NoVa July 4th festivities

My usual weekend lineup that appears on Wednesdays has been usurped by tomorrow’s Independence Day activities; NoVa weekend lineup will appear tomorrow!

From about.com: You can see spectacular views of the fireworks on the National Mall from the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, Virginia near the Rosslyn Metro station and areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River that can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway. You may park at the Gravely Point parking lot, which is about a quarter mile from the 14th Street Bridge.  

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department also published this list of locations offering public fireworks:
Herndon Centennial Golf Club 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon
Turner Farm Park 929 Springvale Road, Great Falls, Virginia International Town Country Club
13200 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax
Lake Fairfax Park 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston
River Bend Golf and Country Club 375 Walker Road, Great Falls
Langley High School 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean
Vienna Elementary School 128 Center Street, Vienna
Lake Barcroft Association Beach 3 Waterway Drive, Falls Church
Lee District Park 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria
Country Club of Fairfax 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax
Westwood Country Club 800 Maple Avenue, Vienna
Springfield Golf and Country Club 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield

ACTIVITIES 

Let Freedom Ring: Sully Historic Site
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Take up your pen for independence and join the ranks of those who fought for freedom from British colonial rule over 200 years ago. Be a radical – use a quill pen to affix you personalized scrawl to our declaration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A guided tour is included. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per senior and child.

4th of July Organ Concert, Alexandria
St. Paul’s Church, 228 S. Pitt Street   FREE
Stop by St. Paul’s Church from 10-10:45 a.m. for a patriotic organ concert featuring such favorites as “Stars and Strips Forever” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”.

City of Fairfax Independence Day Celebration
Capitol Parade 10 am. Old Fashioned Fireman’s Day, 12:30 pm, Fire Station 3; Fairfax Museum Open House, 10209 Main Street, Historic buildings open downtown Fairfax; Evening show featuring music and fireworks, 7 pm, Fairfax High School Stalnaker Stadium.

Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
Leesburg’s 4th of July celebration begins with a hometown parade at 10 a.m., beginning at Ida Lee Park and traveling down King Street through the historic district to Catoctin Circle. The event continues with a “Celebration in the Park” at 6 p.m. at Ida Lee with food vendors and live music at 7 p.m. The grand finale will be a wonderful fireworks display over the park at 9:30 p.m. All events are FREE.

Ol’ Time 4th of July Celebration
Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area
21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Celebrate an old fashioned 4th of July set in the park’s historic area. Activities include pony and wagon rides, a pie eating contest, crafts, an amazing reptile show, and nature exhibits. Tour the historic Lanesville Ordinary and see displays at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Enjoy live music and food vendors.A $5 donation is suggested.

Independence Day at Mount Vernon
Festivities include patriotic music by the National Concert Band of America, military re-enactments by the First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, and FREE “Happy Birthday, America!” cake (while supplies last). The Sons of the American Revolution host a wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s tomb where visitors are invited to lay a carnation.

Reston Association July 4th Festivities
Lake Newport Pool, 11601 Lake Newport Rd.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.    FREE
Start the day with a splash! Come to the pool and enjoy the festivities before the fireworks. We will have a DJ, pool games, and prizes. Pizza will be available for purchase.

Middleburg’s Independence Day Celebration
Middleburg Community Center
300 W. Washington St.
Celebrate Independence Day all day in Middleburg. The pool will be open from 11am-6pm, followed by music, games, contests, and food from 6-9 p.m. Fireworks will commence at dusk! All events are FREE.

Pride of Purcellville’s 4th of July Parade
Loudoun Valley High School
340 N Maple Avenue, Purcellville
This town celebration promises to be a fun-filled family event. There will be children’s rides, entertainment, food, craft vendors, and of course, a parade! The Fireman’s Parade will start at 11 a.m. and will proceed through the center of town. Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. Nominal fee for the rides.

Lake Fairfax Park
Arrive early and cool off at the Watermine water park. Papa John’s and Dippin’ Dots will be available for purchase. Ride the carousel. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For best parking, arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. The park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston. Call 703-471-5415.

Lee District Park
Carousel opens at noon. Kid’s will enjoy activities from 4-9 p.m. Vendors will sell food from from 4 p.m. to closing. A DJ will get the party rocking from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Sock Monkeys will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. A color guard will lead the formal ceremony from 9 to 9:15 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 per car. The park is located at 6601 Telegraph Road in Franconia. Call 703-922-9841.

20th Annual 4th of July Celebration: Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains
Gates open at 4pm, fireworks at dusk
Enjoy Independence Day at one of the region’s largest celebrations! This afternoon & evening of fun will include performances by The Flying Circus, polo, live music, children’s activities, model rockets, radio controlled giant scale airplanes, and much more. Of course the highlight of the day is the special high altitude fireworks display which includes shells larger than any in the Washington region! Admission is $40 per car.

Celebrate America! (Manassas)
Old Town Manassas Train Depot
9431 West Street
Celebrate America this Independence Day with one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia. It’s an all American party in Old Town Manassas, sponsored by the City of Manassas! The fun starts at 4 p.m. around the Old Town train depot and Manassas Museum lawn. Dance to live music by Point Blank, performing a variety of classic, contemporary and modern rock and country music at the train depot. Lots of fun rides for the kids, including the Acrospring, Dragon Slide and Enchanted Fairies Bounce! Of course we’ll have funnel cake and other favorite carnival foods, face painting and a red white and blue hayride! Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come early to get the best seats on the Manassas Museum lawn for the fireworks display at 9:15PM! Please note that the Old Town parking garage will not be available for this event. Be sure to stop by Sweet Street, across the tracks at the Old Town Sweet Shoppe! Watermelon and pie eating contests, apple bobbing, and a dance contest to the sounds of Dave the DJ! Win prizes from various Old Town merchants in both kid and adult categories. Sweet Street opens at 4 p.m., with contests starting at 6 p.m. Cool off with an ice cream cone, or even a frappunino from Javaroo!

Independence Day Celebration at Franklin Park
17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville   6-10 p.m.
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with Franklin Park’s incredible fireworks display. Enjoy a family-friendly night-out with great music, delicious food, and entertainment. Donation of $5 is optional.

McLean Fourth of July Celebration
Langley High School Stadium
6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean
Grounds open at 6 p.m.     FREE
Make sure to arrive early to enjoy the family games, music, balloons, face painting, flags, food, amusements and fun. All ending with an exciting new fireworks display you don’t want to miss! Bring cash for rides (moonbounce $3; gyroscope $5) and night light sticks and necklaces. Featuring B2B, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

Herndon 4th of July Celebration
Bready Park, Herndon Community Center
Events start 6:30 p.m.   FREE
Join the Town of Herndon for a free family-fun event featuring games, races, craft activities, bingo and more.  Our headline entertainer is Javier Mendoza and he will get the crowds up and dancing. Throughout the evening, festive food, ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to funnel cakes and cotton candy will be on sale! Our fabulous fireworks show is choreographed to music and starts at 9:30 pm. Parking is available at Herndon Middle School or St. Joseph’s Church. Please note: If you park at Herndon Community Center or St. Joseph’s you will not be able to leave the parking lot until after the Fire Marshall gives the all clear and that could be around 10:30 pm.

Falls Church Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike FREE
Kajun Kelley kicks of the festivities with a live musical performance at 7 p.m., and fireworks will light up the night sky at 9:30. 

 

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