Haven’t made plans for the Fourth? Here are six celebrations, big and small, to choose from. For more Fourth of July events, search “July 4” in the Going Out Guide.
ROCKVILLE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION The city’s celebration takes place on the grounds of Montgomery College. There will be performances by the Rockville Concert Band and Pinneberg Dancers, plus fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Thursday at 7 p.m. Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free.
TAKOMA PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION A parade begins at Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues and travels south on Carroll and right on Maple Avenue before ending at Ritchie Avenue. Festivities continue with a Wiffle ball tournament at Lee Jordan Field. An evening program with performances by the gymnastics team Acro-Airs and the Takoma Park Community Band will be followed by fireworks. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. 301-650-6444. www.takomapark4th.org. Free.
AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT MOUNT VERNON The celebration at George Washington’s estate takes place, curiously, during the day, complete with a midday fireworks display. A George Washington reenactor will inspect the troops on the Bowling Green at 9:30 a.m.; a wreath will be laid at Washington’s tomb at 10 a.m.; the National Concert Band of America will perform at noon; and daytime smoke fireworks in patriotic colors will be fired over the Potomac River at 1 p.m. Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $17; ages 6-11, $8; ages 5 and younger, free.
RESTON JULY 4 CELEBRATION This day-long celebration at Reston’s Lake Fairfax Park spills over with activities. Families can hit the Water Mine Family Swimming Hole, the carousel and marina (open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or a puppet show from 6 to 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5415. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/fireworks.htm. Free.
ARCHIVES FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION The National Archives will kick off the pomp and circumstance in the District with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence by actors playing Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Ned Hector, a black Continental Army soldier. Afterward, dip inside to see the real Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov. Free.
RED, WHITE AND BOOM The owners of George, a Georgetown bar, and the Mason Inn are once again turning Kastles Stadium into a giant open-bar festival. Play bocce and cornhole, listen to the Morrison Brothers and the Rude Nudies play rockin’ covers and originals, and dance to DJs. (There’s a great view of the fireworks, too, from the top rows of the bleachers.) Tickets include unlimited drinks from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a Wednesday night pre-party at the Mason Inn with free booze from 8 to 10 p.m. A VIP option adds access to less-crowded areas and extra bars. Thursday from 4:40 to 9:30 p.m. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. redwhiteandboom2013.eventbrite.com. $70 regular; $90 VIP. Ticket prices could rise.
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