Rv Camping Near D.C. | Plan An Amazing July 4th Vacation

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Have you ever wanted to sit and watch the fireworks explode over the Lincoln Monument? What about sitting on Constitution Ave. to watch the Nations July 4th Parade? Rv camping near D.C. will help you accomplish this great vacation. 

All of our adventures officially started on July 4th, 1996. This special July 4th was the day Venessa and I said “I Do”. When we first purchased our Rv the very first trip we took was to Washington D.C.. We have been back every year since. 

For the past five years, we have visited D.C. on July 4th to celebrate our anniversary with the rest of the Country!

If you are anything like us and love the National Park System, then you are in luck. Washington D.C. is the home to 25 different National Park sites. Most of which are centrally located around the National Mall. 

Cherry Hill Park | Best Rv Camping Near D.C

We have stayed at some great Rv parks around the country. For example, one of our top Rv parks is Zion River Resort in Utah.

However, Cherry Hill Park is, without question, the best vacation-oriented Rv park we have visited so far.

If you read reviews online you may be wary of the cost of this park. We argue it is well worth the cost. They have done a great job keeping up the park, and its amenities. 

Cherry Hill Rv Park Facts | Amenities

Location 

College Park, Maryland. 

17 miles from the Washington DC and the National Mall

Easily accessed from I-95 and I-495 (the DC Beltway)

Cost

Standard Back In $85/night      Premium Back In $105/night

Premium Pull Through $109/night

In addition, they offer Tents Sites and Cabins. 

Amenities

A public bus stop inside the campground offers a quick ride to the College Park Metro Station 

2 heated pools, 1 has a fountain and a beach-like walk-in. 

A splash Pad and 18-hole miniature golf 

Large RV, Grocery, and Souvenir Store 

 

Our Cherry Hill Park Review | The Best Rv Camping Near D.C.

Everyone should add Washington D.C. to their list of places to see. If you are traveling in an Rv this is the best park you will find.

In our opinion, it is the best vacation-oriented Rv park you will find anywhere. 

The park is magnificent, and the staff goes out of their way to help you enjoy your time in Washington D.C. 

Cherry Hill Park is truly a great vacation destination when visiting D.C. 

 Experience July 4th in D.C. 

Do you want to enjoy the Independence Day festivities in the Nation’s Capital? 

Then there is one important rule you need to follow.  GET THERE EARLY! Thousand of people attended the D.C. Independence day celebration. Therefore, it is important to get to the National Mall EARLY.

There are so many activities on July 4th in D.C. that it can quickly become overwhelming. 

The two celebrations that we have witnessed are must see’s in our opinion. However, without good planning, it may be difficult to do both. Although not impossible to do both you are looking at a 14-16 hour day. 

The Nations Independence Day Parade and the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration are great ways to enjoy July 4th in D.C. There are many other activities throughout the day, as you will read. 

The National Independence Day Parade

The July 4th Independence Day Parade starts at 11:45 on the fourth of July. You will need to find a spot along Constitution Ave. or 7th street. Again you need to be early because the sidewalks fill up fast. We arrived around 9:00 and had a tough time finding a good spot.

This patriotic parade is made up of bands from all over the country, fife and drums corps, numerous floats, military units, and drill teams. It is also not uncommon for Government representatives, and celebrities to join the parade.

If you arrive early enough you can witness another unique celebration. Every July 4th there is a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives. This is where to original Declaration is kept. Immediately after the reading, the Parade will begin.

The Parade route itself. is about a mile down Constitution Avenue.

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Again, if you wish to view the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration you need to get to the National Mall EARLY.

The fireworks are launched over the Lincoln Monument and can be seen anywhere along the National Mall.

We were there early enough to get a spot between the Capitol, and the Washington Monument. This gave us unbelievable views of the fireworks display.

It is a long afternoon, and evening so we recommend bringing some snacks and drinks. There are vendors and food trucks all along the National Mall. However, the lines are extremely long.

