Independence Day events, Northern Virginia

July 3, 2013
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“An American Celebration at Mount Vernon” Military reenactments, a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s tomb and a visit from “General and Mrs. Washington.” The National Concert Band will perform at noon, and smoke fireworks in patriotic colors will be fired at 1 p.m. over the Potomac River. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $17, seniors $16, ages 6-11 $8, age 5 and under, free.

Fairfax City parade The annual parade loops around downtown Fairfax along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street. 10 a.m. Old Town Fairfax City. 703-385-7858. www.fairfaxva.gov. Free.

Leesburg parade and celebration The parade steps off from Ida Lee Park at 10 a.m. and travels down King Street to Fairfax Street in downtown Leesburg. The celebration continues at 6 p.m. with a food court, music and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. 703-777-1368. www.idalee.org. Free.

Reston celebration The Lake Fairfax Park grounds open at 7 a.m., with the Water Mine open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the carousel and marina open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A puppet show will be presented from 6-8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5415. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/fireworks.htm. Free.

Fairfax City Old-Fashioned Fireman’s Day Watch fire companies compete using firefighting techniques and emergency equipment. Food, beverages and games available. 12:30-5 p.m. Fairfax Fire Station 3, 4081 University Dr., Fairfax City. 703-385-7858. www.fairfaxva.gov. Free.

Manassas festival and fireworks Food vendors, rides for kids and live music by Nashville singer-songwriter Matt Enik. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch fireworks from the lawn of the Manassas Museum. 3-10 p.m. Old Town Manassas, Center Street, Manassas. 703-361-6599. www.visitmanassas.org. Free.

Purcellville celebration Performances by the International Youth Orchestra, Drymill Road and Mink, and fireworks with live accompaniment by the Loudoun Symphonic Winds. Gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks about 9:20 p.m. Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr. Purcellville. 547-338-7603. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $5 per car.

Herndon celebration and fireworks Festivities begin with children’s crafts, bingo and music, followed by fireworks at dark. 6:30 p.m. Bready Park, adjacent to Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. 703-435-6800. www.herndon-va.gov. Free.

Fairfax City concert and fireworks Listen to music from the '50s to today’s hits by the nine-piece band GrooveLine and the City of Fairfax Band. A fireworks display will follow with a finale performance by GrooveLine. 7-10:30 pm. Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax City. 703-385-7858. www.fairfaxva.gov. Free.

Falls Church celebration A concert by Beatles cover band the Apple Core, followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Bring blankets to sit on. 7 p.m. George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-248-5077. www.fallschurchva.gov/concerts. Free.

McLean celebration McLean Community Center’s Independence Day celebration features music by DJ L.A. Express and a fireworks display. Food and glow items available. 8 p.m. Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-790-0123. www.mcleancenter.org. Free.

— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports

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