Fairfax County 4th of July Events and Celebrations
There are many ways to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, and the options are a-plenty in Fairfax County, VA. If you're visiting Fairfax over this special holiday, make sure you enjoy some of these things to do that pay tribute to why America is a great place to live and visit. From fireworks to parades to commemorations to more events, Fairfax County is the place to be this 4th of July.
4th of July at the National ArchivesJul 4, National Archives
Address: Constitution Ave between 7th and 9th Sts, NW, Washington, DC
Times: 10am to 5:30pm
The National Archives celebrates the 4th of July with special family programming celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Visit the National Archives Building for this special birthday party from 10am - 5:30pm.
Address: Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
Times: At dark, usually around 9:10 p.m.
Fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool area, and will be visible from many locations in D.C. and Virginia.
Fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m. EDST. Duration 17 minutes.
VIEWING FROM THE NATIONAL MALL:
Plan to arrive early, and to protect yourself from heat-related illness.
Viewing areas on the National Mall near the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool will be accessible only through secure access points.
Consider wearing hearing protection. These fireworks are BIG and LOUD.
Consider wearing eye protection to protect yourself from falling debris.
Consider not bringing pets.
Immediately following the fireworks, areas along Independence Avenue between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial will be closed for safety related to the fireworks launch site. The road will re-open after cleanup crews have completed their inspection and removed any hazardous materials.
OTHER VIEWING AREAS:
U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall between 14th Street and 3rd Street*, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, Anacostia Park, U.S. Marine Corps Memorial (Virginia), George Washington Memorial Parkway (Virginia). *Construction between 3rd and 7th Street on the National Mall will affect access to the area.
A Capitol Fourth ConcertJul 4, West Lawn of the United States Capitol
Address: E. Capitol St and First St. NW, Washington, DC
Times: 8 - 9:30 p.m. (Admittance begins at 3 p.m.)
A 4th of July tradition in the nation's capital includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and several pop artists performing patriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The concert and show is followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. The annual event will be broadcast live on WETA TV 26 with a repeat airing at 10:00 p.m.
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17.00; children ages 6-11, $8.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Historic Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, salutes our first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River.
The Independence Day event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the "first" first couple, "General and Mrs. Washington."
Summer Farm Life: July has always been a time of celebration at George Washington's farm as it marks the beginning of the wheat harvest season. To celebrate Washington the farmer, field hands will kick-off the season on Independence Day with wheat-treading demonstrations at the Pioneer Farm. Costumed staff will lead Mount Vernon's horses as they tread wheat in the 16-sided barn. Visitors can witness Washington's innovative treading process, learning first-hand how Washington separated grain from straw.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon is included in regular estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children 5 and under are admitted free.
Celebrate July 4thJul 4, Long Bridge Park
Address: 475 Long Bridge Dr, Arlington, VA
On Thursday, July 4, 2013, visit Long Bridge Park from 3-10 p.m. for family-friendly fun, including:
Variety of Delicious Food
Local Arts and Crafts Vendors
Free Face Painting, Balloon Art and Moon Bounces
Games For All Ages
Amazing Views of Washington, DC's fireworks display
Address: 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Phone: (703) 385-7949
You're invited to join the fun at Fairfax High School on July 4th! The City of Fairfax Band will anchor the evening show entertainment; also included in the evening's lineup is the musical group "Grooveline", featuring three Fairfax High School graduates playing your favorite music from the 1950's to the present. Fireworks start at 9:20PM. Lawn chairs or any items that may puncture the synthetic turf, smoking, alcohol and animals are not permitted on the football field. Exception: service animals. Old Lee Highway will be closed from Ridge Avenue (just past Artie's Restaurant) to Layton Hall Drive from approximately 9:15pm to 11pm.
Address: Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10 am to 12 pm - rain or shine
Phone: (703) 385-7949
The City of Fairfax parade will include groups from around the nation and from within the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are excited that nine high school marching bands will be participating in the parade traveling from as far away as Nebraska and Minnesota. Of course, our own Fairfax High School Marching Rebels will be the hometown favorite!
