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Fourth of July Parades Around Washington

Saturday’s National Independence Day Parade tends to overshadow smaller events, but there are plenty of more low-key processions in the region.


Capitol Hill’s parade runs along Eighth Street, Southeast.

The Palisades neighborhood throws what its citizen association calls “the best small town parade in DC” at 11 AM on Saturday. Bonus for local politics-watchers: District politicians usually make a point of hitting this one.


Annapolis’ parade starts at 6:30 PM, and organizers say “Anywhere along the parade route will provide a good view.”

Laurel’s parade begins at 11 AM at 6th and Montgomery streets.

Kensington will hold a bike parade at 10 AM. It’s open to “all kids, and those young at heart, that wish to decorate their bike, scooter, wagon or stroller and follow a Kensington Volunteer Fire Department truck through the streets of Kensington.”

Takoma Park’s parade begins at 10 AM. This year’s parade celebrates Takoma Park’s “125 years of good governance.”


Dale City’s Independence Day parade starts at 10 AM.

Fairfax City’s Independence Day parade starts at 10 AM. Rain or shine!

Leesburg’s parade starts at 10 AM, and the best participant will win the Patriot Cup, which will be on display at Town Hall all year.

Lovettsville holds its parade on July 3 at 5:30 PM.