Independence Day! Events to check out in NoVa!
It’s hard to believe it, but Independence Day is this weekend! Wasn’t it just spring? Where has the time gone?! If you’re like us, you’re probably itching to get out and do something fun (FINALLY!). Check out some happenings going on this week and weekend to celebrate our freedom – and America’s birthday! Click on the events below to learn more!
The area’s biggest pre-Independence Day fireworks show is launched from Workhouse Arts Center’s 55-acre campus in Lorton. 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton; $40-$110
If you want to make a day out of your fireworks excursion, there are few places better than Lake Fairfax Park. Food trucks will be on site throughout the day, and the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets usually sell out by noon, so advance purchase is recommended). 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston; free, $10 for parking
Come tailgate with your neighbors at this free event, starting at 6 p.m. Live music, games, contests, and food trucks will keep the whole family busy until the big show starts. 925 Springvale Rd., Great Falls; free
Take a water taxi from City Cruises to see fireworks explode all over Washington, DC. The two-hour rides board at 8 p.m. and cost $125 and up per person. 0 Cameron St., Alexandria; $125
Festivities before the fireworks include the Heritage 5 Miler, Children’s Roll ‘N’ Stroll, Fourth of July at Ferry Farm, and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. It’s all capped off with a slam-bang show in the sky that night at the FredNats Stadium and at Pratt Park. Fredericksburg
For the 32nd year, Great Meadow hosts one of Northern Virginia’s best fireworks shows from its internationally acclaimed steeplechase course. You’ll see the entire course and property light up in magnificent patriotic colors; the big show begins at dark, lasts 25 minutes, and is accompanied by a musical score. 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains; $40 per car (up to five people)
The party gets underway in Leesburg at 10 a.m. with the annual Independence Day parade, and ends that evening in Ida Lee Park with music, food, fun, and, of course, fireworks. Downtown Leesburg (King Street from Ida Lee Drive to Fairfax Drive); free
This “hometown fireworks show” at Yeonas Park features live music from Big Bad JuJu. 1319 Ross Dr., Vienna; free
Whatever you decide to you, please be careful. Every year, there are several injuries due to people setting off their own fireworks. In addition, please keep in mind that not everyone enjoys fireworks – please be respectful of your neighbors.
Have fun! And Happy Birthday, America!