July 4th fireworks in Northern Virginia bring fantastic celebrations, patriotic parades, and family fun to local towns and parks. July 4th 2019 falls on a Thursday, so many people will enjoy a long weekend of patriotic celebrations.
However, several major 4th of July celebrations in the DC area arrive at the end of June—our list ensures you don’t miss the fun. Traditionalists stick to the official date, which adds a nice little kickoff to a long weekend. Northern Virginia even has one fireworks display a weekend later, so you can really extend your celebrations.
Independence Fireworks, Mount Vernon, June 28 – 29
Start your Independence Day celebration early with two nights of fireworks choreographed to patriotic music. Mount Vernon’s celebration is filled with fireworks, mansion tours, musical performances, and games on George Washington’s beloved estate. Tickets are $30/20 adult/youth; add $6 to include a mansion tour. Rain or shine; 6:00 – 9:45 pm.
Not on the 4th Fireworks, Tim’s Rivershore, Dumfries, June 28 – 30
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.
Red, White and Bram, Brambleton Town Center, June 29
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
Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, June 29
The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton hosts a family-friendly celebration featuring art exhibits, food trucks, local craft beer and wine, and live music. The spectacular pre July 4th fireworks show is one of the largest in the region. Live music begins at 7:00 pm and fireworks start at dusk, typically 9:00. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking is available for $25 per car in advance; $30 day of show if space available. Rain or shine; 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Lake Fairfax Fourth of July Celebration, Reston, June 29
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 live music from 3:30 – 9:00 plus food vendors on site. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole water park opens at 10:00 and will fill up quickly. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The park is open dawn to 9:45; fireworks begin at 9:15.
Stars and Stripes Concert, Car Show, and Parade, Haymarket, June 30
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, July 3
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
Independence Day at Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont, July 4
Watch the fireworks at several Loudoun County locations from the patio at Dirt Farm Brewing while sipping craft beer. Several tasty menu items will be offered from 1:00 – 8:00. Dirt Farm will be open noon to 9:30, entry gate closes at 7:00. Free.
Start your visit with a hike to Bears Den Overlook.
4th of July Parade and Family Fun Day, Dale City, July 4
The annual Dale City 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 and will travel down Dale Boulevard. After the parade, stick around for a “Family Fun Day” in the commuter lot featuring live entertainment, games, and food and craft vendors. Free, 10:00 -2:00.
53rd Annual Independence Day Celebration, Fairfax, July 4
The fun begins 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. From 5:30 – 10:30 the action moves to Fairfax High School for live entertainment and fireworks. Free. Rain date July 5 for fireworks only.
July 4th Celebration, Falls Church, July 4
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.
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 awards for “Young George Washington,” Little Miss Betsy Ross,” and “The Star Spangled Family.” At 10:00, the main parade kicks off featuring floats, horses, antique cars and pets; followed by games, music, and fun. 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 4
Beginning at 6:30 pm, join the Town of Herndon for a family-friendly event featuring games, patriotic arts & craft activities, live music, bingo, food, balloon artists and more. Events take place in Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center. The fireworks show is choreographed to music and 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. Rain date July 5, fireworks only. 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. 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 4
Bring your blanket and chairs and relax while enjoying food trucks and gorgeous July 4th fireworks at Signal Hill Park. The event is from 6:00 to 10:00; fireworks display 9:30. Free.
4th of July Fireworks, McLean, July 4
This year’s McLean fireworks fun will be held at Langley High School. Music, games, and festival food with fireworks at dusk. Gates open at 6:30; Free.
July 4th in Middleburg, Middleburg, July 4
The July 4th celebration at the Middleburg Community Center includes activities, a parade, food, and fireworks. The pool is open 11:00 – 8:00; Children’s Parade at 5:30, live music 7:00 – 9:00, and fireworks at dusk. Free.
Mount Vernon, An American Celebration, Mount Vernon, July 4
George Washington’s Mount Vernon salutes our first commander-in-chief with made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River, special military re-enactments throughout the day, a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington,” and a performance by the National Concert Band. Follow the link for tickets. 8:00 – 5:00.
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. Parking opens at 2:00 pm with music beginning at 5:00 and the fireworks show beginning about 9:15 pm. Admission is $10 per carload. 5:00 – 10:00.
4th of July Celebration, Sterling, July 4
Sterling’s July 4th festivities include live music, free food, crafts and games, moon bounces, eating competitions, obstacle courses, and ample spots to sit and watch the fireworks. Free; 6:00 – 9:30
Vienna Fireworks Celebration, Vienna, July 4
The Town of Vienna festivities kick off at Yeonas Park with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show, but no alcohol or pets. Free.
Fireworks in Dumfries, July 6
Enjoy hot dogs, music, food trucks, and of course fireworks at Cecil W Garrison Park. Free, 7:30 – 10:30.
Lansdowne July 4th Weekend Celebration, Leesburg, July 4 – 7
In 2019, Landsdowne Resort and Spa is hosting a weekend-long July 4th celebration for guests and members only. Fireworks shows on July 4th and 6th, plus special family-friendly activities add to the fun. Follow the link to make reservations and read our complete guide to a Leesburg Getaway in Northern Virginia Wine Country.
Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, July 13
Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday and Alexandria’s 270th along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra plus cannon firing, birthday cake, food trucks and a dazzling fireworks display. Free; 7:00 – 10:00.
More Summer Fun for July 4th 2019
Check out our round-up of outdoor summer fun including concerts and movies, swimming and boating, hiking trails, outdoor dining, and area getaways perfect for a summer escape. Whether you want to skip the fireworks altogether, or just start your celebration early we’ve got ideas for you.
Wherever you go for July 4th fireworks and celebrations, we wish you clear skies and happy times!
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This article was published in 2018 and updated in 2019.