Find the best places to watch the
DC National Independence Day Parade
avenue and the Monuments in Washington D.C.
form the setting for the 4th July National
Parade, marking US Independence Day in the
nation's capital city. America's National
Independence Day Parade takes place annually
on July 4th at 11:45 am in Washington, D.C.,
on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th
Street before a street audience of hundreds
of thousands of spectators. Constitution
Avenue is a major east-west street running
just north of the United States Capitol
in the city's Northwest and Northeast quadrants.
The avenue carries heavy commuter traffic
on weekdays and heavy tourist traffic on
the weekends; it is also an important parade
Cartesian-coordinate-based street system,
Constitution Avenue was originally known
as North B Street. If it had stayed in the
city's lettered street system, it would
today be known as B Street NW and NE. The
street on the other side of the Anacostia
River corresponding to Constitution Avenue
is called Blaine Street NE. B Street NW
was regraded, repaved, and substantially
widened between 1926 and 1927 after Congress
passed a $75 million construction bill for
the District of Columbia. The new street
was renamed Constitution Avenue in February
1931. Sections of Constitution Avenue are
designated U.S. Route 1, U.S. Route 50,
or both. Specifically, U.S. 50 runs along
the road from its west end to Sixth Street
NW (eastbound) and Ninth Street NW (westbound).
U.S. 1 northbound uses the eastbound lanes
of Constitution Avenue from 14th Street
NW to Sixth Street NW; southbound U.S. 1
used to run west from Ninth Street NW to
15th Street NW but now continues straight
through the Ninth Street Tunnel to I-395.
Avenue separates the National Mall from
the Federal Triangle. The avenue is lined
on its north side by the headquarters of
several federal agencies, and on the south
side by several Smithsonian museums, the
National Gallery of Art, Vietnam Veterans
Memorial, Constitution Gardens, and the
Lincoln Memorial. Other locations of interest
include the Embassy of Canada, Organization
of American States, National Academy of
Sciences, and National Science Foundation.
The relocated U.S. Capitol Gatehouses and
Gateposts are at Constitution and 15th Street.
In Northeast, the avenue passes through
the Capitol Hill and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.