Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Greater Washington

by McEnearney on June 21, 2018

There’s a wide variety of events to celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s Capital! From fireworks to parades and picnics, there is sure to be an activity for everyone! Many of these events are $20 or less, which is great for those on a budget. Here is a list of local events:


Lansdowne Celebrates America

Lansdowne, VA | July 1, 6:00 p.m.

Kick off Independence Day weekend at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. The celebration starts at 3:00 pm with a live radio broadcast, food and drink from local food trucks, Virginia wineries and breweries, DJ music, and games for kids and adults, live music, and fireworks.



DC Fireworks Display

National Mall | July 4, 9:09 p.m. – 9:27 p.m.

DC Fireworks Display

Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from the area of the Reflecting Pool and will be visible from many locations throughout DC and Northern Virginia. The fireworks will be canceled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds.



Workhouse Arts Center Fireworks in Lorton

Lorton, VA | June 30, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Workhouse Fireworks 2018

The 30-minute fireworks show will follow a performance by the US Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble. Visitors can enjoy local food trucks, craft beer, fine wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

Guests may bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers, outside food and beverages, and pets are not allowed. Service animals are welcome.

Admission to Workhouse Fireworks is free, while parking is $20 per car (cash only) at the Workhouse campus (enter via eastbound Workhouse Road).



Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Alexandria, VA | July 7, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Alexandria celebrates America’s 242nd birthday and Alexandria’s 269th in one big event. Visitors can enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, patriotic birthday cake, food vendors, and a dazzling fireworks display over the Potomac River.



Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, VA | June 29-30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon
A fitting destination for Independence Day festivities is the first President’s mansion. Watch fireworks choreographed to patriotic music. Cost with a mansion tour is $35 for adults, $25 for youth; without the mansion, tour is $30 for adults and $20 for youth.



An American Celebration at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, VA | July 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Visitors will flock to Mount Vernon to see daytime fireworks over the Potomac River, cannon fire, and military re-enactments. The cost is included in admission to the estate.



Vienna Fireworks

Yeonas Park – Vienna, VA | July 4, 7:15 p.m.

Vienna Fireworks
Enjoy Vienna’s annual fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. Beforehand, Mars Rodeo will provide musical entertainment, and the Vienna Little League concession stand will sell food and drinks. Attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets for the shows.



National Independence Day Parade

Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW | July 4, 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

National Independence Day Parade
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday.



A Capitol Fourth

Washington, DC | July 4, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, join Jimmy Buffett and the Broadway cast of Escape to Margaritaville, pop superstars the Temptations and the Beach Boys, country music star Luke Combs, host John Stamos, and many more as they honor our country’s 242nd birthday. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m.



Annapolis 4th of July Celebration

Annapolis, MD | July 4, 6:30 p.m.

Annapolis 4th of July Celebration

Parade – Come join this patriotic salute to our nation, with marching bands, fire engines old and new, cars and vans, service clubs and scouts! Then at 9:15 p.m. Annapolis launches its fireworks from a barge in Annapolis Harbor.


Photo/Video credits (in order of appearance): Lansdowne Celebrates America courtesy of Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Workhouse Arts Center Fireworks in Lorton courtesy of Workhorse Arts Center, Alexandria Birthday Celebration courtesy Visit Alexandria, Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon courtesy of Mount Vernon (Photo by Cindy Vasko), An American Celebration at Mount Vernon courtesy of Mount Vernon, Vienna Firework courtesy of Patch, A Capitol Fourth courtesy of PBS, Annapolis 4th of July Celebration courtesy of Visit Annapolis

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