Come join the 17th Annual Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade, a local tradition and one of the events that best encapsulates the feeling of our small village in a city.
From marching bands to classic cars to the Princess Patrol, this parade represents the hometown spirit of Capitol Hill — we’re more than neighbors, we’re friends!
The parade starts at Eighth and I Streets SE, led towards Pennsylvania Avenue SE by the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. This year, the parade includes Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D), Councilmembers Charles Allen (Ward 6-D) and Elisa Silverman (D-At Large), the Eastern High School marching band as well as co-organizers Naval Lodge #4.
Community and school groups round out the parade, many in costume or driving antique cars, many handing out small tokens to the crowd. The Capitol Hill BID’s Men in Blue are especially popular with children, as they fill their big blue bins with candy, distributing it along their route north.
If they’re not on a call, after the parade you can visit Fire Truck Company 7 and Engine Company 18 at the Eighth Street Station (414 Eighth St. SE).
Every year, the parade seems to get more and more colorful! Check out more photos from last year here.
It is predicted to be a hot day, so remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and in the shade where possible. Littles often bring small bags for their swag collection!
The parade is organized annually by Jeanne, Phil, Meg Real Estate in partnership with Naval Lodge #4. If your group or organization would like to participate in this year’s parade, please visit the parade website to register.