The weekend is bursting with Fourth of July activities. Some of the brightest:
Independence Day happenings on the Mall are a Washington tradition and the fireworks are the highlight. More than 4,000 mortar tubes of fireworks will be lofted Saturday after evening concerts that'll cover three stages.
On the West Lawn of the Capitol, beginning at 8, the National Symphony performs under the batons of James Conlon and Marvin Hamlisch, with guest artists Roberta Flack, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jon Vickers in a program that includes works by Bernstein, Gershwin, Mozart, Sousa, Wagner and Hamlisch himself. For the folks at home, the concert will be broadcast over WETA-FM (90.9) and simulcast over WETA-TV 26.
At the Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds, the U.S. Navy Band strikes up patriotic strains with a "We the People" concert that includes the bluegrass sounds of the Country Current at 6, the Navy Commodores jazz ensemble at 7 and the Sea Chanters chorus at 8.
At the Air and Space Museum, it's only appropriate that the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, the Airmen of Note and Singing Sergeants perform between 6 and 9:15 on the Mall steps.
The Welcome Home concert and Vietnam veteran's tribute has been moved to the Capital Centre and begins at 2 with an all-star cast that includes, to mention a few, Stevie Wonder, George Carlin, Kris Kristofferson, James Brown, Neil Diamond, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Four Tops, Linda Ronstadt and Anita Baker. Emceed by Jon Voigt, John Ritter and Peter Fonda, the concert includes short film documentaries. Tickets are $15, available through TicketCenter at 432-0200. For more information, call 350-3400.
The eighth annual D.C. Free Jazz Festival will keep Western Plaza jamming from 4 to 9 with vocalist Arnae', saxophonist Andrew White, the Buck Hill Quartet and the 13-piece New Jungle Orchestra, coming all the way from Denmark. 783-0360.
Fairfax City has an entire day planned for the Fourth that begins high and mighty at 10 with the Flying Circus Aerodrome stunting their vintage aircraft above a parade that commences at the Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Rd. An old-fashion Fireman's Day follows in front of the fire station at 4081 University Drive featuring competition among metropolitan area fire companies and, just for little folk, children's games will be going on between 3 to 7:30. Fireworks will close things brightly at the Fairfax High School stadium, 3500 Old Lee Highway.
To get people to where they want to go, Metrorail will operate continuously 8 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday; the fare is 75 cents per ride.
The following is a list of holiday activities for -- and near -- just about all. All events below, unless otherwise noted, are set for Saturday and are free. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
NATIONAL ARCHIVES CELEBRATION,
10 to noon, cannon and musket fire demonstration by the New Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, the 71st Regiment of Foot and the 64th Regiment of Foot; concert of American music on the Constitution Avenue steps and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. The original Declaration will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall with a joint-service honor guard changing every half-hour between 10 and 9. 523-3000.
11 a.m. organ recital by Douglas Major; full-peal attempt by the Washington Ringing Society, noon to 3; Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 537-6200.
INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
noon to 3, rain or shine, with bands, marching units, floats and clowns, along Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th . 485-PARK.
1 to 5, Old Fashioned Fourth with the Takoma Brass Quintet playing music of Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa, tours of the 168-year-old town house, cakewalk contest with cakes from Washington bakeries as prizes. At 748 Jackson Place NW. Tickets $4, $1 for kids under 6. 842-0920.
THE SPIRIT OF MOUNT VERNON
7:30 to 11 cruise beginning at Pier 4, Sixth and Water SW, on Potomac with view of the D.C. fireworks. Tickets ($50) include buffet and drinks. Park at Colonial Parking, Fifth and Water SW. Reservations required; 269-1500.
EIGHTH ANNUAL D.C. FREE JAZZ FESTIVAL
from 4 to 9 with vocalist Arnae', the Buck Hill Quartet, the Andrew White Quartet and Denmark's New Jungle Orchestra on Western Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. 783-0360.
OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION
Independence Day Celebration/Salute to the States. Saturday: Clowns, balloon sculpting and juggling at noon; Kauai Hawaii Concert and Jazz Band featuring hula dancers at 12:45; the Sugarfoot Appalachian Cloggers at 2:15 and 3:30; the pop/rock of Network at 5. Sunday: the Cloggers USA at noon; the patriotic music and dance of the Show-Offs at 2; Moltrup Sisters Trio at 3:30; the White Eagle Dancers of the American Indian Heritage Foundation at 5, 12th and Pennsylvania NW. 289-4224.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/USO CELEBRATION
6 to 9, concert by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, 6; Airmen of Note, 7; Band and Sergeants again, 8, on the Mall at the National Air and Space Museum. 485-PARK.
