4th of July Events & Activities

District of Columbia Fireworks and Celebrations

A Capitol Fourth Concert

8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Admittance begins at 3 p.m.) West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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.

4th of July at the National Archives

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC. The National Archives celebrates the 4th of July with special family programming celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall

Beginning at dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. Rain Date: July 5th. National Mall.

The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

11 a.m – 5 p.m. at the National Mall. The annual event includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru.

Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade

11:45 a.m. Constitution Ave. and 7th to 17th Sts. Washington, DC’s 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats and VIP’s. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot.

Maryland Fireworks and Celebrations

Annapolis: An evening 4th of July Parade precedes the fireworks at the City Dock. The parade begins on Amos Garrett Blvd., and then proceeds right on West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Street, and ends in front of the Market House.

College Park: University of Maryland, College Park. Parking Lot 1, off Campus Drive near the University Boulevard/Adelphi Road entrance. (301) 864-8877. Food and music start at 7 p.m., with fireworks around 9 p.m.

Columbia: Lake Kittamaquandi, 10221 Wincopin Circle Columbia, Maryland. Music, children’s entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Frederick: Baker Park, Second and Bentz Streets, Frederick, Maryland. The event includes a full day of activities, beginning at noon. Live music on four stages, fireworks and much more.

Gaithersburg: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Gates open at 5 p.m. Walk-in at Chestnut or Dalamar Streets; the Perry Parkway entrance will be closed. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Laurel: 11 a.m. 4th St., Laurel, Maryland. The city celebrates with a full day of entertainment including a patriotic Independence Day parade, an antique car show, contests and live music, and a fireworks display.

Takoma Park: 10 a.m. The Takoma Park community celebrates the 4th of July with a full day of events including an Independence Day Parade, musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. The parade kicks off at Carroll & Ethan Allen Ave., proceeds south along Carroll Avenue to Maple Avenue, then turns right on Maple Avenue and ends at Sherman Avenue.

Virginia Fireworks and Celebrations

Fairfax: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fairfax Historic District. The community comes together for a patriotic celebration beginning with a parade, followed by the Old-Fashioned Fireman’s Day with firefighter competitions, food, and games and ending with a fireworks display.

Falls Church: George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. Live music will start at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

Leesburg: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA. Live concert from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. Food and drink vendors on-site. No outside coolers allowed.

Manassas: 9431 West Street, Manassas, Virginia. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, food and fireworks. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Middleburg: Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia. The resort will celebrate the 4th of July with a whole hog BBQ, live music and family activities throughout the weekend. This is a ticketed event. The evening ends with a fireworks display where BBQ guests will enjoy preferred seating.

Reston: Lake Fairfax Park. 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, Virginia. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m.

Vienna: Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street Southeast, Vienna, Virginia. Arts and crafts, food, live music, vendors, and games. Celebrations start at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Southside Park on Ross Dr.


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