2019 4th of July Parades, Fireworks, Events For Northern Virginia
The 4th of July is considered by many the apex of summer, celebrated by Americans across the country with a wide variety of activities, picnics, backyard barbecues, trips to the beach or nearby lake, taking tours of patriotic sites, parades - big and small - and of course fireworks displays. With so many options it's sometimes hard to choose, and the Northern Virginia region offers more options than most, so we've put together a short list of a few options for you to consider whether you are looking for something new or just a new location. Below you will find options for activities in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax and Prince William County - as well as safety tips for grilling and fireworks - also what fireworks are legal and illegal and where there are differences between the various jurisdictions of our area.
There are a variety of local and even neighborhood parades. Here is a partial list of some of the largest and also some of the more family sized parades for the 2019 4th of July celebration.
Neighborhood 4th of July Parades
Fairlington Neighborhood Parade
An annual event attended by hundreds of local residents. Typically the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Fairlington Fire Station on S. Abingdon St. Find more information on the Website
Fairfax City Virginia — 53rd Independence Day Parade
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Downtown Fairfax (Rain or Shine)
The City of Fairfax's Independence Day Parade and Fireworks began in 1967. This parade has developed into the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It has all the requisite ingredients for the 4th of July: marching bands, floats, Shriners' little cars and big motorcycles, old fire engines & clowns. So bring the family and see the largest Independence Day Parade in Northern Virginia
Great Falls Parade
- Date: July 4, 2019
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Admission: Free
- Location: Great Falls Village Centre
- Address: Columbine Street and Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066
For more details visit the Great Falls VA Website
Mount Vernon in Fairfax Va
Makes a great local venue to celebrate Independence Day - after all it's the home of George Washington, the Father of our Country. He and his wife Martha are said to be on hand to help celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States of America.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
Where: George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
When: July 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Watch dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks shoot off over the Potomac River and listen to the roar of cannon fire while viewing special military re-enactments throughout the day.
Schedule of daytime events for Mount Vernon's Independence Day Celebration:
9:30 am Troop Inspection by General Washington
10:00 am Independence Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 am Naturalization Ceremony
12:00 pm Red, White, & Blue Concert
12:00 pm Rick Atkinson Book Signing
1:00 pm Daytime Fireworks
1:15 pm Happy birthday, America! Cake
1:30 pm Military and Music Demonstrations
2:30 pm Revolutionary War Military Drill
Admission is $20 for ages 12 and up and $12 for ages 6-11. Children under 6 years old are free
*ADVANCED Ticket Purchase Is Strongly Suggested*
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City of Alexandria 4th of July Celebration
The City of Alexandria holds its birthday celebration and Independence Day festivities after the Fourth of July. This year, the event falls on Saturday, July 13. This is a great way for fireworks fanatics to get a second dose of the pyrotechnic light displays. in this case, it's only 9 days after the 4th, so no need to wait a whole year for another big - bang - blowout.
Here's what's in store for the birthday celebration in Alexandria:
- What: USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
- Where: Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street Alexandria, VA
- When: July 13, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Alexandria celebrates its 270th birthday and America's 243rd birthday in one big celebration. Guests can enjoy a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, free patriotic birthday cake distribution - most commonly in the form of red, white and blue cupcakes, as well food vendors. The event culminates in a fireworks show over the Potomac River at 9:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
6 p.m. - Performance by DJ Steven Swann
7:30 p.m. - Town Crier announces Mayor Justin Wilson
8 p.m. - Distribution of birthday cupcakes by members of City Council
8:30 p.m. - Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
9:30 p.m. - Grand Finale fireworks display, featuring Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" with cannon support by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard")
In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks show only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 9:30 p.m.
Arlington County VA
Has many great vantage points where the National Fireworks Display can easily be viewed. Here are some of the top spots to take part in the 2019 4th of July celebration.
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial
Also commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is a national memorial located in Arlington County, Virginia. Dedicated in 1954, it is located in Arlington Ridge Park and affords fantastic views overlooking the Potomac River and D.C.'s Mall and memorials
Keep in mind some roads are often closed during the 4th of July. Make sure to plan your route accordingly.
