Celebrating Independence Day in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia & DC!
Living in the DMV we’re blessed to live so close to Washington DC and be able to experience the the National Fourth of July celebration. It includes a parade, a concert, and fireworks is something you need to experience. But if you want to be “closer to home,” we also have many fun options for Fourth of July celebrations in the Northern Virginia area. From huge daylong festivals with parades and fireworks to smaller, quieter celebrations, there really is something for everyone! My list includes several events in Northern Virginia and the “can’t-miss” celebrations in DC in addition to the best places to see 4th of July fireworks in Los Angeles. As always, check directly with the official websites for other details such a rain dates and other policies.
For my friends in the Los Angeles area, I have included a list of the best places to see the fireworks.
NoVA Independence Day Activities
National Independence Day Parade: What a more perfect place than Constitution Avenue to celebrate Independence Day? This annual parade has giant balloons, bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, equestrian teams, drill teams, dignitaries, and celebrities. It starts at 11:45 am. (Also check out the Smithsonian Folk life Festival taking place around that time!).
4th of July Festivities at the National Archives: The National Archives in Washington, DC, will celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with a daylong festival. From 8 am until 4 pm, enjoy patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors, and family activities and entertainment for all ages. Free admission. Note: The Archives is on the route of the big parade (see item above), so expect crowds. Arrive early, as the first 1,000 guests at the reading ceremony will receive a special July 4th celebration T-shirt.
A Hometown Celebration
The city of Fairfax is celebrating Independence Day with a grand finale of fireworks, live music and kid-friendly activities on July 4, with the fireworks display kicking off at 9:30 p.m. - Fairfax High School: 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon salutes our first commander in chief with an annual display of daytime “fireworks!” The celebration also includes military reenactments, a special wreath-laying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” Admission prices are $18-20 adults, $11-12 kids 6-11, free to kids 5 and under.
Celebrate America in Manassas: As if you don’t have enough entertainment with the bike decorating contest and watermelon eating contest, bring your chairs to get the best seats of the night at the fireworks show, which will begin at 9:15 p.m. at Manassas Museum’s lawn. - Manassas Museum Lawn: 9101 Prince William St., Manassas
Fourth of July Fireworks
A celebration you won’t want to miss, the fireworks display at Signal Hill Park starts at dusk. Catch the shuttle bus from City Hall at 6 p.m. - 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park
Celebrate with the Potomac Nationals
Baseball, food, fireworks and fun … what more does a holiday celebration need? Fireworks will begin at the end of the game. - Potomac Nationals: 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge; Ticket prices vary
Best Places to See 4th of July Fireworks in LA
Rose Bowl - 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades – Palisades Charter High School
Marina del Rey
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Queen Mary - Long Beach
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Disneyland – Celebrate America! – A fourth of July Concert in the Sky
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