ON THE MALL, Independence Day parade begins at noon at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and ends at 17th Street and Constitution; Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife on the Mall, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; concert, 4 p.m., featuring blues, Hawaiian song, bluegrass, gospel and other music forms, with John Jackson, the Sons of Hawaii, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, Ralph Stanley, the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, Eddie Bo and Ernie K-Doe, and Shirley Caesar and the Caesar Singers; Mall fireworks, 9:10 p.m. Use of Metro is advised. 202-619-7222.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT, Barry Bostwick will join the National Symphony Orchestra and director Erich Kunzel, with performances by Kenny G., the Temptations Review, Nell Carter, Maureen McGovern and Jo Dee Messina; this year's events celebrate the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael, 8 p.m., west lawn of the Capitol; bring a blanket or lawn chair. 202-619-7222 or visit the PBS Web site at www.pbs.org/capitolfourth.

AIR AND SPACE BAND CONCERT, the U.S. Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants, performing George M. Cohan's "Big Three," John Williams's "The Dream Lives On," Morton Gould's "American Salute," Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Wilhousky's "Battle Hymn of the Republic," bring a blanket or lawn chair, 6 p.m., on the north terrace outside the National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

PALISADES AREA PARADE, with council members, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the Washington Scottish Bagpipers, Different Drummers marching band, the Washington Swing Dancers, clowns, a fire engine, vintage cars, children riding decorated bicycles, horseback rides, a moon bounce, hot dogs, juice and watermelon, 11:30 a.m., parade starts at U Street NW and MacArthur Boulevard, proceeding along MacArthur to the Palisades Park and Recreation Center at Sherie and Dana places NW. 202-966-7555.

DRAMATIC READING AND CONCERT, the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performing American music, with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and a demonstration of Revolutionary War military tactics, 10 a.m., steps of the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202-619-7222.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Monday concert with cathedral organist and choirmaster Douglas Major performing the National Anthem, marches and other American compositions, 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.

JAZZ FESTIVAL, featuring Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Bobby Parker, the J Street Jumpers and DKGB, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora, Nils Petter Movaer, Jane Bunnett, Craig Harris and Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. Free. 202-619-7222 or visit the Web site at www.jazzarts.org.

NATIONAL FREEDOM FEST '99, featuring food and performances by Violent Femmes, Fighting Gravity, 2 Skinny J's, Jimmies Chicken Shack, the Ernies, Fetish, Modern Yesterday, Mary Prankster, SEV, Mile Post Nine, Carbon Leaf, Soul Purpose, Colouring Lesson, Citizen Cope, Sampson, Good Night Gracie and Gonzo's Nose, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., MCI Center, F Street between Sixth and Ninth streets NW, at Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop; $10 with donation of canned goods, $12 without the donation. 703-242-3648 or visit the Web site at www.shackevents.com.

ANNE ARUNDEL

ST. MICHAELS BIG BAND NIGHT, Saturday event, food and dancing outdoors to the music of the Rhythm Doctors; fireworks over the Miles River; buy food or bring your own picnic, as well as lawn chairs and blanket, 7 to 10 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. $6. 410-745-2916.

ANNAPOLIS CELEBRATION, parade starting at St. Johns Street, proceeding down Main Street to Randall Street, ending at the U.S. Naval Academy, 6:30 p.m.; concert by the U.S. Naval Academy Band at Farragut Field, Naval Academy, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m., over Annapolis Harbor. Free parking and shuttle bus service at Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard. 410-263-1183, or www.ci.annapolis.md.us.

FORT MEADE CARNIVAL, games, food, carnival rides, magic and puppet shows, clowns, auto show and live music, noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, McGlachlin Field, Mapes Road at Cooper Avenue, Fort Meade. 800-662-4012.

SHADY SIDE OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH, parade begins at 11 a.m. at the post office on Shady Side Road, followed by a baking contest, a Bay Winds Band concert and games for children; sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society Inc., Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 East-West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side. 301-261-5234.

HOWARD AND TOWSON

TOWSON INDEPENDENCE PARADE, on Saturday, parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard, proceeds north on Bosley, turns east on Allegheny Avenue, then south on Washington Avenue in front of the Baltimore County Circuit Court House. At 10 a.m., children can register at the Towson University Health Center parking lot to ride their bikes in the parade. 410-832-2190.

COLUMBIA CELEBRATION, live bands, face-painting, food, vendors, 2 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Lake Kittamaqundi, Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Parking available on the lakefront and at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and after 6 p.m. at Columbia Mall, $5. 410-740-4545.

MONTGOMERY

GERMANTOWN FEST, Saturday celebration, entertainment by Powerhouse, a 10-piece, zoot-suited band playing R&B, swing and pop, 7 to 9 p.m.; fireworks, after sunset, Seneca Valley High School, Route 118 and Middlebrook Drive, Germantown. Bring chairs or blankets. 301-217-6798.

ROCKVILLE CELEBRATION, fireworks and musical entertainment by the Rockville Concert Band, Dixie Rascals and Full Circle, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 301-309-3330.

WHEATON FIREWORKS and musical entertainment, a moon bounce, a giant slide, a puppet show, face-painting and other activities, 6:30 to 10 p.m.; fireworks, after sunset, University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton. Bring chairs or blankets. 301-217-6798.

TAKOMA PARK PARADE, 10 a.m. to noon Monday, floats, bands, antique cars, drill teams, drum corps, fire engines and clowns, starting at Ethan Allen and Carroll avenues, proceeding to Maple Avenue, then Sherman Avenue; grand marshals are basketball stars Steve Francis and Jason Miskiri; performers include the City of Washington Pipe Band, the Dunloggin Pipe Band, the Old Line Band, the Pantastic Pan Grove Steel Band, the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band of Washington and the Image Band. Fireworks will not be held this year because of nearby construction. 301-270-6876.

PRINCE GEORGE'S

LAUREL PARADE AND FIREWORKS, Saturday parade begins at 11 a.m. at Sixth and Montgomery streets and continues on Fourth Street to Montgomery Ward & Co. at Cherry Lane; parade review stand is behind Montgomery Ward; plus children's games and other activities, and live music with the Fabulous Hubcaps and Wayne Brown's 2nd Conspiracy, 3 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m., Gude Park in Laurel Lakes off U.S. Route 1 and Cherry Lane. 301-490-5207,

www.rdspecial.com/laurel4th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA, 6 p.m. Saturday, with America and Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron at Prince George's Stadium on Route 301, quarter-mile south of Route 50. Tickets, $25, $35, $40. 202-432-7328.

BOWIE FESTIVAL, beginning at 3:30 p.m.; children's entertainment; music by Doug Cooke and D.C. Flurries, the New Romanos and Jim Hossick; address by Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson; fireworks at dusk; more music from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m., Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. Rain date, Monday. 301-262-6200.

COLLEGE PARK CONCERT AND FIREWORKS, concert by Redstone, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Lot 1, University of Maryland, College Park. Rain date for fireworks only, Monday. 301-864-8877.

GREENBELT CONCERT AND FIREWORKS, concert by the Greenbelt Concert band, 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk; "Buddy" Attick Park, Crescent Road (one block from Kenilworth Avenue, near the city public works building, 555 Crescent Rd.), Greenbelt. Rain date, Monday. 301-474-8000.

ARLINGTON

JAZZ IN ROSSLYN, performances by Slim Man, Destiny, Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering and Brian Hughes, 1 p.m. until dusk; Gateway Park between Lee Highway and North Lynn Street. Views of D.C. fireworks available in Rosslyn. 703-228-6960.

NEWSEUM HISTORIC NEWSPAPER PROGRAM, historian Mark Mitchell displays and discusses 18th-century newspapers containing reports of the passage of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 2:30 p.m.; Broadcast Studio, the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-284-3752.

ARLINGTON BELL RINGING, members of the public are invited to ring a community bell that symbolizes the Liberty Bell, noon; Constitution Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard. 703-528-0950.

FAIRFAX COUNTY

VIENNA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, an arts and crafts exhibit, a chili cook-off, music, a magic show, games and more, noon to 6 p.m.; Vienna Community Band concert, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.; Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. 703-255-6360.

CENTREVILLE DAY, parade, starting at Centreville Crossing Center and ending at Centreville High School, 10 a.m.; bicycle rodeo, 11 a.m.; children's playground activities, arts and crafts, bands, a pie-eating contest, an egg toss and a softball challenge between the coaches from area youth associations and food, noon to 6 p.m., Braddock District Park, 1234 Braddock Rd., Clifton; music bands, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m., Centreville High School stadium, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. 703-631-3266, Ext. 123.

