What’s red, white, and blue all over? This weekend! Naturally, D.C.’s Independence Day events dominate your Friday through Sunday happenings, but we aren’t complaining. Check out the ginormous parade that treks down Constitution Avenue, or swing by one of the multiple evening celebrations, including one at Long Branch Park in Arlington where you’ll get prime viewing of the District’s fireworks extravaganza. But the excitement doesn’t stop with all that flag waving—in between barbecues and slip-and-slides, kids can visit with the Harlem Globetrotters or check out “The Muppet Movie” at the Angelika theater.

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D.C.

Marching Orders: D.C.’s Independence Day Parade
The National Independence Day Parade follows Constitution Avenue and passes some of the most iconic monuments of D.C. Invited bands, floats, military and specialty units, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants are just some of the notable participants. Come early to scope out a prime viewing spot. Fri., 11:45 am. National Mall. Free. All. Event details.

Slam Dunk It at Harlem Globetrotters Summer Clinic
The world famous, ball spinning, trick doing Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their widely popular Summer Clinics—in partnership with fitness club 24 Hour Fitness—to the district for more fun on the court with the only clinics coached by Globetrotters stars. Little basketball lovers (of all skill levels) won’t soon forget this summer time experience. Sat.-Sun., 9 am. Various locations. $69/session. 6-12. Event details.

Northern Virginia

July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park
The 3rd Annual July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge park will feature food, arts and crafts vendors, tons of activities for kids, and kickball! Yes, kickball! Join one of the drop-in kickball games yourself or just sit on the sidelines and reminisce about your grade school kickball awesomeness with your kids. Settle in for the evening with a great view of the National Mall fireworks. Fri., 4 pm. Arlington. Free. All. Event details.

Flashback Family Films: “The Muppet Movie”
The oldies are goodies. Case in point:The Muppets Movie will be playing on the big screen at The Angelika. The Muppet Movie (where some of the most recognizable puppets made their big screen debut) pays homage to numerous classic films, features a huge cast of Hollywood greats, and includes one of the most enduring Muppet songs, “The Rainbow Connection”. Bring the kids and show them where Dora came from. Sat., 10 am. Fairfax. $7. All. Event details.

Maryland

Frederick’s Fabulous 4th
The annual Frederick 4th of July event is a fun filled day for families. The event itself is free and there are plenty of entertaining opportunities to enjoy including the famous bathtub race across Culler Lake. Fri., 12 pm. Frederick. Free. All. Event details.

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Independence Day Celebration at Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Bring your own food and picnic on the grounds for an all-evening celebration of the nation. Live music, activities for families, food vendors, and fireworks are in the lineup this year. Fri., 5 pm. Gaithersburg. Free. All. Event details.

How will your family spend the Fourth of July weekend? Tell us what’s on the agenda in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of National Independence Day Parade via Facebook