Top Things to Do in D.C. This July

A Fourth of July fireworks show and more thrilling events light up the nation’s capital this month.

This month, things start out with a bang as fireworks light up iconic capital sites. Keeping things hot? Top entertainers from J.Lo to Blondie mixing it up with international festivals, scintillating theater and all things Asian pop culture. Here are a few top events to add to your July calendar.

Hugh Jackman

July 1

Is there anything the popular Aussie actor can’t do? This time, the "X-Men" and "Les Misérables" star sings and dances his way into the nation’s capital during his one-man show. Capital One Arena, 202.628.3200

Fourth of July

July 4

Washington, D.C., knows how to put on a patriotic party, and it’s all free. At
10 am, the National Archives hosts a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. From 11:45 am to 2 pm, the National Independence Day Parade marches down Constitution Ave. NW from 7th to 17th streets. At 6:30 pm, President Donald Trump delivers an hour-long address during the new “A Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial. 8 pm, celebrities take to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” concert, followed by spectacular fireworks at 9:07 pm in West Potomac Park.

A Capitol Fourth


July 4-Sept. 2

This immersive exhibit stokes vacation nostalgia with a sloped green space and hammocks outfitted with pre-recorded audio of well-known voices sharing summer memories. Throughout the built environment, an augmented reality game has visitors collecting glowing “fireflies” and then “releasing” them back into the space. National Building Museum, 202.272.2448

“Lawn” rendering

Capital Fringe Festival

July 9-28

In this arts-forward town, there’s plenty of world-class theater. This annual theater extravaganza adds to the mix, showcasing nearly 100 productions that push boundaries on 13 stages. Various locations, Capital Fringe

Free for All

July 10-21

“Ugly Betty” star Michael Urie reprises his role
as Hamlet in this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s political drama. The best part? There’s no admission. Gratis tickets are distributed via an online lottery (enter the day before the performance you want to see) and same-day tickets at the theater. Visit the website FAQs for more details. Sidney Harman Hall, 202.547.1122

“Swan Lake”

July 11-13

American Ballet Theatre leaps into Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic tale of an ill-fated romance with eye-popping costumes and sets. Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 877.965.3872

American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake”


July 11-Aug. 11

Jayne Atkinson of “House of Cards” personifies Texas’ larger-than-life former governor, Ann Richardson, in this no-holds-barred production all about the politician’s legacy. Arena Stage, 202.488.3300

Jennifer Lopez

July 17

The actor, singer, dancer and producer may be turning 50 this month, but she’s far from slowing down. Jenny visits our block and gets the summer party season going on her “It’s My Party” tour. Capital One Arena, 202.628.3200

Colombian Festival

July 20

Food, dance, music and more celebrate Colombian Independence Day. Catholic University of America’s Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, 202.286.9030

Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Blondie

July 26

Fans get not one, but two music icons for the price of one as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Elvis Costello & The Imposters team up with Blondie on a 13-city tour. The bespectacled crooner shows off 2018’s “Look Now,” while the glam blonde highlights 2017’s “Pollinator.” The Anthem, 877.435.9849


Kaypi Peru Festival

July 26-28

Peru comes to D.C. at this international fest presented with the Embassy of Peru, highlighting music, art, food and films. National Museum of the American Indian, 202.633.1000

Kaypi Peru


July 26-28

Fans geek out over Asian pop culture with cosplay, speaker panels, a formal ball, a Pokémon battle and much more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 202.249.3000

Citi Open

July 27-Aug. 4

Top players from the
ATP and the WTA go racket to racket. Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 202.721.9500

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