4th of July Weekend Happenings
Posted on June 29, 2016

Enjoy family friendly activities and fabulous fireworks this Fourth of July weekend all over the DMV!


Washington, DC Events:

National Archives July 4th Celebration
National Archives Museum
700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC
Time: Monday, 10am-5:30pm
Cost: FREE

Join the National Archives Museum in celebration of one of the most important documents in American history!  This family-friendly program will include live music, hands on activities and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors.

National Independence Day Parade
Constitution Ave.
Between 7th and 17th St. NW, DC
Time: Saturday, 11:45am
Cost: FREE

Celebrate America’s birthday in the heart of Washington, D.C.  Spectators can expect live music, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrians, drill teams, national dignitaries, celebrity participants and much more!

A Capital Fourth
U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn
E Capitol St. and First St. NW, DC
: Monday, gates open at 3pm, show starts at 8pm
Cost: FREE

This nationally televised July 4th extravaganza and fireworks display hosted by Tom Bergeron will feature performances from superstars such as Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw and more.  The CBS broadcast and show will start at 8:00pm.

Maryland Events:

31st Annual MSO Salute to Independence
Antietam National Battlefield
302 E Main St., Sharpsburg
Time: Saturday, 7:30-10:30pm
Cost: FREE

Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for what has been said to be Maryland’s most patriotic event! Enjoy a beautiful evening listening to music inspired by our great country and the men and women who fought for it, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

Middle River Fireworks Extravaganza
Eastern Yacht Club
2330 Seneca Rd., Essex
Time: Saturday, 9:30pm
Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Take in the beautiful views of Middle River and enjoy this amazing fireworks display! Any donations will go back to the veterans who served our country through the Maryland based veterans’ charity, Project No Person Left Behind.

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Oregon Ridge Park
13401 Beaver Dam Rd., Cockeysville
Time: Sunday-Monday, gates open at 5pm, show starts at 8pm
Cost: $18, $9 for children (online); $20, $10 for children (at the gate)

Hear the sounds of the BSO as they perform patriotic favorites! Highlights of the event include listening to the winner of “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest and ending the evening with a fabulous fireworks display. Arrive early for food trucks, games and more!

Virginia Events:

Independence Fireworks
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mt. Vernon
Time: Saturday, 6-9:45pm
Cost: $20-30

Get a head start on your Independence Day festivities with an evening of live music, activities, and nighttime fireworks on the beautiful grounds of Mount Vernon.

City of Fairfax 50th Annual Independence Day Celebration 
City of Fairfax (various locations)
Time: Monday, 10am-10:30pm
Cost: FREE

This annual city-wide celebration kicks off with a rain or shine parade through downtown Fairfax, family-friendly activities throughout the day, and concludes with the annual fireworks display at Fairfax High School. A full schedule of events is available online.

July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park
Long Bridge Park
475 Long Bridge Dr., Arlington

Time: Monday, 5-10pm
Cost: FREE

Enjoy free family-friendly activities including kickball, moon bounce, face painting, a hula hoop contest, live music and more before kicking back in a prime viewing spot for the Washington D.C. fireworks display. Food from local vendors and food trucks will be available for purchase.

Concerts, Theatre, & Sporting Events at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • NSO: America the Beautiful, Wolf Trap, Friday
  • Vivian Green, Birchmere, Friday
  • Journey & the Doobie Brothers with special guest Dave Mason, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday
  • Patti LaBelle, Strathmore, Saturday
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wolf Trap, Saturday
  • Donnell Rawlings, Birchmere, Saturday
  • XV Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, Royal Farms Arena, Sunday
  • Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Birchmere, Sunday
  • Star Spangled Spectacular, BSO & Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Sunday & Monday
  • Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds, Nationals Park, Friday thru Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

the bfgThe BFG
Duration: 1 Hour 57 Minutes
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton

the purge election yearThe Purge: Election Year
Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller 

As a young girl, Sen. Charlene Roan survived the annual night of lawlessness that took the lives of her family members. As a presidential candidate, Roan is determined to end the yearly tradition of blood lust once and for all. When her opponents hatch a deadly scheme, the senator finds herself trapped on the streets of Washington, D.C., just as the latest Purge gets underway. Now, it’s up to Leo Barnes, her head of security, to keep her alive during the next 12 hours of mayhem.

Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson

the legend of tarzanThe Legend of Tarzan
Duration: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure

It’s been nearly a decade since Tarzan, also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane. Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom, a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christopher Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent