The nation’s capital is open for celebrations this Independence Day.

After a somewhat muted Fourth of July in 2020, President Biden and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) have touted 2021 as the year for the return of parades and other festivities.

But with the pandemic not entirely over, some things will still look different.

Below, we answer your questions about protecting yourself from the coronavirus while you toast America’s 245th birthday.

What to know

  • What activities are happening?
  • Which activities are canceled?
  • Will mask-wearing and social distancing be enforced at public celebrations?
  • Speaking of Metro, can I take it to the fireworks?
  • <b>Will roads be closed?</b>
  • <b>What else is closed?</b>