It’s time for 4th of July fun!!
Manassas Park hosts a free event each year. Celebrate the Fourth of July with FREE shuttles from VRE and City Hall at Signal Hill Park beginning at 6:00pm. There will also be a variety of food trucks. At dusk, you will see an amazing fireworks display! FREE for all to attend!
Historic Manassas has an event, too! Events begin at 3pm with fireworks at 9:15pm.
The Harris Pavilion will feature community contests from 3 pm – 5 pm. There will be a Bicycle Decorating Contest for the kids starting at 3 pm. At 4 pm, contestants of all ages will compete to blow the biggest bubblegum bubble in the Bubblegum Blowing Contest. Then at 5 pm, contestants of all ages will race to finish their watermelon the quickest in the Watermelon Eating Contest. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to any contest you wish to participate in. The rest of the fun, including food concessions and novelty vendors will begin at 4 pm in the streets and parking lots surrounding the Manassas Visitor’s Center in the Historic Train Depot. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come early to get the best seats on the Manassas Museum Lawn for the firework display at 9:15 p.m.!
If you’d like a more upscale experience, check out the Rooftop Party.
The Dale City 4th of July Parade will be from 10am-12pm(ish) and will end at the Center Plaza Commuter lot where a family fun day will take place from 12-2pm.
Mount Vernon hosts a patriotic display if you’d like a little history with your fireworks.
The Potomac Nationals will have their annual game with fireworks after. You can hoof it in and set up on the fields outside the stadium, typically, but for the best view, get tickets and enjoy the game, too. Fireworks start when the game ends, and it’s also kids run the bases night. Don’t forget they’re moving to Fredericksburg, so if you’ve not been before, this is probably the year for you to do it.
Military? From 4pm-9:30pm check out the fun at Quantico.
You can attempt, but I don’t know much about:
In Dumfries, Montclair does fireworks at Dolphin Beach, but you have to be an MPOA member, so if you live close enough that you can happen to see, you’re in luck, but otherwise that’s all I know.
Great Meadow (many readers love it) charges by the car ($35). Gates open at 4 PM. There will be a huge variety of children’s activities included with your general admission purchase. To list a few: rock wall for climbing, pony rides ($5), moon bounces, slides, the famous rain machine, lasertag, and more! Throughout the day enjoy a choreographed air performance, polo exhibitions, and rocketry demonstrations. A row of food vendors will be on site serving up everything from BBQ to fried dough. The grand finale comes at dark with one of the metropolitan area’s biggest fireworks shows!
DC Fireworks (why would you do this to yourself?) Thrillist has a good guide.
DON’T FORGET!! You can do early fireworks, too! The weekend before the 4th (that’s this weekend) Tim’s Rivershore does their famous “Not the 4th” Fireworks.
Also not on the fourth, Lorton Workhouse (just over the bridge if you live in Woodbridge!) has fireworks on the 29th.