FOURTH OF JULY 2016: Where to watch July 4th fireworks in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

One of the highlights of D.C.’s Independence Day celebrations is watching the fireworks. The colorful hues, the exploding sounds, the oh’s and ah’s-- it’s truly a spectacular sight to witness

If you’re planning on celebrating the Fourth of July around D.C., Maryland, or Virginia here are a few events happening nearby. After all, strategy is key to finding the perfect spot for the perfect view.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

National Mall Independence Day Celebration
One thing is for sure, the District is never short of patriotic festivities. If you’re looking to celebrate in the city, check out this list of activities to fill your day with.

Independence Day Parade: 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Complete with military units, giant balloons, drill teams and more!

Sylvan Theater Stage Concert: 6:00 p.m. – 9:09 p.m.
The United States Army Band’s popular ensemble Downrange will perform a wide variety of music. (West Lawn of U.S. Capitol)

Capitol Fourth Concert: 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
2016’s Capitol Fourth Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn will feature the following artist: Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley, Cassadee Pope, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster, and many more!

Fireworks Show: 9:09 p.m. (17 minutes long)
The fireworks will be launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

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BEST PLACES TO VIEW THE NATIONAL MALL FIREWORKS

- U.S. Capitol (click here for more information)

- Lincoln Memorial (click here for more information)

- Jefferson Memorial (click here for more information)

- FDR Memorial (click here for more information)

- East Potomac Park

- Rooftop Bars in Washington DC

- Anywhere along the National Mall between 14th St. and the Capitol

Planning on celebrating the Fourth of July in Virginia or Maryland? This list may help you find an event nearby.

VIRGINIA
 

MOUNT VERNON
An American Celebration

Saluting our first commander-in-chief with an American Celebration! Mount Vernon’s festivities include daytime fireworks, the annual wreath-laying ceremony, birthday cake, and more.

Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon
When: July 4th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youth, and children under 5 are FREE
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FAIRFAX
Fairfax Independence Day Celebration
The City of Fairfax is kicking off their 50th Annual Independence Celebration with a parade at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m.; with performances by the City of Fairfax Band, The Hackens Boys, and Party Like It’s. Fireworks light the sky at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run
When: July 4th, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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FALLS CHURCH
Live musical performances begin at 7 p.m. and fireworks go off at 9:20 p.m.; in case of rain, the event is moved to Tuesday, July 5 at the same time and place.

Where: George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike
When: July 4th, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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MANASSAS
Come hungry because the fun begins at 3:00 p.m. with activities like an apple pie baking contest and watermelon eating contest. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. -- enough time for you to hop on some carnival rides.

Where: Old Town Manassas Train Depot & the Manassas Museum Lawn, 9431 West St
When: July 4th, 3 p.m. – 10p.m.
Cost: FREE
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MCLEAN
The McLean Community Center will celebrate their annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Churchill Road Elementary. A live DJ will be onsite and snacks will be available for purchase.

Where: Churchill Road Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Road McLean
When: July 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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MARYLAND

CATONSVILLE

Clear your schedule because Catonsville’s agenda offers 14 hours of fun.  The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Catonsville High School
When: July 4th, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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UPDATE: COLLEGE PARK POSTPONED

Where: University of Maryland, Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road
When: July 5th instead of July 4th, 5 p.m. – dusk
Cost: FREE
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TAKOMA PARK
At 10 a.m., at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, traveling South on Carroll Avenue, a parade sweeps the streets. The evening events start at 7:30 p.m. with a welcome from the mayor—fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Takoma Park Middle School
When: July 4th, parade begins 10:00 a.m., evening activities 7:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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UPDATE: FREDERICK - POSTPONED
A day full of entertainment, beginning at noon, with live music leading up to the fireworks at dusk.

Where: Fleming Avenue Swimming Pool Area, Frederick High School Lawn, and Carillon Area of Baker Park
When: JULY 24 INSTEAD OF  July 4th, noon to dusk

Cost: FREE

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UPDATE: GAITHERSBURG POSTPONED
Day time activities leading up to the 9:25 p.m. fireworks-- it doesn’t end there. Save some glow sticks because the party continues at 10 p.m. with a glow-in-the dark theme.

Where: Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue
When: JULY 8TH INSTEAD OF July 4th, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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GERMANTOWN
Festivities kick off at 7: 00 p.m., with live entertainment, and the fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Germantown Soccerplex, 18041 Central Park Circle
When: July 4th, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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LAUREL
A patriotic parade begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by all day activities leading up to the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Granville Gude Park and Laurel Lake
When: July 2nd, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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KENSINGTON/WHEATON
Entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. is when the fireworks begin. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., a FREE shuttle bus will pick up people at Westfield Wheaton and the Wheaton Metro Station.

Where: Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Rd
When: July 4th, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: FREE
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ROCKVILLE
Live music performances by three bands prior to the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive
When: July 4th, 7: 00 p.m. to dusk
Cost: FREE
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BOWIE
Catch the Bowie Baysox (Class AA Minor League Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) take on Trenton at 6:35 p.m. on July 4th! Enjoy an All-American celebration with great Minor League Baseball and a post-game Fireworks Spectacular!

Where: Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie, MD
When: July 4th, 6:35 p.m.
Cost: Tickets for game start at $7
Parking: Free
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