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 2021. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events may be planned near you for July 4th.


NEX Founded on Freedom Virtual Event

NEX along with MWR Navy Fitness and MWR Navy Entertainment, will be hosting Founded on Freedom during the July 4th holidays. During the weekend, patrons can participate in the Run for Freedom virtual 5k race July 1 – 4. The Run for Freedom is the third in a series of five virtual 5K races the NEX will be hosting throughout the year.

July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall

The National Park Service will host the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall. The display will be held on Sunday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

A Capitol Fourth Concert

The 41st annual A Capitol Fourth concert be presented as a pre-recorded show due to the pandemic, in lieu of the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The celebration will feature host Vanessa Williams and pre-taped performances from locations across the country will feature stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway. Capping off the concert broadcast will be live coverage of the fireworks display over the National Mall by multiple cameras stationed around the city.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

Tune in to the one-night-only NBC broadcast special, Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular, on Sunday, July 4, from 8pm-10pm ET/PT, 7pm-9pm CT/MT. Macy’s Fireworks in New York City is a free public event. Macy’s works closely with local agencies to provide more than two miles of in person public viewing space that gives spectators a front-row view.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4 Nashville

Celebrate Independence Day 2021 with headliner Brad Paisley during the free Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event in Downtown Nashville. This 4th of July will feature the largest fireworks show in Nashville history with the pyrotechnics synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. Start planning now for your Music City summer getaway.

2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

The 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will take place at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. Keith Lockhart will lead a live televised and live streamed performance of patriotic favorites, with special appearances by Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and legendary singer Mavis Staples. The fireworks finale—to take place from the Boston Common in partnership with the City of Boston—will also be broadcast as part of the live televised broadcast. 

Colonial Williamsburg Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate the nation's birth on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. A full day of patriotic festivities, includes public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, and a fireworks display in the evening.

Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom Independence Day Spectacular

The Big Bay Boom fireworks show is displayed from Four barges on San Diego Bay at 9 PM. Attendees can watch from the following locations: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Coronado Ferry Landing, boating/on the water.


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