July 4th Fireworks Celebrations and Parades in Northern Virginia

Updated on March 22, 2024 by Julie McCool

2023 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 again this year.

July 4th fireworks kick off in late June with several more events during the July 4th weekend. July 4 2023 is on a Tuesday, and there are many events on the prior weekend. Since fireworks shows and parades are spread across several days, you can enjoy more than one event.

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Some July 4th fireworks events charge an entry fee and 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.

Some annual events have not announced details for fireworks shows in 2023. We'll update listings as more info becomes available.

Bram, What a Blast!, Brambleton Town Center, June 24

Brambleton residents and their friends 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/$10 for residents/non-residents, 3 and under free. 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Independence Day Fireworks, Mount Vernon, June 30 – July 1

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 – 9:30 nightly; $47/$52 includes mansion tour (other ticket options available).

Star Spangled 4th, South Riding, June 30

Decorate your car or bike and join in a patriotic parade at 5:00, then enjoy live music, food truck specials, and drinks at 6:30. It all leads up to the big fireworks show at 9:15. Free.

4th of July Celebration, Sterling, June 30

Head to Sterling Middle School for a Star Spangled Sterling celebration. Free, 5:30 – 9:30.

Lake Fairfax Fourth of July Celebration, Reston, July 1

Head to Lake Fairfax Park for a day of picnicking, swimming, hiking, and other fun around the lake. Ticketed entry begins at noon and there will be food trucks available all day. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole waterpark will be open from 11:00 – 6:00. Admission is free; parking is $15/$20 per vehicle advance/day of event. Fireworks begin shortly after 9:00.

There's a new option for viewing the 2023 Lake Fairfax fireworks. The NOVA Wild Zoo will offer parking after 5:00 for $25 which should have a good view of the display. They're also offering an evening safari for $10.

Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, July 1

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 entertainment. Entrance is free but parking is $40 per vehicle. This event usually sells out so get your tickets early. 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

4th of July at Signal Hill Park, Manassas Park, July 1

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.

Vienna Fireworks Celebration, Vienna, July 2

Once again, the Town of Vienna festivities are rescheduled in 2023 due to pyrotechnic staffing shortages. But the celebration is on! Head to Yeonas Park at 4:00 for live music, children's entertainment, games, and family fun followed by a fireworks show at 9:30. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show, but no alcohol or pets. Free, 4:00 – 10:00.

Lansdowne Resort Celebrates America, Leesburg, Jul 2

Landsdowne Resort and Spa hosts a special July 4th celebration for guests and members only. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a great fireworks show. Follow the link to make reservations and read our guide to a Leesburg Getaway in Northern Virginia Wine Country.

Annual Independence Day Parade and Fireworks, Fairfax, July 2 + 4

The fun begins on July 2nd with live entertainment beginning at 6:30 followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Due to construction, the evening show moves to the Fairfax High School front parking lot and parking will be very limited. Take the shuttle! Free, 6:30 – 10:30.

On July 4th, enjoy a fun parade through downtown Fairfax featuring bands, entertainers, and civic groups. Our kids loved seeing the ever-popular Fairfax Library Precision Book Cart Drill Team. Free, 10:00.

Great Meadows Independence Day Celebration, The Plains, July 2

The magic returns to Great Meadows with an Independence Day fireworks show. This special celebration also includes family games, an air show, food trucks, beer, contests, a polo exhibition, and more. 2023 ticket prices are $50 in advance, $60 at the gate per car with up to 5 passengers. Check the link for details and ticket information.

July 4th Celebration, Falls Church, July 2

2023 Fireworks return to Meridian High School in Falls Church! Gates open at 6:00 pm with live music at 7:00 and fireworks at 9:20. Free.

Independence Day Celebration, Lovettsville, July 3

Start your patriotic celebrations with a night of family-friendly fun. A parade kicks off at 5:30 followed by a pool party ($5), carnival games, music, food, and awesome fireworks to top off the evening. Free; 5:30 – 9:30

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. 9:00 – 5:00.

Plan your visit with our guide to fun things to do in 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 and the gate closes at 5:00. $15 – $28; 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 9:00 am when 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. Live entertainment, games, food, and fun are back in 2023. Activities begin at 6:30 and the fireworks start at approximately 9:30. Free

Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration, Leesburg, July 4

Start the day with the hometown parade through historic Leesburg at 10:00, then join an evening celebration at Ida Lee Park. After the parade, visit Dodona Manor for a reenactment of President Truman's historic visit. Free ice cream will be served.

Beginning at 6:00 pm, enjoy live entertainment and 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 rides for kids, food concessions, and other family fun followed by fireworks at 9:15. Free; 3:00 – 10:00.

July 4th Fireworks, McLean, July 4

In 2022, McLean will host a fun evening and free fireworks show at Langley High School. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and the big fireworks show. Free. 6:30 – 10:30.

Independence Day at Franklin Park, Purcelville, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day at Franklin Park in Purcellville with kid's activities, music, and food followed by a great fireworks display. Free; 5:00 – 10:00.

Ashburn Village Fireworks, Ashburn, July 5

One of the last Independence Day fireworks in Northern Virginia takes place at the lake in Ashburn Village. Parking is limited so walk on over and arrive early. Free.

Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, July 8

Celebrate America’s 246th birthday and Alexandria’s 274th in beautiful and historic Alexandria. Enjoy a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 plus cupcakes, vendors, and more. Free, 6:00 – 9:45.

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More Summer Fun for July 4th Weekend 2023

Check out our round-up of outdoor activities for summer including outdoor movies, free concerts, boating, hiking trails, outdoor dining, and area getaways perfect for a summer escape.

You'll find even more fun things to do in our complete guide to Northern Virginia Events and Seasonal Activities.

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July 4th Fireworks in Northern VA