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Every summer, fourth of July fireworks splash the sky with reds, whites and blues above the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.

Pictured: Fourth of July fireworks over the National Mall

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Summer

It’s always easy to pack your days with fun, free things to do in Washington, DC - and it’s even easier during the summertime, when free and bargain-priced concerts, performances, festivals and more abound.

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The U.S. Capitol isn't just for politicians. The public is welcome on the grounds for performances and other events.
DC's summer sizzles with festivals, events, outdoor music, al fresco dining and much more.
Fourth of July fireworks splash the sky with reds, whites and blues above the U.S. Capitol.
Warm weather in a serious sports town makes for plenty of chances to enjoy a good game.
The quirky yet sophisticated Hotel Helix offers an outdoor lounge in the summer for imbibing on specialty cocktails and craft beers.
When warm weather descends on the nation’s capital, outdoor dining is a must.
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