Take it Slow and Find a Spot to Rest…..Trust Us!

If you plan on starting your day with the Parade, and finishing with the Fireworks make sure to pace yourself. Take a break along the Mall and rest up.

We attempted this the first time we visited on the 4th. By the early afternoon the long day, miles of walking, and summer heat did us in. We were not properly prepared and ended up leaving before the fireworks display.

There is plenty to do during the day in D.C. You will not be able to get bored. However, attempting to do it all at once may be difficult.

We recommended going back to the Rv park or hotel, after the parade, and returning in the early afternoon.

If you are looking for things to do, or happen to be in D.C. any other time, below are a bunch of things to do.

The Smithsonian

One of the great things that make D.C. so appealing is that most of the things to do are free.  Washington D.C. is home to a seemingly endless number of must-visit museums. The most famous being the Smithsonian.

 The Smithsonian lines the National Mall and is easy to access. In addition, there is no fee for admission.

 Seeing them all in one day can be difficult. Therefore, we are sharing our three favorites museums that offer something for people of all ages.

  • National Air & Space Museum – This museum is huge, and could easily take an entire day to explore. The Air & Space Museum is the home of some of the most historic aircraft including the Wright Brothers Flyer, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and John Glenn’s Mercury Capsule. If you only have one and are traveling with kids, we recommend adding this museum to your plan.
  • National Museum of American History – This museum is devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political development of the United States. Here the Smithsonian outlines American history from colonial times to the present. The American History Museum’s collection contains more than three million historical objects. One of our favorite objects is the famed Star-Spangled Banner. You will also be able to see a piece of the Berlin Wall, George Washington’s Uniform and Chair, and Thomas Jefferson’s desk. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has many interesting artifacts on display for people of all ages to enjoy.
  • National Museum of Natural History – This is the world’s most popular natural history museum. Here you will learn the fascinating story of our planet. The museum is larger than 18 football fields and is home to the largest natural history collection in the world. Here you will be able to see the Hope Diamond, Egyptian Mummies, and many other amazing artifacts from the world around us.

The National Mall & Memorial Parks

The National Mall is our nation’s most historical stretch of land. It is a 2 mile long piece of land flanked by iconic buildings, historical sites, and memorials.

Click on the links below to learn more about some of the most iconic, and famous monuments.

Lincoln Memorial

Washington Monument

World War 2 Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

MLK Memorial

Korean War Memorial

These are just a few of the many memorials, and monuments located along the National Mall. It is possible to spend one entire afternoon just visiting the monuments and memorials.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the more iconic memorials along the National Mall. If interested in learning more about the 16th President there are numerous memorials to him. To learn about these additional memorials read our blog post Honoring America’s 16th President

National Park System Sites

All of the above monuments and memorials are overseen by the National Park Service. In total there are 25 NPS sites through our Washington D.C.

One NPS site that we have visited, and recommend for everyone is Ford’s Theatre. This is the site of President Lincoln’s assassination. Here you can view the Presidential box Lincoln was sitting in on April 15, 1865. The Presidential Box is decorated with exact replicas that were commissioned by the government for President Lincoln’s box when the theater was restored in 1968.

Visiting Washington D.C. is a great way to participate in the Junior Ranger Program, and grow your collection of Jr Ranger badges.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a great Rv destination to experience the Fourth of July look no further.

Washington D.C. puts on a great Independence Day celebration. There is plenty to do for people of all ages. The majority of the things to do and see are free. When you are traveling in an RV, low-cost, or free options are always great.

Cherry Hill Park is, in our opinion, the best Rv park close to D.C. It is a beautiful Rv park, with lots of amenities. In addition, the staff is more than helpful when planning a day trip or two into D.C.

We love to hear from our followers. Please leave a comment or idea below. 

Have you ever been to Cherry Hill Park? What about Washington D.C.? We would love to hear about your experience! Feel free to leave some tips. If there is anything we missed let us know! 

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