6, concert with Navy Band's Country Current; the Commodores Jazz Band and guest artist Ethel Ennis, 7; the Navy Band and Sea Chanters chorus, 8; at the Washington Monument. 485-PARK.
MOUNT VERNON COLLEGE
7 p.m. Fourth of July Extravaganza with the Dixieland Band, Lazy River Jazz Band, Ralph Case Cloggers, clowns, D.C. firetrucks and police honor guard, antique cars, a children's parade. Fireworks at dusk (rain date is next clear night). Gates at 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW open at 6 for picnickers; barbeque available. Admission is $8; $35 for groups of up to 6. 331-0400 or 331-3462.
CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
7:45 concert with music of Mozart, Sousa, Joplin and Strauss by the 25-member Inner City Orchestra under the baton of A. Paul Gatling (with a panoramic view of the fireworks), 1600 Morris Rd. SE. Food and drink available. 699-5440.
BANNEKER RECREATION CENTER , at 6 Saturday "We the People," celebration with pony rides, moon bounce, carnival games, senior citizen arts and crafts and bingo. Food and drinks for sale; Georgia Avenue and Barry Place NW. 673-7611.
NATIONAL SYMPHONY CONCERT
at 8, under baton of James Conlon and Marvin Hamlisch, with guest performers Roberta Flack, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jon Vickers performing works by Bernstein, Gershwin, Hamlisch, Mozart, Sousa and Wagner, West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Live simulcast on WETA-TV 26 and WETA-FM (90.9). 254-3600.
NATIONAL FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS
at 9:15 on the Washington Monument grounds. 485 -- PARK.
PALISADES PARADE AND FESTIVAL
beginning at 11 at MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway; pony rides, moon bounce, dixieland band, Scottish pipers and children's games at Palisades Field House off Sherrier Place. 333-0352.
1 to 6 with the Mormon Children's Choir, Hispanic and African dance groups, tumbling acts and more at Pershing Park, across from the Willard Hotel. 662-7480. MARYLAND
7:15, by Dorsey's Company, First Continental Artillery, in tribute to the bicentennial of the Constitution at Farragut Field. Park for $2 at Naval Marine Corps Stadium lot on Rowe Boulevard for this and following events. It's within walking distance of Farragut Field. Allow an hour for parking, shuttle or walk to field. No parking downtown; city dock lot closed.
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY SHOW BAND
in concert, 7:45 p.m. Farragut Field. Park at Navy Marine Corps stadium lot on Rowe Boulevard.
at dark (rain date Sunday), Annapolis Harbor. No parking downtown. $2 parking at Navy Marine Corps Stadium includes transportation into town. Boaters' alert: draw spans at Spa Creek and old Severn River bridge will not open for boat traffic 8:30 until 11. 301/263-7997.
MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
in concert Sunday, 7 p.m. at Antietam Battlefield. Fireworks at dusk. 301/432-5124.
STAR SPANGLED CITI-CELEBRATION
from 11 a.m. to dusk at Harborplace Amphitheater, Finger Piers and Rash Field. With a dozen musical groups including the Army Jazz Ambassadors, circus entertainers and artists. Fireworks at 9:30. 301/837-INFO.
at 7 with the Annapolis Brass Quintet, the Festival Brass Players and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (there's a picnic before) at Wyman Park Dell, 3000 N. Charles St. Park in front of the Baltimore Museum of Art. 301/243-2156.
FORT McHENRY GUARD
recreating garrison life during the War of 1812, Saturday and Sundays at 1 p.m. Fort McHenry, East Fort Avenue. 301/962-4299.
noon to 3 p.m. with music, free moon bounce, jugglers, clowns, magicians, an attempt to build world's largest snowcone. With free food samples at the Bethesda Metro Center Plaza. 652-8798.
11 at Peace Cross, Annapolis Road at Baltimore Avenue. Luncheon ($6) at Bladensburg Fire Hall follows.
