The days are long and the nights are warm, giving you more reasons to jam pack the weekend with fun stuff. Check out pre-4th of July fireworks at George Washington’s beloved home, sit front row at a fam-friendly performance (Wizard of Oz!), or simply set out on a long walk with your kid crew.

Photo: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Independence Fireworks
Enjoy a patriotic evening filled with dazzling fireworks, Mansion tours, musical performances, and games on George Washington’s beloved estate! Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm. Greet General and Mrs. Washington in the historic area before trying your hand at bocce ball. Dust off your dancing shoes for 18th-century dancing demonstrations. Fri. Event details.


Paper Dreams
In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life their first dance performance based show, perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Fri. Event details.


Vital Theatre Company: Wizard of Oz
Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz! Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Circus Science Saturday
Get ready for a Big Day Under PD’s Big Top! Come and clown around with the Clown Prince of Port Discovery in Circus Circuit Stations! Learn the tricks of the trade such as juggling, balancing feathers, and much more! Stop by our art tables to make-and-take a sound sandwich that you will use during our Circus Parade led by Mr. Greg himself! Before the day is over, be sure to hop in the backseat of our Circus Train Rides and enjoy the view! Sat. Event details.


Summer Sunday Concerts: Black Masala
D.C.’s own Balkan and funk-music inspired brass band dishing out a heaping helping of dance grooves with multicultural influences. The award-winning group will have you dancing to the beat. Sun. Event details.


Art on 8th
Ready to get on your feet? You’ll be inspired to move during this free performance that features interactive dance from the likes of Cuban dance group, DC Casineros, quirky interactive show Heart Stück Bernie, and hip hop company Culture Shock. If you break a sweat, swing by nearby Busboys and Poets for an ice coffee (for you) and apple juice (for the littles). Fri. Event details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady