July in Washington, DC is squarely in the middle of summer tourism season. June, July and August are the three busiest and most crowded months of the year in DC. This is the time of year when kids are off from school and families are taking their summer vacations.
DC in July Weather
July weather in DC is hot humid and honestly pretty miserable. July is the hottest month of the year with average daily highs of 88 degrees and average daily lows of 72 degrees. That honestly wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the humidity, which can make it feel like it’s in the 90s or even 100s on some days.
Packing for DC in July
To pack for DC in July, you are going to want to bring your summer clothes. Shorts and comfortable walking shoes are all a must. You should pack pants if you’re planning to see a show at the Kennedy Center or go to a fancy restaurant or otherwise some place where shorts would not be appropriate.
You are also going to want to remember an umbrella. No matter what the seven-day forecast says, summer thunderstorms often pop up out of nowhere. Sun protection is also a must. Hats and sunscreens are important to use, especially if you burn easily. If you are going to be outside for an extended time, bring the sunscreen with you and re-apply throughout the day.
July Holidays and Events
The most notable event in July is Independence Day which is also our only federal government holiday. There are also a few notable events you might want to check out as well.
Fourth of July in DC
A few things you can do on the Fourth of July include a dramatic recreation of the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This happens on the steps of the National Archives. The Independence Day parade followsdown Constitution Avenue. A Capitol Fourth concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol and the fireworks are a must see if you want to get the full DC July Fourth experience.
If you are into sports, consider going to the ballpark for the Nationals game! This year’s first pitch is at 11:05 a.m. So, this leaves plenty of time for other activities afterwards.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Another notable special event in July is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This is usually held the last week in June and first week in July. Unfortunately, this year in 2019 it has been cut back and will not be happening in July at all. The Folklife Festival is a social event where you can experience cultures from all around the globe through things like music, dance, art and food.
Capital Fringe is also a popular thing to do in July. Fringe is all about independent forms of theater dance and other types of arts. Fringe is held across multiple venues. Some venues feature more than one stage. You can see some really interesting performances. Dance and performance art that you would not see at the Kennedy Center or some of the more traditional theaters.
If you’re a sports fan, the Washington Open (currently called the Citi Open) is a tennis tournament that is part of ATP and WTA circuits. Every year the dates change slightly. However, it is usually either at the very end of July the very beginning of August or both. The Washington Open takes place at the William Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.
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