National Independence Day COVID-19 Update


We regret to inform you that the 2020 National Independence Day Parade has been canceled. Following a recent meeting between the National Park Service and the Department of Interior, it was determined that local leadership are projecting that COVID-19 infection levels will not be abated to the degree that it would be safe or prudent to conduct the July 4, 2020, National Independence Day Parade.


While this comes as a disappointment, it is probably not surprising nor unexpected. We must respect the decision of local government leaders and have canceled all preparations for the 2020 National Independence Day Parade.


We regret this circumstance. At the same time, we realize everyone has been dealing with this pandemic in your own communities, families, and schools with very challenging consequences, fears, anxieties and disruptions. The parade will return in 2021 with the assurance that life will eventually return to normal. We look forward to seeing you in DC next year to celebrate America’s 245th birthday together!


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the parade start?

The parade starts at 11:45am and runs until 2:00pm

How long is the parade route?

The parade route is one mile in length, starting at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 7th St NW, and ending at Constitution Ave NW and 17th St NW.

Is there seating along the parade route?

There is some seating available on the steps of the National Archives Building.

How can I watch the parade?

The National Independence Day Parade will be available to view on our YouTube channel or on July 4th at 5 pm EDT.

Is there an alternate time for the parade in case of inclement weather?

No, if weather is severe enough, the parade will be cancelled.

Where is the best place to view the parade?

Generally, the closer one gets toward the end of the parade route, at 17th St NW, the less crowded it is and therefore it’s easier to see the route.