Your guide to the party as the United States celebrates its 243rd birthday. Plus an immersive indoor lawn party at the National Building Museum, an exhibition of scrapped plans for D.C. landmarks and more.
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
First St., SE, between Constitution Ave. NE, and Independence Ave., SE
Carole King, the Muppets and Vanessa Williams are among the performers set to appear at this traditional Independence Day concert, hosted this year by John Stamos. General admission gates open at 3 p.m. Food and drink are allowed (alcohol is not). The annual fireworks display, visible from much of the area, will begin after sunset.