Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, the majority of the DC Area’s 4th of July events have been cancelled for 2020. We will update this guide as we learn of new events taking place this year. We hope to see you back here next year, perusing our guide for the best July 4th festivities. 

While 2020 might not be the July 4th that we are used to, there are still some fun ways we can celebrate with our families. A number of local events have gone virtual this year. For  those wishing to catch a display in person, the National Mall is not only a classic choice, but the only show in town this year. We look forward to celebrating with our favorite in-person events in 2021!

19665427665_c25a6ed8cd_zPhoto: Arlington County Parks and Recreation via Flickr

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Concord’s Virtual Neighborhood Parade
For the first time ever, Concord’s 4th of July Parade is going virtual! Catch all of the events from Concord’s Facebook page. Sat. Event details

Independence Day Party with CAMP and Kroger
It’s a red, white and blue-berry Independence Day party and you’re all invited! Join CAMP and Kroger for an hour of creativity and fun. They’ll guide you through DIY tie-dye, participate in an interactive magic show and dance! Fri. Event details

July 4th Oration—The Struggle for Justice Continues
Using the 1852 address by Douglass as a framework, the Oration examines issues of liberty, citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility from the historical perspective in light of contemporary injustice. Amidst contemporary crises, Frederick Douglass’s address rings out from history, reminding us we must learn from the past to create the future all Americans deserve. Sat. Event details

July 4th with the National Archives
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration! For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States that includes a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family. Sat. Event details

California Center for the Arts Virtual 4th of July Festival
Since this year’s fireworks celebration is cancelled, California Center for the Arts will be bringing you a virtual festival with events kicking off at 3 p.m. From crafts with the kiddos to Broadway stars singing your favorite songs to their annual tradition of Marine Band there will be something for everyone! Sat. Event details

4 on the 4th
Join the City of Auburn for their virtual 4 on the 4th program created to get people outside and active. To participate, simple walk, run, bike, hike or swim four miles on the 4th. Then email a record of your activity to receive a finisher certificate from the City of Auburn a few weeks later via snail mail. Sat. Event details.

MARYLAND

Frederick’s 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. When it’s time to settle in for the airborne festivities, consider parking your crew in one of these prime viewing places: Fleming Avenue Swimming Pool Area, Frederick High School Lawn, or the Carillon Area of Baker Park.

COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021

When: July 4, 12 pm
Baker Park
121 N Bentz St., Frederick, MD
Online: celebratefrederick.com

July 4th Festival and Fireworks
Families will enjoy live music on two stages (a main stage and a children’s stage; can you say, “convenient”?) along with a full schedule of family friendly activities, including face painting and crazy-hair-for-a-day designs. There are limited parking spaces at the event, so skip the parking wars by finding a spot at the Columbia Mall and walking from there.

COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.

When: July 4, 5 pm-10 pm
Columbia Lake Kittamaqundi
10221 Wincopin Cr., Columbia, MD
Online: howardcountymd.gov

Annapolis 4th of July Celebration
Watch a parade, listen to the U.S. Naval Academy Band, then watch the fireworks display. Susan Campbell Park (where the band will perform) is said to have the best view, but with 50,000 people eager to catch the show it is also expected to be the most crowded venue. The City of Annapolis recommends you find a spot in any of the public spaces northeast of the Severn River or at any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek.

COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.

When: July 4, 6:30 pm (fireworks start at 9:15 pm)
Downtown Annapolis & Susan Campbell Park
1 Dock St., Annapolis, MD
Online: visitannapolis.org

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration
Live music from The United States Navy Band Cruisers will commence at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater (between Pratt and Light Street). The fireworks, which start at 9:30 pm, can best be viewed from Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East.
COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.
When: July 4, 7 pm- 10 pm (fireworks start at 9:30 pm)
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Online: promotionandarts.org


girl-with-sparklerphoto: Jamie Rodriquez via Creative Commons

VIRGINIA

Celebrate America
This family friendly event features rides for the kids, food vendors, and even a hayride around the area of the Old Town Train Depot. There will also be a few friendly competitions, including watermelon and pie eating, and bicycle decorating. Families can park themselves (and their snacks) on the Manassas Museum lawn to watch the fireworks show.

COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.

When: July 4, 3 pm-10 pm (fireworks start at 9:15 pm)
Old Town Manassas
9431 West St., Manassas, VA
Online: visitmanassas.org

Leesburg Independence Day Celebration
This historic town kicks off festivities with a parade at 10 a.m., which starts at Ida Lee Park and travels down King Street. After the parade, return to Ida Lee Park for a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. followed by the real show at 9:30 p.m.; Leesburg hosts the largest fireworks display in Loudoun county.
COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.
When: July 4, 10 am (fireworks start at 9:30 pm) Ida Lee Park
60 Ida Lee Dr., NW, Leesburg, VA
Online: leesburgva.gov

boys-watching-fireworksphoto: Jill Midkiff via Creative Commons

Rockin Independence Eve
Start the party early with water slides, slip n’ slides, sno cones and more at Sprinklers and Sparklers (Vienna Community Center, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.). At 7 p.m., Mars Rodeo will hit the stage followed by pyrotechnics at 9 p.m.
COVID-19 Update: Postponed until 2021.
When: July 4, 7:15 pm (fireworks start at 9 pm)
Yeonas Park
1319 Ross Dr., Vienna, VA
Online: viennava.gov

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Meghan Meyers

 

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