6 to 10 with Bay Winds Concert Band, Ray Owen (musical humorist), The Foggy Bottom Cloggers, Bowie High School cheerleaders and pom-pons; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Allen Pond Park. $1 parking. Rain date Sunday. 249-3316.
by Downtown at 4 at White Plains Park. $6, under 12 years and senior citizens, $5. From U.S. 1 south, 1/4 mile past Waldorf, left on Demarr Road. 843-2947 or 301/645-2617.
noon to 11 p.m., Friday-Sunday, with live rock and country music, games, pony rides, clowns, boating and fishing; proceeds to North Beach Volunteer Fire Department; all at Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, Rte. 261 and 21st Street. Fireworks are Sunday. 301/257-2735.
at 11 a.m. with fire engines and clowns beginning at Connecticut Avenue and Williams Lane. 654-7144.
18TH ANNUAL PARADE
begins at 10 at Surrattsville High School, 6101 Garden Dr., Clinton. 292-9006.
CONCERT AND FIREWORKS
at 8, featuring The Hubcaps in Lot 1, University of Maryland Campus across from the golf course. Fireworks at dark.
at dusk, downtown Columbia at Lake Kittamaqundi, across from Columbia Mall. Rain date is Sunday.
at dark at Municipal Building, 2000 Marbury Dr. 336-5633.
10 to 10 with games, children's activities, food and patriotic music by the First U.S Army Concert Band, Mapes Road, Fort Meade.
FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
1 to 9, music, games and races, fireworks at dark. All at Baker Park, West Second and Bentz streets. 301/694-1436.
BARBARA FRITCHIE MOTORCYCLE RACE
1 to 5, country's oldest continuously run motorcycle race, at Frederick County Fairgrounds.
3 to 5, live bluegrass, refreshments, speeches at Hubert Humphrey Park, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase.
10 to 5 with rides, games, clowns, contests, storytelling, face and finger painting for children, puppet show and live music, Summit Hill, West Deer Park Road. 926-1100.
At dark in the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Gates open 7 p.m. Park at Lakeforest Mall. Rain date is Sunday.
parade starts at 9 at Garrett Park Elementary School followed at 10 by awards ceremony; 3, softball game; 4:30, soccer game; 6, community picnic and dance music by the Newports at the Garrett Park Post Office. 942-6130.
CONCERT AND FIREWORKS
at 7 p.m. at Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt Lake.
CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS
11 to 11 all-day family picnic with live music and food vendors at Indian Head Village Green off Rte. 210.
COLONIAL COOKING DEMONSTRATION
noon to 4. Typical colonial fare prepared over open fire at Smallwood's Retreat, Smallwood State Park off Indian Head Highway (Rte. 210). Repeats July 12. 301/743-7613.
WELCOME HOME CONCERT
and Vietnam veteran's tribute at 2 at the Capital Centre with an all-star cast that includes Stevie Wonder, George Carlin, Kris Kristofferson, James Brown, Neil Diamond, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Jon Voigt, John Ritter and Peter Fonda. $15 through TicketCenter at 432-0200. 350-3400. LARGO
CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS
2 to dusk with children's games, volleyball and softball, crafts and refreshments at Northhampton Park, New Salem Drive off Woodlawn Boulevard.
noon to 9:15, family entertainment with games, scarecrow building contest, horseshoes, volleyball, skydiving show and live entertainment at McCullough Field; at 4, parade, Fourth Street and Cherry Lane.
begins at noon with parade at Randolph Circle; 1 to 7, pony and hay rides, field games, entertainment and food vendors, Patterson Park, 4601 Beauford Rd.
CONCERT AND FIREWORKS
with the New Carrollton Band from 8 to 9:30 at Beckett Field, 85th and Westbrook Drive. 249-9220 or 459-6100.
two displays starting at 9: Atlantic Ocean side at southern end of town near Wicomico Street Pier; Bayside display from Northside Park at 125th Street. Bus fares reduced to 50 cents through 1 a.m.
FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
noon to 11 with games, rides, live music by the Smith Sisters and the Double Decker String Band at Downs Park, Mountain Road, Pasadena. Fireworks at 9. 301/280-1821.
5:30 to 10:30, music, hot-air balloon launch and activities. Fireworks at 9:30. Richard Montgomery High School, Montgomery Avenue. 762-6101.
LIBERTY DAY CONCERT
at 11 Sunday with the Monumental Brass Quintet at Woodward High School, 11211 Old Georgetown Rd. 258-7553.
