You’ll have a blast this weekend, and not just because there will be hundreds of fireworks going off in the night sky. Start things off at the World Children’s Festival where kiddo’s creativity and imagination will shine bright like a sparkler. Then snag a seat at the Universoul Circus to ohh and ahh at the tightrope walkers. And, of course, get in your fill of fireworks, hot dogs and pool decks.

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Federal Triangle

Get Creative at World Children’s Festival
Held every four years—Olympics-style—this celebration of children’s creativity lands in Washington, D.C. Educators, experts and (of course) a slew of kids gather for workshops, crafts and performances that nurture the imagination. Fri.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

Vienna

Rock Around the Clock at Rockin’ Independence Eve
Start the party early with live music and fireworks on Friday (aka “Independence Eve”). At 7 pm, Fat Chance will hit the stage followed by pyrotechnics at 9 pm. The town hosts “Red, White & Blue on the Green” the following day (12 pm – 6 pm) on the Town Green. The 4th celebration includes a hot dog eating contest, live music, and a “sure-to-be crowd pleaser” moon bounce! Fri.-Sat. Free. All ages. Event details.

National Harbor

A Soulful Circus
Don’t skip a stop at this the big top. UniverSoul Circus returns to the DMV to make your head spin with acts such as ice skating, tightrope walking, Caribbean dancing, aerialists, acrobatics, quick-change artists, tigers and elephants. What makes this circus different is that its music spans genres including pop, R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel. Fri.-Sun. All ages. Event details.

National Mall

Marching Orders: D.C.’s Biggest 4th of July 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. Sat., 11:45 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Community Fourth of July Parade
If the big National Independence Day Parade is too much for you or your little ones, check out this smaller (but just as fun) endeavor that runs along 8th St., SE in Capitol Hill. There will be antique cars, a bead and candy toss, and a slew of other parade surprises. Sat., 10 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Reston

Lake Fairfax Fireworks
Love to camp? Lake Fairfax Park has an awesome 4th of July event with family entertainment, food vendors, and an impressive fireworks display on tap. Plus, they have a campground where outdoorsy types can pitch a tent during the day, and be on site for all of the festivities. The Water Mine swimming hole, carousel, and boat rides are all open and ready to entertain on the 4th as well. Sat., 7 pm. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to on this 4th of July weekend? Share with us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady