Join the National Park Service on July 4, 2018, for a day of reflection and commemoration as we honor history and celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the “Lion of Anacostia.”
Celebrate Independence Day starting at 9 a.m. with special activities at Douglass Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia, Washington D.C. Bring your blankets and a picnic to view the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill at 9:09 p.m.
All activities are FREE and open to the public.
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Plan Your Visit
9 a.m. Join us for ranger-led house tours given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
11 a.m. See actor Darius Wallace deliver Douglass famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” on the front porch of the house.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Journey on a self guided tour of the house with rangers in different rooms to answer questions. Tours will be on the first floor only.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Become a bicentennial Junior Ranger and earn a limited edition badge! Enjoy activities for children and families on the lawn. Croquet, rangers unrolling a replica of the 1877 American flag (1877 was the year Douglass moved to Cedar Hill), storytelling, and living history actors portraying Douglass and his family.
7 p.m. See an encore performance from actor Darius Wallace as he delivers Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech on the front porch of the house.
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy a Fourth of July themed full orchestra concert by D.C. Strings on the front porch of Douglass’s Cedar Hill home. Listen to music as you settle in to watch the fireworks.
9:09 p.m. Witness a grand view of the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill, just like Douglass would have. Enjoy music from D.C. Strings during the fireworks show.
Parking: Street parking will be the only available parking for this event. The site is located in a residential neighborhood, parking will be difficult to find.
- If taking a bus, get on the B2 to “Mt. Rainier” or “Bladensburg Rd., V St. NE,” or get on the V2 to “Minnesota Ave” or “Capitol Heights Station.” There is a bus stop directly in front of the site at the corner of W and 14th Streets.
- The B2 and V2 buses service the corner of W and 14th Streets, directly in front of the site. The 90, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 all drop off within two blocks of the site.
- Use the Green Line and get off at Anacostia Station. When disembarking the train, follow signs to exit the station on the “Howard Road” and “Buses” side. It is approximately 3/4 miles from the station to the site.
- If walking, take a right on Howard Road (walk 1 block), take a left on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (walk 3 blocks), and take a right on W Street (walk 4 blocks to the site’s visitor center).
- Visit WMATA for fares and route details.
Prohibited Items and Activities
- All coolers, backpacks, packages, and persons may be subject to inspection.
- No grills, alcohol, glass containers, or personal fireworks are permitted on National Park Service property.
- Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft on National Park Service property is strictly prohibited.
- Personal tents that block other visitors’ views and tents that require stakes are prohibited.
- Possession of firearms in national parks is prohibited, governed by federal as well as local law.