These are some of the area events scheduled to celebrate Independence Day 2004. Note that not all are actually on the Fourth of July. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, but fees may apply for parking or other activities. For details about the big bash on the Mall, see Weekend's Best on Page 3.

The District

THE PALISADES -- Sunday at noon, a parade with bands, vintage cars and other units starts at MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway NW and follows MacArthur Boulevard to Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW. 202-363-7441.

Maryland

ANNAPOLIS -- Sunday noon to 5, an open house with living history portrayals, children's activities and food vendors. Sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation at William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. 410-267-7619.

ANNAPOLIS -- Sunday parade at 6:30 along downtown streets; concert at 8 by the U.S. Naval Academy Band at City Dock; fireworks over the harbor at dusk, followed by jazz bands at City Dock and Market House. Free parking with shuttles at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard. 410-263-1183.

ARNOLD -- Saturday at 8, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra with the Army Band Broadway Trio perform a holiday concert, including Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture, followed by fireworks. Anne Arundel Community College Stadium, 101 College Pkwy. 410-269-1132.

BOWIE -- Sunday: concerts by Almost Recess at 4:30 and the Reagan Years at 6:45, 8 and 9:45; fireworks at 9:15. Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr. 301-262-6200.

COCKEYSVILLE -- Saturday and Sunday at 8, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Yankee Doodle" variations, Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and other holiday music, followed by fireworks. Tickets purchased in advance $15, under 12 $7; at gate $17, under 12 $8. Parking $7. At Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Rd., at Exit 20-B off Interstate 83. 410-783-8000.

COLLEGE PARK -- Sunday at 7, a concert by the Daryl Davis Band, followed by fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the City of College Park, at Parking Lot 1 on the University of Maryland campus. 301-864-8877.

COLUMBIA -- Sunday at 6:30, entertainment by local bands, followed by fireworks at dusk. At Lake Kittamaqundi, in Columbia's Town Center. 410-740-4545.

FORT WASHINGTON -- Saturday at 7, a concert by the Fort Washington Community Choir and the National Concert Band of America. At Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington Road off Route 210, Fort Washington. 301-248-4290 or 301-763-4600.

FREDERICK -- Sunday starting at noon, entertainment on four stages, children's activities, chili cook-off, food vendors; fireworks at dusk. At Baker Park, Bentz and Second streets. 301-694-2489.

LEONARDTOWN -- Sunday at 5, entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors; fireworks at dusk. At St. Mary's County Fairgrounds on Route 5. 240-895-2024.

GREENBELT -- Sunday at 7, a concert by the Greenbelt Concert Band, followed by fireworks at dusk. At Buddy Attick Park, Crescent Road and Kenilworth Avenue. 301-397-2200.

OCEAN CITY -- Sunday at two sites: An all-day festival begins at 1 at Northside Park, 127th Street at the bay, with entertainment, a crafts fair, food vendors, children's activities, followed by fireworks over the bay at 9:30; and concerts by the Navy Cruisers at 7 and the Navy Band and Sea Chanters at 8, followed by fireworks on the boardwalk at North Division Street. 800-626-2326.

ROCKVILLE -- Sunday at 6:30, entertainment by the Rockville Concert Band, the Dixie Rascals and the Crawdaddies; fireworks at 9:30. At Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 240-314-5022.

ST. MARY'S CITY -- Friday at 7, Jeffrey Silberschlag conducts the Chesapeake Orchestra with soprano Kishna Davis in music by Gershwin and Ellington, followed by fireworks over St. Mary's River. At Townhouse Green, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Route 5, St. Mary's City. 240-895-2024.

SHADY SIDE -- Sunday at 1, concert by the Bay Winds Concert Band, with food vendors and children's activities. At Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Rd. 410-867-4486.

SHARPSBURG -- Saturday at 7:30, Elizabeth Schulze conducts the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in a "Salute to Independence," including Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," followed by fireworks at about 9:45. WETA personality Robert Aubry Davis is emcee. At Antietam National Battlefield, on Route 65 at Starke Avenue; parking with shuttles available at C&O Canal parking lot on Route 34. 301-797-4000.

