Things to Do

Local Fourth of July Celebrations Beyond the Mall

Where to find fireworks, old-fashioned parades, live music, and more.

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Rather than braving the crowds at the National Mall, consider checking out a Fourth of July celebration in a local community or nearby small town. Bring a blanket and lawn chair for comfy seating.




Concert and Fireworks at Ida Lee Park

location_on 60 Ida Lee Dr. NW., Leesburg

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Head to the park starting at 6 PM for a festive evening. The event includes a food court with summer treats such as hot dogs and ice cream plus ’80s and ’90s music from a hip-hop cover band. Fireworks: 9:30 PM. 



Celebrate America

location_on 9201 Center St., Manassas

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Watch the fireworks from the lawn of the Manassas Museum. Beginning at 3 PM, the area will be full of patriotic kid-friendly activities (think: face painting and games). Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty will also make cameos. Fireworks: 9:15 PM. 



July 4th in Bready Park

location_on 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon

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Live music and games such as bingo start at 6:30 PM, preceding a fireworks display that launches from the nearby Herndon Centennial Golf Course. Fireworks: 9:30 PM



Evening Show & Fireworks

location_on 3501 Lion Run., Fairfax

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Look to the sky to see fireworks from the parking lot of Fairfax High School. Arrive ahead of the pyrotechnics for music from Latin pop rock band Ocho de Bastos, kicking off at 6:30 PM.  Fireworks: 9:30 PM


Loudoun County

Independence Day at Franklin Park

location_on 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville

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For a pretty soundtrack to pair with the fireworks,  the Loudoun Symphonic Winds will play at the same time as the display. This Independence Day event starts at 5 PM with a DJ, food trucks, a photo booth, and activities for kids. Fireworks: 9:30 PM



Middleburg Independence Day

location_on 101 N Madison St., Middleburg

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Beginning at 5:45 PM, a parade marches from the Middleburg Community Center (300 W Washington St., Middleburg) to the Middleburg Community Charter School. Once you arrive at the school, find live music and bouncy houses for Fourth of July party. Fireworks: 9:15 PM



Lights of Freedom

location_on Multiple locations

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Colonial Williamsburg is offering free access to the historic area and art museums so you can spend the day learning about American history. Special events throughout the holiday include canon salutes and readings of the Declaration of Independence. The evening finishes with fireworks over the Governor’s Palace (300 Palace Green St., Williamsburg). Fireworks: 9:30 PM



Happy Birthday America

location_on 600 Churchville Ave., Staunton

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Take a day trip to this charming Shenandoah town, where an Independence Day festival is happening on July 3 and 4. Doors open at 6 AM on Thursday, and the all-day event features a parade, carnival, musical performances, plus a fireworks finale. Fireworks: 10 PM




Rockville Independence Day

location_on 1800 Piccard Dr., Rockville

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A band paying homage to the ’90s and noughties will get the party going at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park alongside food vendors serving tacos, shaved ice, fried Oreos, and more. The event begins at 7 PM. Fireworks: 9:15 PM



Germantown Glory

location_on 18041 Central Park Cir., Boyds

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Enjoy a Central City Orchestra concert before the fireworks at South Germantown Recreational Park. If you want more fireworks, Montgomery County will host a second show on July 6 at Albert Einstein High School (1135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington) with free shuttle service from Westfield Wheaton. Fireworks: 9:15 PM at both events. 



Poolesville Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

location_on 15598 Hughes Rd., Poolesvilles

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Stop by the soccer fields at 5 PM for food and live music, organized by the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Poolesville. Come prepared: The $10 parking fee must be paid in cash. Fireworks: Between 9 PM and 9:15 PM, depending on sunset. 



4th of July Fireworks in Cambridge

location_on 2 Yacht Club Dr., Cambridge; End of Somerset Ave., Cambridge

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The up-and-coming town in the Eastern Shore is a great option for a day trip on the water. To watch fireworks over the Choptank River, bring a blanket or chairs to Long Wharf Park and Gerry Boyle Park. Fireworks: 9 PM. 


St. Michaels

Old Fashioned Fourth and Big Band Night

location_on Multiple locations

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Want to extend the holiday into a patriotic weekend getaway? This quaint town has events on July 4 and July 6. On Thursday, an old-fashioned children’s parade rolls through town at 10 AM, starting at the St. Michaels Museum (201 E. Chestnut St., St. Michaels). Join on foot or bring a bicycle, and enjoy the raising of the flags, a magic show, and shaved ice after the procession. For more Independence Day fun, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (213 North Talbot St.,
St. Michaels) is hosting a big band performance. Doors open at 5 PM, and the music is followed by fireworks over the river. Fireworks: 9:30 PM on July 6. 

Josie Reich
Editorial Fellow