Address: 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
Times: 7 p.m.; 9:20 Fireworks Blast Off
Phone: (703) 248-5178
The City sponsors an annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike). Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. In the event of rain, the event is scheduled for July 5 at the same time and location. The event is free to the public. No alcohol, personal fireworks, or smoking permitted on school grounds.
Address: 11911 Democracy Drive (Potomac River Running Store), Reston, VA
Times: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Lauren Rachal
Admission: $35 adult registration through July 1.
How are you celebrating Independence Day? Join us for the 4th annual Firecracker 5k, benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington! Runners of all ages can participate in the Potomac River Running 5k race that starts and ends in Reston Town Center on July 4, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks and show your support to our local military members and their families. Experience live music, face painting, waving flags and free massages! Come out and root for your favorite military branch in the “Battle of the Branches” competition! Sign up to race at bit.ly/Firecracker5k today! Celebrate our littlest patriots by bringing pencil sharpeners and notebooks to “Stuff the Mobile USO Truck!” The school supplies contribute to USO-Metro’s Operation Back to School program, which provides nearly 4,000 local military children a backpack filled with school supplies. For sponsorship information, contact Lauren Rachal at LaurenR@usometro.org. Location: Reston Town Center, 11911 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190 (Potomac River Running Store) Price: 5k Adult Registrations $35 through July 1 (Online registration closes on July 1 at 8 p.m.) $40 on July 2 and July 3 $45 on July 4 (Race Day) 5k 14 and Under Registrations $20 through July 1 (Online registration closes on July 1 at 8 p.m.) $25 on July 2 and July 3 $30 on July 4 (Race Day) Military Discount Available
Address: Columbine Rd, Great Falls, VA
Times: Festivities begin at 8am
Phone: (571) 293-0474
8:00am ~ 5K Walk/Run ~ Great Falls Freedom Memorial
New this Year! The Great Falls Trailblazers are bringing the Annual 5K Walk/Run to our local trails. Join us at the Freedom Memorial on the Library grounds. From there, go off-road on the Lucy Hanes Trail, along Arnon Chapel and past Great Falls Elementary before heading back to the Freedom Memorial.
9:00am ~ Little Patriot Parade ~ Village Centre Green (at the Gazebo)
Babies and Toddlers up to age 5 are welcome to parade thier finest patriotic diplay around the Green. Awards for "Young George Washington," Little Miss Betsy Ross," and "The Star Spangled Family."
9am Registration at the Gazebo ~ 9:15am Little Patriot Parade start
10:00am ~ Main Parade ~ Great Falls Village Centre
See the floats, horses, antique cars and pets making a loop in the Main Parade. Be sure to spot the winning floats for Best Neighborhood, Best Business and Best Organization!
Starts on Columbine Road & proceeds around the Village CentreGreen
10:30am to 12:30pm ~ Festivities, Food & Fun ~ Village Centre Green
After the parade, enjoy burgers, dogs and snowcones along with music, field games and festivities on the Village Centre Green with your Great Falls neighbors.
**** FIREWORKS WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 6th ****
Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, Virginia
Times: 6:30pm - 10pm
Contact: Herndon Parks and Recreation
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Start planning now to meet friends and family at the Town of Herndon's old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Sit back and relax as our DJ plays patriotic and summer tunes. The whole family can enjoy the children’s arts & crafts and games, and food may be purchased at the event. At dark, watch a spectacular fireworks display synchronized to music. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy the festivities. Event starts at 6:30pm, with fireworks at dark.
July 4th Street Festival with American Tap RoomJul 4, American Tap Room at Reston Town Center
Address: Library Street, Reston, VA
Times: 12pm - 9pm
Outdoor concessions, beverages, music and more. Kids' Own Zone until 3pm. Harley Davidson drawing during event; enter at any American Tap Room location.
Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA
Times: Fireworks start at 9:15pm; park open all day
Phone: (703) 471-5415
Admission: Park admission free; regular admission fees for Water Mine water park
Park grounds open at 7am so bring your family for a full day of fun! The Water Mine will be open 10am-8pm, but generally hits capacity very early so plan accordingly! There will be vendors near the park main office offering a variety of foods and tasty dessert treats! The carousel and marina will be available from 11am-6pm. There is also a puppet show from 6pm-8pm near the carousel!
