Nobody does Independence Day better than the National Capital Region. It's more than just the fireworks, concert, and parade on the National Mall, though. Between our community parades and celebrations, early fireworks shows, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Capital Region celebrates America's independence for at least a week, making it an ideal time to visit. After all, when better to visit the iconic sites around the region that showcase our nation's greatness? If you've never been here for the Fourth of July, it's time to cross it off your bucket list!

Here are some of the best places to catch 4th of July fireworks in Fairfax County this year. Scroll to the end for some updates on the Washington, DC festivities, too.

 

Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon
June 25, 2021 - June 26, 2021

Mount Vernon Fireworks
Image courtesy George Washington's Mount Vernon

Start your Independence Day celebration with a bang! Get an early start on the commemoration of American Independence at George Washington's beloved estate. Relax and enjoy a patriotic evening that includes dazzling fireworks and musical performances! Meet people from George Washington's world as you hear about their experiences during the War for Independence. Visit Washington’s Tomb at night—this event is one of the few times this area is open in the evening. Concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant will also be available. 


Workhouse Fireworks
July 2, 2021

Workhouse Fireworks
Image courtesy Workhouse Arts Center

Launched from the historic 55-acre Workhouse Arts Center campus, the region's largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show celebrates the history of this nation and honors the courage and sacrifice that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. The event will dazzle all visitors with an incredible display of vibrant colors, bright lights, and ground-shaking explosions and offer entertainment that all have longed for in recent times. A spectacular fireworks show follows a musical performance by the US Navy Band Sea Chanters in the Rizer Pavilion. Guests can also enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks, craft beer, and fine wine, and other beverages will also be available.
 

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
July 4, 2021

George Washington - American Flag
Image courtesy George Washington's Mount Vernon

For a more unique way to view fireworks, visit George Washington's Mount Vernon on July 4 for a dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks show over the Potomac River. Guests will also be able to view special military re-enactments throughout the day, visit with General Washington, listen to performances by the National Concert Band, observe a moving ceremony to honor new U.S. citizens, and attend wreath-laying ceremonies at Washington's tomb.
 

Hometown Celebration and Parade at Great Falls Village Center
Fireworks at Turner Farm Park
July 4, 2021

Great Falls - 4th of July
Image courtesy CelebrateGreatFalls.org 

It's a Great Falls hometown celebration! The day begins with a 5k walk/run at 8am. Babies and toddlers up to age 5 can parade their finest patriotic display around the Town Green. The main parade kicks off at 10am with floats, horses, antique cars, and firetrucks. Festivities continue until 2pm with field games, music, treats, merchandise, and magic! Come back in the evening for a dazzling fireworks display at nearby Turner Farm Park. Gates open at 6pm and live music, games, contests, and food trucks will entertain until the big show starts just after dusk.
 

Herndon's 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2021

Town of Herndon Independence Day fireworks

This family-fun event features a fabulous fireworks show at Bready Park. Hot tip: Bring a blanket or lawn chair, remember that all coolers will be searched (no alcohol, glass, or personal fireworks), and parking is available at Herndon Middle School, Herndon Golf Course, and Herndon Community Center.
 

City of Fairfax Parade and Fireworks
July 3 & 4, 2021

Join the City of Fairfax this year as they kick off 55th annual Independence Day Celebration! The parade starts at 10am, and loops around Downtown Fairfax, along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street.  Among the entries in this year’s parade are nine high school marching bands as well as many large inflatable parade balloons, floats and clowns. Enjoy music and dancing during the Evening Show on July 4th at Fairfax High School (3501 Lion Run). On-stage entertainment begins at 6:30 pm with a spectacular fireworks display that follows. 


Town of Vienna July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, 2021

Town of Vienna - Fireworks - 4th of July

Cap off America’s birthday with a hometown fireworks show worthy of “oohs” and “aahs” and live music from Big Bad JuJu. The festivities take place at Yeonas Park, starting with live music at 7:30pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm.
 

Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun at Lake Fairfax Park
July 3, 2021

Lake Fairfax will host fireworks on Saturday, July 3, 2021, bringing back this community celebration. This year’s event will take place the day before the national holiday - on Saturday, July 3. Tickets can be purchased online through 11:59 p.m. on July 2. Be sure to arrive by 8 p.m. to ensure sufficient time to park and find a spot to watch the show! For those looking to make a day out of it, the park will be open at sunrise and will have various food trucks on-site throughout the day providing delicious food and beverages. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole will also be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., but be sure to purchase tickets in advance as the water park routinely sells out by noon. Come on out, enjoy the park, find a spot and enjoy the show!


Washington, DC Fireworks, Festivities, & Tips:

Independence Day in the Capital Region

  • The annual 'A Capitol Fourth' concert, performed and filmed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, begins at 8pm and airs on WETA featuring military bands such as The U.S. Airforce Singing Sergeants and The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. 
  • The jaw-dropping DC Fireworks display runs from approximately 9:09pm to 9:25pm. Make sure to arrive early and expect security screenings. Viewing areas on the National Mall near the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool will be accessible only through secure access points.
  • Take a cruise on Entertainment Cruises, Embark DC, or Potomac Riverboat Company for unique views of the fireworks.
  • Go early to browse some of the most iconic monuments and memorials in the nation's capital. 
  • Take Metro if you can, but expect crowds. 

 

How will you be spending your 4th of July? Share your favorite vantage points, celebrations, and events in Northern Virginia with us in the comments below. Join the conversation online using @VisitFairfax and #FXVA