Bring the snap, crackle and pop to your family’s weekend with these hand-picked happenings. From campfires at Black Hill and mini fishing trips at Anacostia to a dinosaur-themed musical review and a cool, new exhibit at the National Building Museum, the summer is truly off to a sizzling start. Oh, and don’t forget to go outside and look up on Monday night–the DMV skyline will be twinkling with beautiful fireworks.

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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. Mon., 4 pm-10 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Campfires at Black Hill
There’s nothing like sitting around a campfire under the stars! Join a naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s’mores around the fire. Meet at the Visitor Center and bring a chair or blanket. Sat., 8 pm-9 pm. $11. Ages 1 and up. Event details.

Tidal Basin

FANtastic Fourth of July Block Party
Celebrate Independence Day in the Nation’s Capital and join the Mandarin Oriental hotel for a FANtastic 4th. Only blocks from the National Monument, the hotel boasts amazing views of the famous fireworks. Families, couples and friends can enjoy music and barbecue favorites away from the crowds. Mon., 3 pm-9 pm. $10. All ages. Event details.


Dinorock: Dinosaurs Forever!
Grammy-nominated audience favorite, Dinorock, invites you on a fossil-fantasy musical revue that features beautiful life-size dinosaur puppets that sing and dance about the celebration of nature and science. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 am-12 pm. $10. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Judiciary Square

Icebergs: A Cool (Literally) Exhibit
The National Building Museum offers a new, one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful underwater world of glacial ice spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation features climbable bergs, “ice” chutes, caves and grottoes to explore, and much more. Fri.-Sun. $5-$16. All ages. Event details.


Reel ’em In! Family Fishing
Join Anacostia Riverkeper for free catch and release fishing. All gear and bait provided. Not a bass master? Not a problem–hands on instruction will be provided for participants of all ages. Fri., 5 pm-8 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your plans for the Independence Day weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady