A look at July 4th festivities at the Old Soldiers' Home (AFRH)

It’s really not a problem to see fireworks in Petworth. Once 9pm rolls around, the neighborhood skies are filled with all sorts of legal and illegal flying explosives to delight the eye and terrify the dog. (Be sure to keep your dogs safe!)

Every year the Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home team up with sponsors to put on a family-friendly event with food, beer, music, games and more. It’s a great place to spend the holiday appreciating your neighbors, and your freedom.

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:

  • 4pm: DJ Billy White aka The Music Man

  • 7:45pm: Hoke County, N.C. High School Band

  • 9:07pm: National Mall Fireworks (New location, not sure about the view!)


  • 4-8:30pm: bounce house, obstacle course, swashbuckler, jumbo connect 4

  • 4-7pm: catch-and-release pond fishing (bring your own bait, gear)

  • 4-8:30pm: Asian Community Service Center Craft Table

  • 5-7:30pm: facepainting

  • 6pm: patriotic bike decoration contest judging

  • 7pm: Kids get flags free to wave in a parade behind marching band!

Food/Drink: Timer Pizza, Hardy's BBQ, The Big Cheese, Ooo Dat Chicken, Captain Cookie, Anheuser Busch

Weather: 87 degrees, chance of scattered storms

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers
Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event: https://signup.com/go/YExnGce

Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this event possible, and to the Capital Chapter of the Nam Knights of America for volunteer support.

Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX