Celebrate the 4th at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Ward 8

Join the National Park Service on July 4, 2018 to honor history and to celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the “Lion of Anacostia.”

Starting at 9 am, celebrate Independence Day with special activities at Douglass Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia, Washington D.C.

See living history actors recreate Douglass give his famous speech “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”, where he challenged America’s celebration of freedom while many people still remained enslaved. Earn a limited edition bicentennial Jr. Ranger badge, enjoy live musical performances, and tour Douglass’s home. Visitors can also experience the power of place by viewing the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill, just like Douglass would have.

This special day of commemoration extends the National Park Service yearlong celebration for the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth.

Visit go.nps.gov/Douglass200 for the full event schedule.