Fourth of July celebrations across the region

WASHINGTON – Looking for some Independence Day holiday fun? Here’s a list of parades, celebrations and fireworks displays all around the region.

All events are on July 4 unless otherwise noted, and events with a fee are noted. The events listed below are still planned as of Tuesday evening.


  • The National Independence Day Parade starts at 11:45 a.m. and runs on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets.
  • The 17-minute fireworks show launched from the Reflecting Pool area of the National Mall starts at 9:10 p.m. Public access to the mall through security checkpoints begins at 10 a.m.
  • This year’s “A Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol features John Williams, Matthew Broderick and Kool & The Gang among others. General admission gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.



  • Alexandria’s celebration of America’s 236th birthday and the city’s 263rd birthday happens July 7 at Oronoco Bay Park.
  • In Arlington, head to Long Bridge Park for a day-long party including a bike parade, arts and crafts and a great view of D.C.’s fireworks.
  • It’s a “Star Spangled Celebration” in Fairfax City, with plenty of music, a performance of the 1812 Overture, and fireworks.
  • To see fireworks in Falls Church, head to George Mason High School. The fun starts with a concert and vendors selling food and treats.
  • Leesburg has an annual Independence Day parade, as well food, music and fireworks.
  • Manassas is throwing a street party, and blasting off what it says is one of the biggest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia.
  • Head to Mount Vernon to see daytime “smoke” fireworks shot over the Potomac River. There will be an ice-cream making demonstration and free birthday cake while it lasts. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for kids age 6-11. Kids 5 and younger are free.
  • The Great Meadow Foundation is hosting a celebration at its field in The Plains, complete with fireworks and live music by groups like the Cobbler Mountain Grass Band and the Nighthawks. Admission is $35 for pre-ordered tickets and $40 at the gate.
  • Purcellville is hosting a family fun day in Franklin Park, with fireworks at dark.
  • If you’re in Reston, head to Lake Fairfax Park to enjoy the Water Mine, pony rides, the carousel and fireworks shot over the lake.
  • Check out Vienna’s festival and fireworks held at the Vienna Community Center, Yeonas Park and Southside Park.

Some communities in the D.C. region have been forced to cancel July 4th fireworks display. To see where, follow this link.

To stay on top of road closures and the holiday Metro schedule, follow this link.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report. Follow Michelle and WTOP on Twitter.

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