Parking attendants will be directing traffic throughout the park. When you enter the park, please follow the directions of the parking staff.
The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15pm. The fireworks are shot off over the lake so the view can be seen from almost any portion of the park!
The campgrounds are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight. Reservations are highly recommended and will be accepted as long as space is available. Call 703-471-5415 to make your reservation today.
Address: 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Grounds open at 8 p.m.
Free Admission and Parking
Receive an American flag from the McLean American Legion Post 270 and see Northern Virginia's best fireworks display to honor our Nation's 237th birthday.
Shuttle buses will be available from St. John's Lutheran Church on Douglass St. and Georgetown Pike and from MCC. Rain date is July 5.
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 1pm - 3pm
Phone: (703) 222-4664
Admission: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior and child
Challenge the old grey cells this 4th of July with political trivia, games and fun facts. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Who were the signers participating in this act of treason? Do you dare to use a quill pen and add your signature to the list? You and your family will be surprised by what you may discover about the past and how it has shaped our lives today and for the future. Guided tour included.
Address: 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA
Times: Festival at the Community Center 11am-4 pm; Entertainment at Yeonas Park 7pm; Fireworks at Southside Park 9:15 pm
Phone: (703) 255-6360
A super observance of our nation's birthday is held each July 4 on the Vienna Community Center grounds. The day's activities include a flea market of arts and crafts, food and drink, music, family games, children's entertainment, antique and classic car display and of course, fireworks at Southside Park. For more information, call (703) 255-6360.
Address: Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC
Times: 6pm - 7pm
The National Air and Space Museum's Independence Day Concert is back with the United States Air Force Band's "Airmen of Note." This ensemble features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. It has an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind. Kick off your Fourth of July evening activities with a concert by one of our nation's most revered musical organizations.
Washington, DC Independence Day ParadeJul 4, Downtown Washington
Address: Constitution Ave and 7th to 17th Sts., Washington, DC
Washington, DC's 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats and VIPs. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot.
Address: 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD
Phone: (301) 432-5124
Admission: See website
Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m.
There is a minimum one hour to ninety minute traffic delay when leaving the event so be patient.
Be sure to bring a blanket, plenty of water or soft drinks, and a flashlight. Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service sells food and drinks at the event.
Be prepared for large crowds of up to 20,000 people.
Limited parking is available in the park and additional parking can be found on Rt. 65 and Rt. 34 bordering the park.
You have to walk to get into and out of the event.
Please no pets and NO SOLICITING.
Tarps cannot be placed before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Tarps placed prior to this time will be removed and those not occupied by 7:00 p.m. on the evening of the concert will also be removed. We suggest labelling property with a name.
A shuttle bus is available to bring you closer to the event from Rt. 34, but there is still a 300 yard walk. Buses run from 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $2.00 round-trip and children under five are free.
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA will present a patriotic fireworks show on Saturday, July 6 at 9pm! Bring your family, friends, blankets and lawn chairs and come watch as the colors light up the sky! Come early for a Mount Vernon Nights Concert at 7pm featuring Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, then a Swing Ensemble with the City of Fairfax Band at 8pm and stay for the fireworks at 9pm! Also, browse the Vulcan Gallery for the 360 Degrees of Post-Traumatic Stress: A Military Art Exhibition (open until 8:30pm).
Address: 925 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA
Phone: (571) 293-0474
**** FIREWORKS WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 6th ****
6:00pm ~ Evening Activities & Fireworks ~ Turner Farm
Later in the day, games, activities and music abound at Turner Farm. Bring something to sit or lay on as you watch the fireworks light up the sky at dusk.
Sponsored by Friends of the Fireworks
USA & Alexandria Birthday CelebrationJul 13, Oronoco Bay Park
Address: 100 Madison St, Alexandria, VA
The City of Alexandria celebrates its own birthday and the USA's each year on the Saturday following the 4th of July. The annual event includes children's activities, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.