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 2022. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events may be planned near you for July 4th.
The National Park Service will once again host the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall. The display will be held on Monday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
This year, the 42nd annual A Capitol Fourth Concert features country music star Mickey Guyton, who will lead an all-star cast in a patriotic evening of performances by top stars from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of premier pops conductor Jack Everly. Livestream the event beginning at 8 p.m. ET here or check your local listings.
Billed as "the nation's biggest party," the 46th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks celebration kicks off at about 9:25 p.m. ET Monday, July 4. The pyrotechnics will be launched from five barges stationed on the East River centered around Midtown Manhattan. Viewers at home can tune into NBC's national broadcast or stream the show on Peacock beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The 25-minute spectacle is synchronized to a musical score and will feature effects in various colors and shapes.
Related: The History of the Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence Day 2022 with headliner Old Dominion along with Gramps Morgan, Cassadee Pope, Levi Hummon, and more during the free Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event in downtown Nashville. Festivities include an Amazon Family Fun Zone and the largest fireworks show in city history with the pyrotechnics synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns to the Charles River Esplanade in 2022 after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will take place Monday, July 4, from 8-11 p.m. ET, under the direction of Keith Lockhart from the stage of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Shed. It will also be broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio.
Celebrate the nation's birth on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. On tap are a full day of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, and a fireworks display in the evening.
California's largest fireworks show is displayed from four barges on San Diego Bay beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and boats to watch from one of several locations.