98TH ANNUAL PARADE
with cartoonist Pat Oliphant as grand marshall. 10 at Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues.
ONE-PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FINALS
1 at Takoma Park Intermediate School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., followed by concerts at 7:30, a demonstration of lure coursing and fireworks at dark. 270-4048. VIRGINIA
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION , 11 until dark next Saturday -- July 11 -- with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children's activities at Jones Point Park under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (from King Street, south on Royal Street, park on left). 838-4343.
AMERICAN LEGION CELEBRATION , noon to 6 with speeches, picnic with live music and food, at American Legion Post 139, 3445 Washington Blvd. It's $7; $4 for 12 and under. 524-1396.
CELEBRATION AND CONCERT
at 8 by members of the Society for the Preservation of Acoustical Music (SPAM) at Barcroft Park, 4100 South Four Mile Run Dr. Fireworks, at 9:15, follow the celebration. 558-2165.
CONCERT AND PARADE
at 6 with the U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps and the elite Silent Drill Platoon at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). 433-4173.
4 to 7:30 with community picnic, softball and volleyball games at the Bluemont Community Center, Rte. 734. 703/554-8643.
at 1:30 with a parade, concert by Blackwater Limited, magic shows, games and fireworks at Greenbriar Park, 4600 Stringfellow Rd. 830-9059.
CELEBRATION , begins at 10 with flag raising, parade (beginning on Chapel Road), picnic and fireworks, town park, Main Street. 830-1430.
10, parade, Delaney Road; noon, games, food, marching band competition, commuter parking lot, Center Plaza; 6 entertainment, games and fireworks at Potomac Mills Mall. 703/590-1012.
FAMILY FUN DAY
11 to 5 with children's games, a sing-along, historic house tours and nature walk. There's a small fee for the tours and parking is $1.50; at Sky Meadows State Park, off Rte. 17, between U.S. 50 and I-66. 703/592-3556.
10 with Flying Circus Aerodrome performance 10:15 to 10:30. Parade starts at the Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Rd. Parade parking at George Mason University parking lot on University Drive, Fair City Mall parking area on Little River Turnpike and Fairfax United Methodist Church, University Drive and Stratford Avenue; shuttle bus service from each parking area departs between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and returns between noon to 1:30. 385-7855.
OLD FASHION FIREMAN'S DAY
following the parade, in front of the fire station at 4081 University Drive featuring competition among metropolitan area fire companies.
CHILDREN'S RIDES , 3 to 7:30, tethered hot-air balloon rides (weather permitting); 4:30 to 7:30, performances by the City Band; the Pitman Hobo Band 7:30 to 10:30.
at dark, Fairfax High School stadium, 3500 Old Lee Highway. Parking at the Fair City Mall parking area on Little River Turnpike; shuttle bus service from the parking lot departs 6:30 to 9:15, return after the fireworks; bicycle parking at City Hall, the city municipal lot on Old Lee Highway and North Street and at Fairfax High School.
at 7 with big band music, followed by police K-9 demonstrations and fireworks (rain date Sunday) at George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. 241-5077.
noon to 1 of the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Fairfax Resolves and the Virginia Declaration of Rights, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 Park Ave. 532-3421.
4 to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 10 Sunday, with rides, band performances, puppet shows at the Civilian Personnel Office parking lot, 16th Street and Langfitt Loop. 664-3932.
at 9 Saturday, Pullen Field, on Belvoir Road across the street from the Civilian Personnel Office (rain date Sunday).
2 to 10 with pony rides, children's games, Bob Brown puppets, bluegrass and rock bands and a horseshoe tournament at 10. Fireworks at 9:15. Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd. 922-9841.
10 to 7 with live music, games, contest, entertainment and food, Old Mill Park, Caroline Street near Falmouth Bridge, off U.S.1. Fireworks at 9:15. (rain or shine). 703/373-1776.
GREAT RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER RAFT RACE
register between 9 and noon. Featuring hand-built rafts, beginning at the Falmouth Bridge near Old Mill Park ending at the Steamboat Wharf; rain or shine; entry fee $5. Race participants under 5 should be accompanied by an adult. 703/373-1776.
National Monument Celebration, 10 to 4:30 with colonial crafts, special tours and ox-cart rides, 38 miles east of Fredricksburg via Rtes. 3 and 204. 804/224-1732.
