Independence day celebrates the 4th of July in 1776, where the 13 colonies united and declared independence from Great Britain. That happened 241 years ago, and today we are still celebrating with parades and festivals. Many people travel to the area to celebrate at the Nation’s capital and there are so many events going on that you don’t want to miss! We are going to give you some great insight on what to do for this upcoming holiday, whether you are planning on spending the day in Northern Virginia or in Washington D.C.!
In Northern Virginia (NoVA), there are plenty of ways for you and your family to enjoy Independence day. In Fairfax County and Arlington County you have a variety of festivals and parades that you can attend for free!
The city of Fairfax will be celebrating it’s 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration! This all day event will be held in downtown Fairfax, kicking off with a parade and day full of activities such as tours of the Fairfax Museum, visitor center, and Ratcliffe-Allison House. There will also be evening shows by local bands and artists, followed by a fireworks display.
July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park will be held from 5-10 pm! Located in Arlington, this event is free with a beautiful view of Washington D.C. fireworks display. Make sure to bring chairs and blankets! At the Long Bridge Park, you can enjoy a day at the park playing games and sports. They will also be offering free shuttles from Pentagon City and Cystal City metro stations!
To find more events near your city for Independence day, we recommend checking out Dulles Moms and Fairfax Family Fun for places to go for parades, festivals, and activities that you can do with your family!
If you are in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area there are a lot of events you can particiapte in for Independence day!
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a free event held at the National Mall. This year will mark the 50th anniversary for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the theme is “Circus Arts”. This annual festival brings various cultures, people, artwork, food, and businesses together for a grand celebration. The festival begins June 29th to July 4th, as well as July 6th-9th. To see the current schedule make sure to go to check here.
If you are more interested in catching a classic game of baseball, you can watch the Nationals play against the New York Mets at the Nationals Park. Every year the Washington Nationals play on Independence day at 11:05am to accommodate the festivities going on throughout the day in Washington D.C. At the MLB league game you can expect to watch a good game, enjoy the beautiful weather, and maybe win some cool prizes! To see the schedule and look up the tickets, click here!
On July 4th, you can watch the annual National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets! The parade begins at 11:45 am and runs until 2 pm! The National Independence Day Parade is an incredible event that somehow tops the previous years! If you are going to the parade or into Washington D.C. for the holiday, we recommend taking the metro because driving your car will result in a lot of time spent looking for parking and a lot of money spent for parking garages.
At Two Men And A Truck we are so excited for the upcoming holiday! We hope that your family enjoys this beautiful day and weather.