The Air Force Memorial
Which opened in October of 2006 sits high above D.C. and offers another great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks in Arlington. Located at 1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204
Long Bridge Park
Is a modern style city park with athletic fields, walkways, picnic areas & views of nearby monuments. Located just north of Crystal City at 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Herndon in Fairfax VA
Join the Town of Herndon on Thursday, July 4, 2019, for a family-fun event featuring patriotic arts & craft activities, live music, family games, bingo, food vendors selling dinner and dessert items, and more. Events take place in Bready Park softball field, 814 Ferndale Ave.
Schedule of Events:
- 6:30 p.m. - Games, bingo and children's arts & crafts begin - all for free! Festival foods will be available for sale.
- 7:15 p.m. - The band Guys In Thin Ties will perform.
- 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks show is choreographed to music, and 9:30 is the approximate start time.
Prince William County
Professional Fireworks Displays (PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY)
Old Town Manassas
Manassas, VA 20110
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Signal Hill Park
9300 Signal View Drive
Manassas Park, VA 20111
Fireworks begin at Dusk
Fireworks - What's Legal and What's Not In Northern Virginia
Virginia state law allows residents to buy and use a variety of fountains, sparklers, Pharaoh's serpents, or pinwheels, but specific localities can ban them entirely. Some local Northern Virginia localities do permit the sale and use of these types of fireworks, which can be purchased and used in Fairfax Virginia, Arlington County
In Arlington County fountains or other fireworks that emit sparks or flames a distance of more than 12 feet are prohibited.
Use of fireworks is strictly prohibited in some Fairfax County locations: the towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna, except permissible fireworks on private property. Outdoor fireworks displays and indoor pyrotechnic displays are only permitted when approved by the County Fire Marshal when a Fire Prevention Code Permit is issued.
Prince William County
Fireworks sold at county-approved fireworks locations such as sparklers, fountains, Pharaoh's serpents, caps for pistols and pinwheels (commonly known as whirligigs), spinning jennies or other similar fireworks approved by the Fire Marshal are permissible. Any such fireworks which explode, emit flames or sparks to a distance of greater than 12 feet, rise into the air, or travel laterally or perform as a projectile or fires projectiles other than sparks are prohibited. Possession or use of unlawful fireworks is punishable by a fine up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail.
Fireworks that are prohibited by state law everywhere in Virginia include: Firecrackers, or other exploding types of fireworks, skyrockets, torpedoes, fireworks that travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air.
In the City of Alexandria it is illegal to store, sell, or explode any fireworks—including sparklers within Alexandria's city limit. This is also true for the City of Falls Church, Va.
FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS
Please adhere to the following safety tips: Provided by Fairfax County
- When displaying legally purchased, approved fireworks, place them on a flat surface, clear of any combustible material and clear of all buildings.
- Keep all bystanders at least 25 feet away from fireworks.
- Read the directions.
- Do not permit young children to handle or light fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never throw fireworks.
- Sparklers can be very dangerous, and account for the majority of injuries. Pieces can break off and burn bystanders.
- Young children should not use sparklers, as these can attain a temperature as high as 1800 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- See below special tips for pets
Grilling and Barbecue Safety
- Never leave a grill that is in use unattended.
- Make sure everyone, including pets, stays clear of the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open and away from structures and trees.
- Use proper grilling tools that are made specifically for cooking on the grill.
- Always follow the grill’s instructions.
- If coals have already been ignited, never add charcoal starter fluid.
Violations of the fireworks law are punishable by fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in prison.
If in doubt as to the rules in your area check with the local fire or police department in the area you intend to use fireworks. Remember - always safety first.
Special Precautions for Dogs, Cats and other Pets with Fireworks
Many dogs, cats and other animals are very sensitive to loud noises such as fireworks and can easily be traumatized
More dogs & cats go missing over the 4th of July than at any other time of year. The reason? They can be terrified by the loud noises. This can happen when you least expect it! To help:
Make sure your dog has identification. Even indoor pets can panic and use drastic measures to escape when frightened. Micro-chipping your dog is a good protective step. Don’t leave your dog unattended at home. If you’re headed out to enjoy the holiday without them, find a sitter.
Consider a pressure wrap vest for your dogs and/or cats. These are available from a wide variety of manufacturers and are shown to have a calming effect on both canines and felines. This can help ease your pets' stress with loud noises such as fireworks, thunder etc.
Secure your pet(s) in rooms furthest from outside noises - an interior room of the house or basement are usually good choices.
Have background music playing to muffle outside noises, or if you have a white noise or nature noise background sound generator these are also effective.
"4th July Events, Safety & More For Northern Virginia"
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