Nature hikes, picnics, water slides, local beer and, of course, fireworks, from Leesburg to Gaithersburg.
What to bring, what not to bring and where to spread your blanket.
More than 150 bars and restaurants have permission to stay open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Get a jump on your July 4 celebrations with beer tastings, retro DJs, a top 40 cover band and the anniversary of one of D.C.'s best DJ nights.
Where to see the fireworks not on the Mall
From concerts with firework views to a good old-fashioned American cookout, here's how to celebrate America's birthday with a bang.