July 4th fireworks in Northern Virginia bring fantastic celebrations, patriotic parades, and family fun back to local towns and parks. Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday in 2018, many celebrations take place at the end of June. But traditionalists stick to the official date, which adds a little July 4th celebration fun to hump day. Northern Virginia even has one fireworks display a weekend later, so you can really extend your celebrations.
Independence Fireworks, Mount Vernon, June 29 – 30
Start your Independence Day celebration 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 $5 to include a mansion tour. 6:00 – 9:45 pm.
Red, White and Bram, Brambleton Town Center, June 30
Get a jump on the 4th and enjoy live music, dunk tanks, backyard games, sand sculptures, food trucks, beer/wine, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The event kicks off with a tailgate party; reserve a spot or choose one when you arrive. Admission is $5, 2 and under free. 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Workhouse Arts Center Fourth of July Fireworks, Lorton, June 30
The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton hosts a family-friendly celebration featuring art exhibits, food trucks, local craft beer and wine, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show. 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 $20 per car. 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Lake Fairfax Fourth of July Celebration, Reston, June 30
Head to the park for picnicking (gates open at 7:00), live music (4:15 – 9:15), plus food vendors and a puppet show at 1:30. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole water park opens at 10:00 am. Admission to Lake Fairfax Park is free. Fireworks over the lake begin at 9:30.
Lansdowne Celebrates America, Leesburg, July 1
Landsdowne Resort and Spa celebrates America with a festive night and patriotic fireworks. Try the best of Loudoun County’s craft beer scene or enjoy a glass of wine while playing games with 3,000 of your closest friends. When you’re not scoring in cornhole, you’ll be dancing to the sounds of the best 80’s, 90’s and top 40 all evening. At the end of the night, take a moment to reflect on our country’s freedom and admire the most spectacular patriotic fireworks show. Admission is $25/$ for adults/youth 4-12. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event opens at 6:00.
Independence Day Celebration, Lovettsville, July 3
Start the celebration early with a parade kicking off this popular, hometown event. Fun, family activities take place at the community center, and awesome fireworks 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 – 7:00. Dirt Farm will be open noon to 9:30, entry gate closes at 8:00. Free,
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.
52nd 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. In the evening, 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 dark (approximately 9:30).
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; rain date for fireworks, but no other activities, is July 5th at 9:30.
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 the kids and a bicycle decorating contest. At 4:00, enjoy food concessions and novelty vendors, apple pie and watermelon eating contests, 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 the gorgeous fireworks at Signal Hill Park. The fireworks display starts at 9:30. Free.
4th of July Fireworks, McLean, July 4
This year’s McLean fireworks fun will be held at Churchill Road Elementary School. Music, games, and festival food begin at 6:30 with fireworks at dusk. Rain date: July 5th. Free; 6:00 – 10:00.
July 4th in Middleburg, Middleburg, July 4
The July 4th celebration at the Middleburg Community Center includes activities, a parade, food, and fireworks. Enjoy the pool from 11:00 – 7:00. a Children’s Parade at 6:00, a concert at 9:00, and fireworks at dusk. An Arts & Crafts Market will be held from 8:00 – 2:00. 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.
Ol’ Time 4th of July Celebration, Claude Moore Park, Sterling, July 4
Celebrate an old-fashioned 4th of July with pony and wagon rides, music, crafts, nature exhibits, historic tours, old-time and family games, and a demonstration by “Reptiles Alive.” Food is available for purchase. You can register in advance or pay at the park. $5; 10:30 – 3:00
Vienna July 4th Fireworks Celebration, Vienna, July 4
The Town of Vienna has two celebrations to enjoy, one for the kids and one for the whole family. Sprinklers and Sparklers, at 2:00 at the Vienna Community Center grounds, is a makeshift waterpark featuring water slides, slip ‘n slides, snow cones, balloon twisting, and more “get wet” fun. At 7:15, the main festivities kick off at Yeonas Park. Enjoy live music by Mars Rodeo, a Vienna Little League concession stand, and fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show, but no alcohol or pets. Free.
Alexandria and USA Birthday Celebration, Alexandria, July 7
Celebrate America’s 242nd birthday and Alexandria’s 269th 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; 6:00 – 10:00.
More Summer Fun for July 4th 2018
Check out our round-up of outdoor summer fun including concerts and movies, swimming and boating options, 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 spend the July 4th fireworks and celebrations, we wish you clear skies and happy times!
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