Updated for 2023

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 30 & July 1, 2023

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 will also be available for purchase. 

FireWorks 2023 at the Workhouse Arts Center
July 1, 2023

Workhouse Fireworks
Image courtesy Workhouse Arts Center

Launched from the historic 55-acre Workhouse Arts Center campus, one of the region's largest fireworks displays 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. FireWorks 2023 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. Guests can also enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks, craft beer, and fine wine, and other beverages will also be available.

Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun at Lake Fairfax Park
July 1, 2023

Lake Fairfax will host fireworks again this year for a family-friendly community celebration. 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 come early as the water park routinely reaches capacity by noon. Come on out, enjoy the park, find a spot, and enjoy the show! Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at gate (bikes and pedestrians are free).

Community Independence Day Fireworks Celebration in McLean
July 1, 2023


While festivities begin at 6:30pm, the fireworks show begins at approximately 9:15pm at this annual community Independence Day celebration. Enjoy gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, giveaways, and free parking at Langley High School. Rain date will be July 2. 


City of Fairfax Independence Day Evening Show and Fireworks
July 2, 2023


Enjoy music and dancing during the Evening Show at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax High School Stalnaker Stadium, 3501 Lion Run. On-stage entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with rockin' music, a few parade awards — and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display after dark. 


Town of Vienna July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
July 2, 2023

Town of Vienna - Fireworks - 4th of July

Celebrate America’s birthday with a hometown fireworks show worthy of “oohs” and “aahs” and live music from the United States Navy Concert band. The festivities take place at Yeonas Park, starting with live music at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm.

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
July 4, 2023

Mount Vernon, An American Celebration
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 revolutionary war military drills, hear 18th-century music, 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, 2023

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, 2022

Town of Herndon Independence Day fireworks

This family-fun event features a fabulous fireworks show at Bready Park. The festivities begin at 6:30pm with fireworks starting at dark. 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 Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2023

Join the City of Fairfax this year as they kick off 56th 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.  


Washington, DC Fireworks
July 4, 2023: Festivities, & Tips:

  • 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 concert is free to attend.
  • 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 or Embark DC 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