CARNIVAL , 3 to 11 with fireworks, children's games and contests, sponsored by the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department, at Old Georgetown Pike and Walker Road. 430-8038.
at 1:30 in Kings Park near Trafalgar Court with the 45-piece Community band playing light classics and marches. 941-3019 or 430-9566.
noon to 3, featuring a puppet show, the Fairfax Symphony, a children's parade and a reading of the Declaration of Independence; $3, $1 for under 15 (rain or shine) at Colvin Run Mill Park, 10017 Colvin Run Rd. 759-2771.
FESTIVAL , noon to 4 with games, sports competition, children's activities, live entertainment and refreshments at Bruin Park, Van Buren Street and Aspen Drive. 435-6868.
8 to 9:15 concert by Brooks Paxton and fireworks at Herndon High School, Bennet Street. 435-6868.
10 p.m. Regular admission to the park is $15.95. 804/876-5000.
at 1 with 18th-century fife and drum corps parade, patriotic music and free sparklers during the lake lighting ceremony, at Tackett's Mill (1 1/2 miles north of Potomac Mills). 703/491-2611.
FIREWORKS , at Simpson Middle School, Rte. 621. 703/777-0519.
noon beginning at the Lovettsville Elementary School. 703/822-5284.
CELEBRATION , 10, craft show; noon to 8, square dancing, games and competitions, children's activities, live music and fireworks, Lovettsville Game Club grounds, Rte. 287. 703/822-5284.
6 to 8 with bluegrass Ernie Bradley and Grassy Ridge in the Lucketts Community Center gazebo (bring chairs and blankets), 8 miles north of Leesburg on U.S. 15. 703/777-8881.
10K RUN , 7, starts and ends at City Hall. Entry fee is $8 the day of the race. 703/361-0124.
PARADE , 10 starting at Mathis Avenue and Manassas Drive, ending at the Recreation Center at Costello Park, 2079 Old Centreville Rd. Festival follows the parade with children's rides and games, a baby contest and a performance by the Wichita Falls band. Fireworks at dark. 703/361-0124.
FIREWORKS , 9:15 at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike. Preceded by Town Clowns show, 8. Shuttle bus service begins at 7:30 from St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike; St. Luke Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 6801 Georgetown Pike; St. Luke's Catholic Church, 7005 Georgetown Pike, and Church of Christ, 6519 Georgetown Pike.
beginning with a dog show at 10; horseshoe tournament, 11 ; concerts by Showcase, 1 to 4, and Mystic Sounds, 5 to 9; games for children and adults; two-mile run/walk, 6 ($5, register after 4 ); 10K run, 6:45 ($10, register after 4); swimming for children and adults ($2 admission to pool), 11 to 9 all at the Middleburg Community Center, U.S. 50. Fireworks at dark.
WREATH LAYING CEREMONY
10 at the tomb of George Washington by the Sons of the American Revolution, Mount Vernon estate, at the southernmost end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. $5, $1 seniors and $2 for kids. 780-2000.
at 5 with horseshoe tournament, children's games and picnic dinner at Philomont Park on Rte. 734. 703/338-5882.
PARADE , 4 at Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave. continuing down Rte. 7, ending at Firemen's Field. 703/338-2708.
after parade featuring wagon rides, hot-air balloon rides, children's games, a greased-pig contest, demonstrations of beekeeping and the Virginia Giant four-wheel-drive car-crushing truck; Brandy Stills Band concert 4:30 to 8:30. Fireworks, 9:15 at Loudoun Valley High School. 703/338-2708.
beginning at 3, carnival rides, games and pony rides, music by Leon Morris and Associates (bluegrass) and Flagship (rock) and fireworks at Lunga Reservoir, Quantico Marine Base, Triangle. 703/640-5270.
Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr. No parking fee after 7. 471-5414.
CONCERT , 1 to 4, with the U.S. Marine Band at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. 255-1868.
OLD FASHION FOURTH
noon to 6 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE with a chili cookoff, face painting and balloon sculpture, family games and music including the Dave Arnold One Man Band, the James Brothers and the Vienna Choral Society. Fireworks at 9:15 (rain date Sunday).
OLD FASHION FOURTH , 10 to 5 along Gay Street with antiques, crafts, food, horse-drawn wagon tours, live bluegrass and mountain music throughout the day. There's an antique mobile show at 2 and a roast pig dinner beginning at 4:30; cost is $6. 703/675-3615.