Where to watch fireworks, parades on July 4

WASHINGTON — How will you celebrate America’s birthday?

Many people enjoy the laid-back fun of a neighborhood parade, while others crowd into downtown D.C. year after year to see one of the best fireworks shows in the nation.

Whether you prefer your Independence Day celebrations large or small, you’re sure to find one you like on our comprehensive regional list.

All events are free and scheduled to take place on July 4, unless otherwise noted. Most are also weather-dependent.




  • Arlington County
    • Long Bridge Park in Arlington will be open to those who want to view the National Mall fireworks, but there will be no special activities as in years past.
  • Charlottesville
    • Patriotism in the Park in Charlottesville includes live music, kids activities, a chicken fingers-eating contest, and fireworks.
  • Prince William County
    • The Potomac Nationals will have a pregame buffet and postgame fireworks. Buffet tickets are a $10 add-on to a ticket in any seating section, and kids 5 and younger are free with an adult ticket.


Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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