Do you have your plan ready for fireworks on the 4th of July? In every corner of the D.C. area, there’s a firework display, concert and/or parade taking place over the upcoming holiday weekend. Although the firework display on the National Mall is spectacular, not everyone wants to deal with the massive crowd that it draws every year. Therefore, it only made sense that we compile a list of our favorite local events in/around the area that will be much easier to navigate with your friends and family.
- Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise: Potomac Riverboat Company, 1 Cameron Street. Concessions will be sold on the boat – beer, wine, soda, iced tea, lemonade, water, and popcorn. July 4, 8-10 pm.
- Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Virginia. Celebrate Alexandria’s Birthday & the USA’s on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the United States Air Force Band and the sights of fireworks behind the backdrop of the Air Force Memorial (1 Air Force Memorial Drive). July 4 – Concert 8 p.m.
- Fairfax City, Independence Day Parade through the downtown area beginning at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. (703) 385-7858.
MOUNT VERNON, VA
- George Washington’s Estate and Gardens celebrates Independence Day with daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired during the finale of the National Concert Band of America’s performance. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens (also new this year), military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from “General and Mrs. Washington.” $15 adults; $7 for kids ages 6-11; free for kids younger than 6: activities 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you are looking to go outside of the immediate area, check out this map of fireworks locations in DC, MD and VA compiled by NBC Washington. Click on the map below for detailed information.