There is no better place to celebrate America's birthday than Washington, D.C. In the Nation's Capital, the 4th of July festivities start early with the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue. Bordered by the U.S. Capitol on one side and the Washington Monument on the other, the National Mall provides a fitting backdrop for the rest of the day with crowds gathering for the free concert that brings in the big names-Josh Groban and Jordin Sparks performed last year for example. Who will come out for 2012? You'll have to mark your calendars to find out. Families also love to head to the National Archives or the White House Visitor Center for special programming that honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence. After a whirlwind day, what remains as the biggest highlight for many is the sparkling tradition that happens a little after 9 p.m. when the beautiful fireworks launch over the Lincoln Memorial illuminating the night sky. You will see why there is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in Washington, DC.