July 4th Fireworks Celebrations and Parades in Northern Virginia

2021 July 4th fireworks in Northern Virginia bring fantastic celebrations, patriotic parades, and family fun to local towns and parks. It is great to see so many patriotic events and fireworks shows return this year. July 4th fireworks kick off in late June with several more events on the July 4th weekend.

With more limited offerings, some July 4th fireworks events are likely to sell out so book your tickets early. Wherever you spend your July 4th weekend, we wish you a fun and happy time. Find more local fun in our guide to July Events in Northern Virginia.

Independence Day Fireworks, Mount Vernon, June 25-26

Get a jump on the holiday with this late June fireworks show. Celebrate our nation’s founding with family fun and fireworks over the Potomac at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Live music, ice cream-making demonstrations, and picnic food options add to the fun. 6:00 – 9:45 nightly; $38/$50 includes mansion tour (other ticket options available).

Not on the 4th Fireworks, Tim’s Rivershore, Dumfries, June 26

Every year on the weekend prior to July 4th, Tim’s Rivershore hosts a professionally managed fireworks show, launched from their barge in the Potomac River. Arrive early to secure a spot. Live music, food specials, and activities for the kids are always a part of this fun day at Tim’s.

Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, July 2

Enjoy the area’s largest pre-July 4th fireworks at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. The family-friendly celebration features a stunning display of fireworks plus live entertainers and music plus a visit from Uncle Sam. Tickets start at $40 with other VIP sponsor options available. This event will sell out so get your tickets early. 5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Star Spangled 4th, South Riding, July 2

Decorate your car or bike and join in a patriotic parade at 5:30, then enjoy live music and food truck specials at 6:00. It all leads up to the big fireworks show at 9:00. Free.

Annual Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, Fairfax, July 3 – 4

The fun begins on July 3rd at 10:00 am with a parade through downtown Fairfax featuring bands, entertainers, civic groups, and the ever-popular Fairfax Library Precision Book Cart Drill Team. On July 4th, the action moves to Fairfax High School for live entertainment and fireworks beginning at 6:30. Free.

Lake Fairfax Fourth of July Celebration, Reston, July 3

Head to Lake Fairfax Park for a day of picnicking, swimming, hiking, and other fun around the lake. Gates open at dawn and there will be food trucks on-site throughout the day. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole waterpark will be open from 11:00 – 6:00. Admission is free; parking is $10/$15 per vehicle advance/day of event. Fireworks begin shortly after 9:00.

Independence Day Parade, Dale City, Jul 3

Back for its 50th year, the annual Dale City Independence Day Parade begins at 10:00 and travels down Dale Boulevard. This year’s parade is on July 3rd so it’s a great way to kick off weekend celebrations. Free, 10:00 -2:00.

Lansdowne Resort Celebrates America, Leesburg, Jul 3

Landsdowne Resort and Spa is hosting a special July 4th celebration for guests and members only. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a great fireworks show on July 3rd. Follow the link to make reservations (2-night minimum stay) and read our complete guide to a Leesburg Getaway in Northern Virginia Wine Country.

Mount Vernon, An American Celebration, Alexandria, July 4

Celebrate the 4th at the home of our first POTUS, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Meet General Washington and watch made-for-daytime fireworks. Visitors can also watch a moving Naturalization ceremony and enjoy music and other entertainment. All activities are included with regular admission. 8:00 – 5:00.

Plan your visit with our guide to Alexandria VA.

Independence Day at Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont, July 4

Watch town fireworks around the valley and celebrate the 4th of July at Dirt Farm Brewing while sipping craft beer. There will be a pig roast and other food options. Advanced tickets are required. $10 – $22; 6:00 – 10:00.

Make it a day trip with a hike to Bears Den Overlook and other fun in Bluemont.

4th of July Hometown Celebration, Great Falls, July 4

Start the day at the 5K walk/run at 8:00 am. At 9:00 am, babies and toddlers up to age 5 will parade their finest patriotic display around the Green with prizes in several categories. At 10:00, the main parade kicks off featuring floats, horses, antique cars, and pets.

At 6:00, the action moves to Turner Farm Park for music, games, contests, and food trucks until the fireworks begin just after dusk. Free.

