Washington, D.C.
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The National Mall circa July 2016.
Classification Capital city
Location United States
Events War of 1996
War of 2016

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.


During the War of 1996, Washington was destroyed by an alien City Destroyer. President Thomas Whitmore and his staff barely managed to escape from the capital. Following a year after the war, Washington was immediately began to be rebuilt as a symbolic move while the nation's capital was temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City.[1][2]

After more than a decade since the invasion, Washington was finally reconstructed. Fragments of the original Capitol building were saved and made part of a memorial museum. The National Mall was redesigned and rebuilt around the new Capitol, which commemorated the War of 1996.[3]

In July 2016, Washington was destroyed again during the aliens' second attempt to invade Earth in which one of the mothership's landing struts ravaged parts of the city. Subsequently most of the Capitol Mall survived with the White House taking some damage.


Arrival of the DestroyerEdit

The Destruction of the White HouseEdit

The Destruction of the United States CapitolEdit

20th AnniversaryEdit

Arrival of the Harvester Mothership Edit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The destruction of the U.S. Capitol depicted in Independence Day was a miniature filmed on its side with the camera shooting down on the model. Only the front half was built, and internal charges were timed to detonate just as the fireball wrapped around it.
  • The rebuilt Washington, D.C. depicted in Independence Day: Resurgence has high-rises. In real-life, Washington is restricted from constructing buildings to no higher than 130 feet under the Height Buildings Act of 1910. Apparently in the world of Independence Day, the Height Act was overturned in the aftermath of the War of 1996.[4]


  1. Independence Day: Crucible
  2. How I Saved the World
  3. Independence Day: Resurgence
  4. Freed, Benjamin (April 22, 2016). "Independence Day Sequel Features DC Rebuilt Without the Height Act". Washingtonian.