BELVOIR FREEDOM FEST, a Volksmarch, 8 a.m.; a softball tournament, pony rides, face-painting and food, 2 to 9 p.m., Fort Belvoir Pullen Field; marathon bingo, 4 to 8 p.m., Fort Belvoir Community Club; fireworks, 9:20 p.m., Fort Belvoir. For Volksmarch information, call 703-805-3714; for specific times and events, call Maryann Hodges at 703-805-4137.

FRANCONIA EXTRAVAGANZA, games, live music, international food, 4 to 10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd., Franconia. Parking, $3. 703-922-9841.

LAKE FAIRFAX PARK FIREWORKS, 9:15 p.m.; Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5414.

MCLEAN FIREWORKS, music, tug-of-war, water-balloon toss, potato-sack races and food, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.; Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean; limited parking at Langley High School and satellite parking at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, (shuttle bus service from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. between the church parking lot and Langley High School). 703-790-0123.

MOUNT VERNON FEST, a wreath-laying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution, 10:15 a.m.; the annual Red, White and Blue Celebration concert by the National Concert Band of America, 11 a.m., Mount Vernon, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. $8; $7.50, seniors; $4, ages 6 to 11; free, ages 5 and younger. 703-780-2000.

HERNDON CELEBRATION, a tug-of-war, sack races, bingo, free hot dogs and lemonade, and performances by the music group Vintage Blend, magician Tom Lilly, the Unicycle Lady and the Beale Street Puppets, noon to 4 p.m., Bready Park on Ferndale Avenue; music by the group Time Machine, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:20 p.m.; Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St., Herndon. 703-435-6868.

FAIRFAX CITY

FAIRFAX CITY CELEBRATION on Saturday, parade through downtown, 10 a.m.; an Old Fashioned Fireman's Day Celebration with area fire companies competing using firefighting and emergency techniques, 1 to 5 p.m., Fire Station No. 3, 4081 University Dr.; performances by the City of Fairfax Band, the Woodson High School Chorus and the Fabulous Hubcaps, 7 p.m.; fireworks after sunset; Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. Shuttle bus service for the parade, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., from George Mason University, Woodson High School and Fairfax United Methodist Church; evening shuttles from Woodson High beginning at 6 p.m. 703-385-7858.

FALLS CHURCH

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, Top-40 hits, classic rock, Motown and country by the Flyers, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Rain date, Monday. 703-248-5178.

FLAG SALUTE, a tribute to the American Flag and war veterans at a World War II memorial, sponsored by Veterans Common USA; activities include reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, saluting the flag and listening to a patriotic speech, 7:30 a.m.; Washington and Old Dominion National Recreational Trail, Little Falls Road and North Four Mile Run Drive, Falls Church-Arlington area. 703-533-7823 or 703-892-6717.

LOUDOUN AND FAUQUIER

ROARING FOURTH AT GREAT MEADOW, pony races, an ice-cream-eating contest, pony rides, moon bounces, train rides and live music; plus a mock dogfight between a Russian MiG and an American jet fighter, and parachute jumpers; Great Meadow, between Middleburg and Warrenton, off Interstate 66, Exit 31. 540-253-5001.

OLD TOWN WARRENTON FOURTH OF JULY FEST, children's and pets' parade, music by the Loudoun Border Guards, 1:30 p.m.; ice cream, popcorn, ribbons and dog biscuits after the parade; participants are given decorating materials at 1 p.m. to use on their mode of transportation, no motorized vehicles allowed; Main Street, historic Warrenton. 540-349-8606.

PIEDMONT FAMILY FAIR, a horse and carriage parade, pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, a vintage car and airplane show, hayrides, nature walks, antiques, wine-tasting, a dog show, a farmers' market, arts and crafts, farm animals, fly-fishing, food and entertainment, including Caribbean music by the Pan Masters, old-time country string music by the Shenandoah Travelers, country folk by Linda and the Lucky 4 and Dixieland jazz by Aristotle McIntyre; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Airlie Conference Center, just outside of Warrenton on Route 605 (Airlie Road). $10 a car. 540-347-2334.

LEESBURG INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, pony rides, wagon rides, food, nature hikes, tours of the late 1700s historic Lanesville house, 3 p.m. until sunset; entertainment by the Daryl Davis Band, 5 p.m., and the Fabulous Hubcaps, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; wagon-decoration contest for ages 2 to 10, 6:30 p.m.; Ida Lee Park, business Route 15, just north of Leesburg's historic district; field parking off North King Street (Route 15). $2; free, ages 6 and younger. 703-777-1368.