Continental Color Guard; and tours and activities inside the Archives Building. Musical performance and ceremony from 9 to 11 a.m.; other activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • A pre-fireworks Red, White & Brew BBQ will feature burgers, half-smoked beer brats, hot dogs, grilled jumbo shrimp, potato salad, corn on the cob, bottomless beers from local brewery DC Brau, house wine and sparkling cocktails. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $75; $35 for ages 12 and younger. Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW. 202-457-5020.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 11:05 a.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.