Herndon 4th of July, Herndon, July 4th

The Town of Herndon will launch July 4th fireworks from the Herndon Centennial Golf Course. Head to Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center to see the show. The event will not include entertainment or food in 2021. The fireworks show begins at approximately 9:30. Free

Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration, Leesburg, July 4

Start the day with the hometown parade through downtown Leesburg at 10:00, then join an evening celebration at Ida Lee Park. Beginning at 6:00 pm, enjoy live entertainment, a full food court with funnel cakes, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, and more. At 9:30, the largest fireworks show in the region, choreographed to patriotic music, lights up the sky. Free.

Celebrate America, Manassas, July 4

One of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia takes place in Old Town Manassas. The party starts at 3:00 with community contests and a kid’s decorated bike parade at 3:30. At 4:00, enjoy food concessions and novelty vendors, followed by fireworks at 9:15. Free; 3:00 – 10:00.

4th of July at Signal Hill Park, Manassas Park, July 4th

Bring your blanket and chairs and relax while enjoying food trucks and gorgeous July 4th fireworks at Signal Hill Park. Shuttles from VRE start at 5:30 and the fireworks begin at 9:15. Free.

July 4th Ice Cream Drive-thru, McLean, July 4

In 2021, McLean will host a fun ice cream drive-through. Reserve your timed-entry ticket to enjoy music. free ice cream, and more. Registration required; in-district residents only. Free. 11:00 – 2:00.

July 4th in Middleburg, Middleburg, July 4

The July 4th celebration at the Middleburg Community Center includes activities, a parade, food, and fireworks. Enjoy live music, food, a Children’s Parade at 5:30, and fun all day. Fireworks kick off at 9:15. Free.

Independence Day at Franklin Park, Purcelville, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day at Franklin Park with live music under an outdoor tent, food from several food truck vendors, and fireworks. The event begins at 5:00 and the fireworks show begins about 9:15 pm. Free.

Ol’ Time 4th of July Celebration, Sterling, July 4

Head to Claude Moore Park for July 4th festivities include live music, food, carnival games, and more. $5; 10:30 – 3:00.

Great Meadows Independence Day Celebration, The Plains, July 4

The magic returns to Great Meadows with an Independence Day fireworks show you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. Gates open at 6:00 and food trucks will add to the fun. Follow the link for ticket information to be announced in June.

Vienna Fireworks Celebration, Vienna, July 4

The Town of Vienna festivities begin in the morning with sprinklers, slides, and other water fun, 11:00 – 2:00. Then enjoy music, food, and fireworks at Yeonas Park. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show, but no alcohol or pets. Free.

Ashburn Village Fireworks, Ashburn. July 5

The last of the Independence Day fireworks in Northern Virginia takes place on July 5th. Head to the lake for a fun fireworks show. Parking is limited so walk on over and arrive early. Free.

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Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, July 10

Celebrate America’s 245th birthday and Alexandria’s 272nd in beautiful and historic Alexandria. Details have not been announced yet but past events included live music, birthday cake, food trucks, and a dazzling fireworks display. Free; 8:45.

Canceled July 4th Events

The following annual events have not returned in 2021. We hope to see these fireworks shows back in 2022.

Red, White and Bram, Brambleton Town Center

Brambleton residents and their gets get a jump on the 4th with live music, games, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. Admission is $5 with a Bram Life Pass’ $10 without, 2 and under free. 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Stars and Stripes Concert, Car Show, and Parade, Haymarket

Get a jump on the 4th at Haymarket’s combination concert, car show, and parade. Live Music, food and ice cream, and summer games add to the fun. All children are encouraged to decorate bikes, wagons, scooters, unicycles, tricycles or any other non-motorized play vehicle in festive Fourth of July decor for the Children’s parade.  Free; 2:00 to 6:00.

Independence Day Celebration, Lovettsville

Start your patriotic celebrations a day early with a night of family-friendly fun. A parade kicks off at 5:30 followed by a pool party  and awesome fireworks to top off the evening. Free; 5:30 – 9:30

July 4th Celebration, Falls Church

The fun begins at 6:00 pm with food trucks and a kids recreation area. Live entertainment starts at 7:00, followed by fireworks at 9:20. Seating is available at Jack Gambill Athletic Fields or the Northern Virginia Graduate Center Parking Lot and food and drinks will be sold on site. Free.

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