DC Area 4th of July Events Guide

The DC, Maryland and Virginia area will celebrate July 4 in a not insignificant way two years after COVID.

DC-area Independence Day is almost here, and there’s no shortage of events to celebrate the country’s 246th birthday.


4th of July fireworks on the National Mall

(Courtesy of the National Park Service)

The fireworks will begin at 9:09 p.m. on July 4 and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Beware of travel in the district on Monday as road closures will abound. The National Park Service has compiled a list of all planned closures and a map of the National Mall’s demarcated areas for the fireworks display.

Capitol Hill Community Parade

Now in its 20th year, the Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade will take place at Barracks Row. The parade begins at 10 a.m., heads north on 8th Street SE, and ends at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

A fourth of the Capitol

The 42nd annual “A Capitol Fourth” concert will take place in person after two virtual years. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will air on PBS, and four-time Grammy-nominated country artist Mickey Guyton will host the show. Here’s everything you need to know about the concert.

Anyone interested in attending the concert on the west front of the United States Capitol in person can arrive as early as 3 p.m. when the doors open, Capitol Police said in a statement.


Howard County 4th of July Fireworks Show

Lake Kittamaqundi is the place to be on July 4th. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and a 20-minute fireworks display will begin around 9:20 p.m.

Two blues and folk musicians, Bobby Thompson and Vanessa Collier, will perform live on the Lakefront Stage at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.

Food trucks will be present and free parking is available at the nearby Columbia Mall.

Rockville Independence Day Celebrations

The annual celebrations will continue at Mattie JT Stepanek Park at King Farm on July 4. Vertigo Red will give a musical performance and a 20-minute fireworks display will go off during the event, which is expected to start around 9:15 a.m.

Food and beverages will be available at Mr. Softee, Armand’s Pizzeria and Grille, as well as Holy Crepes.

The city recommends bringing lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

Ocean City Independence Day Celebrations

On July 3 and 5, Ocean City will host many events.

Head to Northside Park on Sunday July 3 for a concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m., “American Idol” star and Salisbury native Jay Copeland will perform at Northside Park.


The Maryland Capital’s 4th of July Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. with marching bands, fire engines and classic cars. The fireworks, which are launched from a barge in Annapolis Harbor, begin at 8 p.m.


Celebrate Independence Day at Baker Park in Frederick, with two stages of entertainment plus rides, activities, food and fireworks for the whole family from noon until dusk. Then the fireworks start at dusk. Here are places to see them.


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The country’s first president will be out, at least in costume, at his residence in Fairfax County, Virginia.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4, Mount Vernon will host several events: a meet and greet with George Washington, a “made for the day” fireworks display, a ceremony for new American citizens, and a National Orchestra Concert. .

56th Annual City of Fairfax Independence Day Celebrations

Fairfax City is planning a daytime parade for July 4 and a night of performances, including fireworks, on July 5.

The parade is due to start at 10 a.m. at 4100 Chain Bridge Road. The parade will begin around Old Town Fairfax and march along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street. This year’s parade features nine high school marching bands, large inflatable parade balloons, floats and clowns.

City of Leesburg

The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Leesburg, and the concert and fireworks begin at 6 p.m. in Ida Lee Park.

Fireworks before July 4

Several towns and villages in the region hold their own fireworks display on the weekends, ahead of the actual holiday on Monday. Here are a few.

The city of Vienna, Virginia celebrates Friday, July 1 at Yeonas Park. There will be activities before the fireworks around 9:30 p.m.

The town of Bladensburg, MD kicks off its summer with Bladensburg Fireworks Friday, July 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Bladensburg Waterfront.

Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Va., will host a fireworks display on Saturday, July 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Fireworks will light up the sky above the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. on Saturday, July 2. Tickets: $20 to $120.

The celebration in the town of Laurel, Maryland on Saturday, July 2, begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends with a fireworks display from the lake around 9:15 p.m.

Abigail Constantino of WTOP contributed to this report.

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