These are some of the area events scheduled to celebrate Independence Day 2005. Note that not all are actually on the Fourth of July. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, but fees may be charged 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 -- Monday at 11, a parade with bands, vintage cars and other units starts at MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway NW and follows MacArthur to Palisades Recreation Center, at Sherier and Dana places NW, where a picnic continues through the afternoon. 202-363-7441.


ANNAPOLIS -- Monday from noon to 5, an open house with living history portrayals, children's activities and food vendors; readings of the Declaration of Independence at 1 and 3. Sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation at William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. 410-267-7619.

ANNAPOLIS -- Monday, a parade through downtown streets at 6, the U.S. Naval Academy Band performs at City Dock at 8, and fireworks over the harbor about 9:15. Free parking with shuttles at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard. 410-263-1183.

ARNOLD -- Saturday, concerts by the Anne Arundel Community College Singers at 4:30, the Latin band Solazo at 6 and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at 8, followed by a 20-minute fireworks display. Siegert Field, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy. 410-269-1132.

BALTIMORE -- Monday, antique car show from noon to 5, Shriners' Celebration Parade along Pratt Street from 1 to 6, concert by Radiant at 7, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9:30. At the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre, Pratt and Light streets, and nearby sites. 877-225-8466.

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

COCKEYSVILLE -- Sunday and Monday at 8, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Yankee Doodle" variations, Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and other holiday music, followed by fireworks. $15, younger than 12 $7. Parking $8. At Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Rd., at Exit 20-B off Interstate 83. 410-783-8000.

COLLEGE PARK -- Monday 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 -- Monday, fireworks at dusk. At Lake Kittamaqundi, on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia's Town Center. 410-740-4545.

FORT WASHINGTON -- Saturday at 7, a concert by the Fort Washington Community Choir and the City of Fairfax Band. At Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. 301-763-4600.

FREDERICK -- Monday starting at noon, entertainment on four stages by the Grandsons, the Reagan Years and other local bands, chili cook-off, children's activities, food vendors; fireworks about 9:15. At Baker Park, Bentz and Second streets; free parking with shuttles at Harry Grove Stadium and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. 301-694-2489.

GAITHERSBURG -- Monday at 7, a concert by Great Expectations, followed by fireworks. At Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Route 355 and Perry Parkway. 301-258-6350.

GREENBELT -- Monday 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.

LEONARDTOWN -- Monday at 5, entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors; fireworks at dusk. At St. Mary's County Fairgrounds on Route 5. 301-475-4200.

OCEAN CITY -- Monday at two sites: A festival begins at 5 at Northside Park, 127th Street at the bay, with games, a crafts fair and food vendors, followed by fireworks over the bay at 9:30; and a concert by the Air Force Mid-Atlantic Band at 8 on the Boardwalk at North Division Street, followed by fireworks. 800-626-2326.

ROCKVILLE -- Monday starting at 6:30, entertainment by the Rockville Concert Band, the Dixie Rascals and King Teddy; fireworks at 9:30. At Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8620.

ST. MARY'S CITY -- Friday at 7, Jeffrey Silberschlag conducts the Chesapeake Orchestra in "American Wits: The Music of Leroy Anderson and Morton Gould," 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 -- Monday starting at 1, concert by the Bay Winds Concert Band, 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 Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," followed by fireworks. 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 at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., followed by fireworks. 301-891-7100.

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

WHEATON -- Monday, concerts at 6:30 by children's duo Milkshake and at 8 by Harry Traynham, followed by fireworks about 9:20. At Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive, near Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton. 240-777-8115.


ALEXANDRIA -- July 9 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, Union and Madison streets. 703-883-4686.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Monday, parade at 10 from Massey Building through downtown Fairfax City along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street; "Old Fashioned Fireman's Day" from 12:30 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 the Fabulous Hubcaps at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., followed by fireworks. 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; evening parking with shuttles opens at 6 at W.T. Woodson High School. 703-385-7949 or 703-385-7858.

FALLS CHURCH -- Monday, entertainment at 7, fireworks at 9:30. At George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. 703-248-5178 or 703-248-5077.

FORT BELVOIR -- Monday at 4, "Freedom Fest," with entertainment by the Army Materiel Command Band, food vendors; fireworks at 9:30. At Parade Field 2, Fort Belvoir, on U.S. 1 south of Alexandria. 703-805-3030.

FRANCONIA -- Monday at 5, entertainment, food vendors and children's activities; fireworks at 9. Parking $4. At Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd. 703-922-9841.

FREDERICKSBURG -- Monday starting at 8 a.m., entertainment, children's activities, crafts fair and food vendors at sites throughout downtown Fredericksburg; fireworks at 9:15 launched from Brooks Park, best viewing at Pratt and Old Mill parks. 800-678-4748.

HERNDON -- Monday at 6:30, entertainment, food vendors, children's activities; fireworks at 9:30. Free parking at Herndon Middle School and St. Joseph's Church. At Bready Park, adjacent to Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 703-435-6868.

LEESBURG -- Monday, parade at noon along King Street; concert by Kevin Davis & Ban Caribe and Casper at 5 at Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Dr., followed by fireworks at 9:30. $2, ages 6 and younger free. 703-777-1368.

MANASSAS -- Monday at 6, concert by Fancy Pants, climbing wall, children's activities, food vendors around the Train Depot and Manassas Museum in Old Town; fireworks at 9:15. 703-361-6599.

MCLEAN -- Monday at 6, a free family festival with music by the U.S. Navy Band's Commodores, field games and food vendors. Fireworks begin at 9:15. Sponsored by the McLean Community Center at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike. 703-790-0123.

MOUNT VERNON -- Monday, a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 by Sons of the American Revolution, concert at 11 by the National Concert Band of America, military drills at 12:15 by reenactment units. Estate open 8 to 5. $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 through 11 $5, younger free. At Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, about eight miles south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

THE PLAINS -- Monday starting at 4, pony rides and other children's activities; entertainment; tethered hot-air balloon rides; radio-controlled airplanes; a Civil War cavalry charge; food vendors; fireworks choreographed to music at dusk. $30 per car in advance, $40 at the gate, for up to six people, $10 per additional person; ages 6 and younger free. At Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., on Route 245 south of Interstate 66, Exit 31. 540-253-5001.

PURCELLVILLE -- Sunday 2 to 7 and Monday noon to 7, entertainment, crafts fair, food vendors and children's activities at Purcellville Plaza, North Maple and Main streets; fireworks Monday at dusk at Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr. 540-751-1050.

RESTON -- Monday, fireworks at about 9:15. At Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr. 703-471-5415.

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

West Virginia

HARPERS FERRY -- Saturday noon to 4, Sunday noon to 3, "America's Picnic: Celebrating the Glorious Fourth," a portrait of Independence Day 1860, with living history performances, militia demonstrations, ranger-guided tours; brass band concerts Saturday at noon and 4. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, U.S. 340. 304-535-6748.