D.C. area guide to Fourth of July fireworks, parades, events

Fourth of July fireworks over the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, Washington D.C. (AP file photo)

WASHINGTON (WTOP/WJLA) -- As massive crowds celebrate America's 238th birthday on the National Mall, D.C. and Park Police are manning security check points, command centers and even lookout towers.

In addition to the festivities on the National Mall, you can pick from dozens of picnics, parades and fireworks planned this July 4. Here's our guide to what's going on around the D.C. area:


National Mall
Fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool at 9:10 p.m. The display will last 17 minutes.

Viewing areas near the mall include: U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall between 14th Street and 3rd Street*, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, Anacostia Park, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Virginia) and George Washington Memorial Parkway (Virginia).

Barracks Row
10 a.m.
July 4
Barracks Row neighborhood parade

Palisades Fourth of July Parade
10 a.m. - parade, starting at Whitehaven Parkway via Foxhall Road


Annapolis Parade
6:30 to 8 p.m.
July 4 Step-off at Amos Garrett and West Street

U.S. Naval Academy Band concert
8 to 9:30 p.m., after parade
Susan C. Campbell Park - City Dock

Fireworks in Historic Annapolis
8 to 9 p.m.
July 4
Annapolis Harbor

Signer's Home & Garden tour
Tours offered at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Garden admission free; house tour $5 (free for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County residents)
July 4
William Paca House and Garden

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
July 4
William Paca Garden

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration
Entertainment: Top-40 band Thunderball at 4 p.m.
U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade at 7 p.m.
Fireworks show, choreographed to festive music - Inner Habor at 9:30 p.m.
Downtown Baltimore

Fourth of July
7 to 10 p.m.
Fireworks at about 9:15 p.m.
July 4
Prince George's Stadium

Chesapeake Beach
9:20 p.m.
July 3
Bay Front Boardwalk

College Park
Food, music, and fireworks
The Nightlife Band performs at 7 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza at about 9 p.m. (30-40 minute program)
July 4 (rain date: July 5)
University of Maryland at College Park - Lot 1 (in case of storm: Cole Field House)

Fire in the Sky: Columbia's 62nd Annual Fourth of July celebration
Entertainment 6:30 p.m.
Fireworks 9:15 p.m.
July 4
Downtown Columbia

Frederick's 4th
Entertainment, including music, noon until dusk
Fireworks at dusk July 4
Baker Park

Food, music, family activities, and fireworks
5 p.m.
July 4
Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Germantown Glory Fireworks
About 9:15 p.m.
July 4 Maryland SoccerPlex, South Germantown Recreational Park

July Fourth Fanfare
Community Drum Circle at 5:30 p.m.
Greenbelt Concert Band at 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m.
July 4
Buddy Attick Lake Park
Crescent Road
Greenbelt, Md.

Mid-County Sparkles
About 9:15 p.m.
July 4 Albert Einstein High School

La Plata
July 4
Just after dusk (after 9 p.m.)

Laurel 4th of July Celebration
Entertainment 9 a.m. through the evening
Parade 11 a.m.
Fireworks (from the lake) 9:15 p.m.
July 5
Gude Park, Granville Gude Park Field

Montgomery Village
MVF Independence Day Parade
Arrive by 9 a.m. at Apple Ridge ball field parking lot
9:15 a.m. - judging
10 a.m. - parade
End of parade route: Watkins Mill High School

Mt. Airy
July 5

Ocean City
July 4 Events rescheduled to July 5
At the beach at N. Division
Street, concert at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
At Northside Park at 125th
Street and the bay, 8 p.m. concert, 9:30 p.m. firework

Fireworks at dusk
July 4

July 4
9:15 p.m. fireworks

Solomons Island
Solomons Business Association 4th of July 2014
About 9:15 to 9:30 p.m. (after dusk) - fireworks over the Patuxent River.
July 4 (rain date: July 5)

Takoma Park
Independence Day Celebration
10 a.m. - parade.
Route: Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, Carroll Avenue, Maple Avenue, Ritchie Avenue.
7 p.m. - entertainment
9:30 p.m. - fireworks by Bay Fireworks
July 4 (rain date for fireworks: first clear evening)
Takoma Park Middle School

Morningside Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
For more information, call 301-736-2300
11 a.m. - parade - starting at 6500 Suitland Rd. at Morningside Fire Department
At dusk - fireworks at Morningside Municipal Center at 6901 Main Street
July 4

Upper Marlboro
6 Flags Fourth of July Festival
Live music, games and fireworks July 4, 5 and 6
Six Flags

July 4 Fireworks
9:30 p.m.


Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. - games, craft stalls, onstage entertainment and fireworks
Admission: $5/person or $10/family until 5 p.m.
After 5 p.m.: $5 parking fee Carroll County Farm Museum


Begins one block up from Beach 3 at Stoneybrae
Parade will begin forming at about 10:40 a.m. and start at 11 a.m.
July 4
Lake Barcroft

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade
10 a.m. to noon - rain or shine

Falls Church
July 4th Celebration
Live music at 7 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
July 4 (rain date: July 5) George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike

Great Falls
July 4 parade
10 a.m.

Town of Leesburg Independence Day
10 a.m. - parade
6 p.m. - entertainment
9:30 p.m. - fireworks
July 4
Ida Lee Park

11 a.m.
Lorton Station Town Center

Celebrate America
3 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Rides, food and live entertainment
7 p.m. - Nitehawks play on Manassas Museum Lawn
9:15 p.m. - fireworks
Old Town Manassas

4th of July Celebration, including food, games, Army band, DJ and more
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - swimming at the pool
5:30 p.m. - children's parade line-up
6 p.m. - parade begins
At dark - fireworks
July 4 (rain date for fireworks: July 5)
Middleburg Community Center

Evening Show and Fireworks
7 p.m. - doors
9:30 p.m. - fireworks
Fairfax High School

Fireworks, food and family fun
7 a.m. - park opens
4 to 6 p.m. - puppet shows
9:15 p.m. - fireworks with performance of U.S. Army Field Band
July 4
Lake Fairfax Park

Ol' Time 4th of July Celebration
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 4
Claude Moore Park

July 4th Festival and Fireworks Show
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - antique car show, arts and crafts, games for kids, Vienna Community Band
9:15 p.m. - fireworks at Southside Park
July 4
Vienna Community Center


Rehoboth Beach
July 4
9:15 p.m. fireworks

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