TAKOMA PARK -- Monday: parade at 10 along Carroll Avenue, with bands, floats, antique cars and other units; concert at 7:30 by the Takoma Park Municipal Band, followed by fireworks, at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd. 301-891-7100.

WESTMINSTER -- Sunday starting at noon, entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors, exhibits, children's activities, farmhouse tours; fireworks at 9:30. Daytime museum admission $3, ages 7 to 18 $2, seniors and under 7 free; after 5 p.m., $5 per car. At Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645.

WHEATON -- Sunday at 7, entertainment, food vendors, children's activities; fireworks at 9:30. At Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. 240-777-8115.

Virginia

ALEXANDRIA -- July 10 from 4 to 10, the "USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration," with food vendors, entertainment and other activities; concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9, followed by fireworks over the Potomac. At Oronoco Bay Park, 701 N. Lee St., at the Potomac River. 703-883-4686.

FAIRFAX -- Saturday: parade at 10 from Massey Building through downtown Fairfax along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street; "Old Fashioned Fireman's Day" from 1 to 5, with demonstrations of firefighting and emergency techniques and equipment at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Dr.; "Cops and Kids on Bikes Ice Cream Social" from 2 to 4 at Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Hwy.; starting at 7, entertainment by the City of Fairfax Band and New Censation, followed by fireworks, at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. Free parking with shuttles from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at George Mason University, W.T. Woodson High School and Fairfax United Methodist Church, with return shuttles after the parade; evening parking with shuttles opens at 6 at W.T. Woodson High School. 703-385-7949 or 703-385-7858.

FALLS CHURCH -- Sunday: entertainment at 7, fireworks at 9. At George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. 703-248-5178 or 703-248-5077.

FORT BELVOIR -- Sunday at 4, "Freedom Fest," with children's parade, entertainment by the Army Materiel Command Concert Band and food vendors; fireworks at 9:30. On Parade Field 2 on the grounds of Fort Belvoir, on U.S. 1 about 13 miles south of Alexandria. 703-805-3030.

FRANCONIA -- Sunday at 6, entertainment, food vendors and children's activities; fireworks at dusk. Parking $1. At Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd. 703-922-9841.

FREDERICKSBURG -- Two-day "Heritage Festival." Saturday 10 to 4, street festival on Sophia Street between Wolfe and George streets, with parade, entertainment, crafts fair, chili cook-off, food vendors; river raft race. Sunday 6:30 to 10:30, entertainment, children's activities, crafts fair and food vendors at sites throughout downtown Fredericksburg; fireworks at 9:30 in Brooks Park. 800-678-4748 or 540-372-1216.

HERNDON -- Sunday at 6:30, entertainment, food vendors, crafts and children's activities; fireworks at 9:30. At Bready Park, adjacent to Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 703-435-6868.

LEESBURG -- Sunday at 5, entertainment, carnival games, children's activities and food vendors; fireworks at 9:30. At Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Dr., off U.S. 15. 703-777-1368.

MANASSAS -- Sunday at 6, entertainment, traveling aquarium, games, climbing wall and food vendors; concert by Fancy Pants at 6; fireworks at 9:15. In Old Town Manassas. 703-361-6599.

MOUNT VERNON -- Sunday 8 to 5, period music, wreath-laying ceremony by Sons of the American Revolution and concert by the National Concert Band of America. $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 through 11 $5, younger free. At Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, eight miles south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

THE PLAINS -- Sunday at 4, pony races, pony rides and other children's activities; food vendors, crafts demonstrations and vendors; entertainment; model airplane flights; model rocket launches; polo match at 7; fireworks at dusk. $30 per car in advance, $40 at the gate, for up to six people, $10 per additional person; ages 6 and under free. At Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., on Route 245 south of Interstate 66, Exit 31. 540-253-5001.

PURCELLVILLE -- Sunday: From 10 to 8, entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors and children's activities at Purcellville Plaza, North Maple and Main streets; fireworks at dusk at Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr. 540-338-7973.

RESTON -- Sunday, fireworks at 9. At Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr. 703-471-5415.

VIENNA -- Sunday: entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors, children's activities, classic car show from noon to 5; concert by the Vienna Community Band at 8; fireworks at 9:15. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. 703-255-6360.

The Shriners took their mini-cars for a spin during last year's Independence Day Parade in Fairfax.