4th of July Events

Looking for a local spot to watch the fireworks? Or maybe for a fun way to spend the whole day? We’ve compiled a list of 4th of July events, firework shows, entertainment and more that your family will be sure to love!

Washington, D.C.

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

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

The National Archives celebrates the 4th of July with special family programming celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Visit their website for specific event times and descriptions.

4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall

Beginning at 9:09 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. on the National Mall. Runs June 29th – July 4th and July 7th – July 10th

The annual event includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. Visit their website for specific times and event details.

Washington, D.C.’s Independence Day Parade

11:45 a.m. Constitution Ave. and 7th to 17th Sts. Washington, D.C.

Historic Constitution Avenue and the Monuments in Washington, D.C. form the setting for America’s biggest and best Independence Day Parade. Nowhere is there greater excitement on America’s birthday than in our nation’s capital! The 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: Beginning at 6:30 pm., the 4th of July Parade featuring marching bands, service clubs, scouts and fire engines begins at Amos Garrett and West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Streets, and ends in front of the Market House. At 8 p.m., the USNA Concert Band will perform at Susan Campbell Park – City Dock. The fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m.

College Park: University of Maryland, College Park. Parking Lot 1, off Campus Drive near the University Boulevard/Adelphi Road entrance. (301) 864-8877. Concessions open at 5 p.m. and music start at 7 p.m., with fireworks around 9 p.m.

Columbia: Columbia, Maryland. Flat Branch Park/4th Street. Children’s activities, music and other entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 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: Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD. The water park and mini golf course open at 11 a.m., the skate park at 3 p.m. Festival activities begin at 5 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Visit their website for more information about the events and activities of the day.

Laurel: July 2, at Laurel Lakes, beginning at 11 a.m. 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. Visit their website for more details.

Takoma Park: 10 a.m., Independence Day Parade. The parade will begin at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, travel South on Carroll Avenue, turn right on Maple Avenue, and continue to Ritchie Avenue where it will disband. Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. See their website for other event details.

Virginia Fireworks and Celebrations

Fairfax: Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include a parade, Superhero Fest, Old Fashioned Fireman’s Day and the evening show and fireworks. Visit their website for specific times and locations of the events.

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.

Herndon: Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. – family-fun games, patriotic arts & crafts, live music, bingo, food, balloon artists and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Leesburg: Parade begins at 10 a.m. through Downtown Leesburg. Celebrate America’s big day at Ida Lee Park and enjoy a night of music and fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. A full food court will be onsite and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Manassas: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Historic Downtown Manassas. The party surrounds the Historic Downtown train depot, the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum. There will be great rides for the kids starting at 3 p.m. The rest of the fun, including food concessions and novelty vendors will begin at 4 p.m. Firework display begins at 9:15 p.m.

Middleburg: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Grand Lawn at Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia. Celebrate the 4th of July at Salamander Resort & Spa with a classic BBQ buffet and the best views of Middleburg’s fireworks! Advanced reservations include reserved seating will be available along with access to face painting, bubble soccer, and other patriotic crafts and games!

Reston: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park. 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, Virginia. Live music, food vendors and other activities. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.

Vienna: Yeonas Park, begins at 4 p.m. and includes chili dog eating contest, kids’ games, Old Bay Circus Company, live music and fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

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