Celebrating Independence Day

(By Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post)
Sunday, July 2, 2006

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FAMILY FUN DAY: A two-mile parade -- flush with floats, marching bands and politicians -- kicks off at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kirkdale Drive and Dale Boulevard. This year's theme is "Dale City Salutes Prince William County: Celebrating 275 years." The parade ends at the commuter lot at Center Plaza on Dale Boulevard, where families can join in Family Fun Day activities from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events include children's rides, food and crafts.

STAR-SPANGLED PICNIC: Tours, games, crafts, entertainment and food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Rippon Lodge, 15500 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. $3. Reservations suggested. 703-792-5632 or 703-792-4754.

CELEBRATE AMERICA: Music by Fancy Pants, children's rides and a rock climbing wall will be featured starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by fireworks set to music. Train depot parking lot, 9431 West St., Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599.


BARCROFT PARADE AND CRAFTS: A craft sale will be held by the Woman's Club of Arlington from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot at 700 S. Buchanan St. A parade will start at 10 a.m. at Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St. Free. Craft sale, 703-978-0238; parade, 202-358-2514.

VIEWS OF D.C.: Fireworks on the Mall will be visible from several Arlington locations, including the Marine Corps War Memorial, the George Washington Memorial Parkway's Gravelly Point Park, Gateway Park in Rosslyn and the Key Bridge. Fireworks information, 202-619-7222; Arlington information, http://www.arlingtonva.us/web/JulyFourth.aspx .

Fairfax and Falls Church

MARCHING DOWN HISTORY LANE : Rain or shine, Fairfax City's parade will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Route 123 and Sager Avenue, followed by Old-Fashioned Fireman's Day, 12:30-5 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Dr. The City of Fairfax Band will perform at 7 p.m., and fireworks will start at dusk, followed by a concert by J.P. McDermott and Western Bop at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. No lawn chairs, smoking, alcohol or pets. Parking will be available at the Fairfax Circle Building, next to Home Depot on Old Lee Highway. Shuttles will run from Woodson High School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Open houses will be held at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 10209 Main St., the Ratcliffe-Allison House (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) at 10386 Main St. and the Legato School (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) at 4000 Chain Bridge Rd. The rain date for the fireworks is Wednesday. Free. 703-385-7949 or 703-385-7858. http://www.fairfaxva.gov .

RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION: Activities at Mount Vernon, which will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, include patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by a person playing George Washington, and birthday cake. Three miles from the estate, at Washington's gristmill, a water-powered system of elevators and fans will grind wheat into flour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. $13; children, $6; $1 to see the mill grind. 703-780-2000.

VIENNA COMMUNITY FOURTH: Craft vendors, food, music, children's entertainment, games and a classic car show will be featured from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Vienna Community Band will perform at 8 p.m., and fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Free. 703-255-6360 or http://www.viennava.gov .

HERNDON CELEBRATION: Kickball, arts and crafts activities, bingo, food sales, children's entertainment and music by the Jangling Reinharts will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by fireworks and music at 9:30 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Alcohol and glass containers aren't allowed. Free. 703-435-6800.

CITY OF FALLS CHURCH SPECTACULAR: The Viki Nova Band will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by fireworks at 9:30 at George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Smoking, personal fireworks and pets aren't allowed. The rain date is Wednesday. Free. 703-248-5178.

Loudoun and Fauquier

LOVETTSVILLE INDEPENDENCE DAY: A children's bike decorating workshop will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a decorated-bike contest at 5:30 p.m. and a parade from Lovettsville Elementary School, 49 S. Loudoun St., to the Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Amusements, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, DJ Kazman and food vendors will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. at the community center's ball field. $1; children 5-14, $5; younger than 5, free. The fireworks display will be at 9:30 p.m. Free shuttle bus service will be available from Lovettsville Elementary School and Lovettsville Game Club, 25 S. Berlin Pike. Information and workshop registration, 540-822-5284. To enter a float, marching group or vehicle in the parade, call 540-822-5026 or send an e-mail to lop204@aol.com .

IDA LEE CELEBRATION: A parade down King Street will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday from Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. An appearance by a person playing George Washington and a fife and drum performance on the courthouse steps will follow the parade. The Fabulous Hubcaps will perform at 7 p.m. at Ida Lee Park; the fireworks display will begin at 9:30. The rain date is Wednesday. Free. Information, 703-777-1368; cancellation line, 703-737-7166. http://www.idalee.org .

PRIDE OF PURCELLVILLE: The firemen's parade will start at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., and end in a festival with rides and booths from noon to 7 p.m. at the Purcellville Plaza Shopping Center, 609 E. Main St. The fireworks display will begin at dusk at Franklin Park, Business Route 7, between Purcellville and Round Hill. Free. 540-751-2326, 540-751-1050 or http://www.prideofpurcellville.org .

OL' FASHIONED FOURTH: A festival from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Sterling will feature a presentation of colors, a singing of the national anthem, nature activities, patriotic craft making, a pie-eating contest, a reptile show, wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, food, tours of Lanesville Ordinary, cake cutting and performances by the Sterling Playmakers at Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Rd. Parking will be available at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and at the Sportsplex area; enter the park via Loudoun Park Lane. $5 a carload. 703-444-1275.

GREAT MEADOW AIR SHOW: The gates will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a show featuring the U.S. Parachute Association, Marine One helicopters, rock walls, model rocket launches, scale model airplane flights, hot air balloons, pony rides and contests. Fireworks set to music will start at dusk. Registration is required by tomorrow for an ice cream eating contest and Great Meadow Idol, for song, dance and instrumental performers ages 12-18. Great Meadow events center, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains. $30-$40. 540-253-5000, ch@greatmeadow.org or http://www.greatmeadow.org .


HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Events Tuesday on Charlotte, Sophia and Hanover streets include a 5K run at 7:30 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m. and a festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 115 craft vendors, a classic car show, a chili cook-off, a river raft race, a beer garden, food and a children's area. A fireworks display, which will start at 9:15 p.m., will be viewable from Old Mill Park on Caroline Street and Pratt Park on River Road. Bands, antique cars and children's amusements will be at both parks in the evening. Free. 804-224-7723.

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