Virginia Unless otherwise noted, events will be Sunday.


INDEPENDENCE DAY EXPRESS: Virginia Railway Express will run trains from Fredericksburg (starting at 5:30 p.m.) and from Manassas (starting at 5:35 p.m.) to Union Station and L'Enfant Plaza, stopping at the usual stations. Last train leaves Union Station at 10:20 p.m.


U.S. AND ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: July 10. Festival celebrating ethnic diversity with food and birthday cake, 4 p.m.; swing dancers and music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., ending with the "1812" Overture and cannon fire, 9 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. Oronoco Bay Park, Union and Madison streets. 703-883-4686 or

Arlington County

ARLINGTON BELL RINGING: The public is invited to ring a community bell symbolizing the Liberty Bell, noon. Constitution Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard. 703-527-6118.

BARCROFT PARADE: Monday. A parade begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St., Arlington. It will include the Virginia National Guard color guard, Girl Scouts, Barcroft Neighborhood Marching Band, fiddlers, grand marshal Uncle Sam, fire engines and a baby brigade. Afterward, there will be a magic show in the community house, a picnic, singing of the national anthem and a performance by a local teenage rock band. 703-979-8247.

Fairfax City

FOREVER THE EAGLE SOARS HIGH: Saturday. Fairfax begins its Independence Day celebration at 10 a.m. with a parade starting at the Massey Building and winding down Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street. It will feature the Washington Redskins Marching Band and the Polish American String Band. Firemen's competitions and demonstrations, 1-5 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Dr. Cops and Kids on Bikes ice cream social, 2-4 p.m. at Van Dyck Park, next to the Wood Complex at 3730 Old Lee Hwy. Music by the City of Fairfax Band and New Censation, 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at dark at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. Fireworks rain date, Sunday. Open houses will be held Saturday at the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center, 10209 Main St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10386 Main St., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Legato School, 4000 Chain Bridge Rd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shuttles will be available from Woodson High School to Fairfax High School for the evening show. 703-385-7949 or For handicapped parking and seating, call 703-385-7858.

Fairfax County

LAKE FAIRFAX FIREWORKS: Fireworks, 9-9:30 p.m. Rain date, Monday. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5415.

LEE DISTRICT FIREWORKS: Live music, international food and fireworks, 6-10 p.m. Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd., Franconia. 703-922-9841.

VIENNA FOURTH OF JULY: Arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, pony rides, moon bounce, giant slide, music by the Fabulous Cruisers, noon-5 p.m.; Bob Brown Puppets, 1 p.m.; magic with Amazing Mauny, 2 p.m.; balloon sculpture, 2:45 p.m.; storytelling, 3:15 p.m.; Lawrence the Magician, 4 p.m.; antique and classic car show, noon-4 p.m.; family games, 2:30 p.m.; greased pole climb, 4 p.m.; Vienna Community Band, 8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. Rain date for fireworks only, Monday. 703-255-6360.

HERNDON CELEBRATIONS: Two Herndon parks -- Bready Park, 814 Ferndale Ave., and the Town Green, Eldon and Lynn streets -- will feature activities starting at 6:30 p.m. Bready events will include children's activities, arts and crafts, strolling entertainment and music by the Fabulous Bel Airs. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. at Bready (but also visible from the Town Green). At the Town Green, rock bands will play until 10 p.m. Food available at both sites. 703-435-6868 or

RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION: 18th-century patriotic music, a wreath laying by the Sons of the American Revolution, music by the National Concert Band of America and free birthday cake while supplies last, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy., Mount Vernon. 703-780-2000 or

FORT BELVOIR'S FREEDOM FEST: 10K Volksmarch registration, 8 a.m.-noon; Dollar Day at the pool, noon-4 p.m.; food and craft vendors, 4-10 p.m.; children's parade, 6 p.m.; music by Night Watch, 4-8 p.m.; Army Materiel Command's Concert Band, 8-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.; and bowling, 9:30-11 p.m. Fireworks rain date, Monday. Fort Belvoir, Parade Field 2, Route 1. Enter at the Woodlawn Road gate off Route 1. 703-805-3030 or

Falls Church

CITY OF FALLS CHURCH INDEPENDENCE DAY: Entertainment, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Food, drinks and glow sticks will be sold. Rain date, Monday. George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-248-5178.

READING YOUR RIGHTS: Readings of George Mason's Fairfax Resolves, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the U.S. Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, noon. City Council Chambers, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church. 703-532-0884.

Fauquier County

GREAT MEADOW INDEPENDENCE DAY: Fireworks choreographed to music, rocketry events, pony races and rides, polo games, a petting zoo, children's games, face painting, hayrides, children's theater, barbershop choral singing, a rain machine, ice-cream-eating contests, crafts and demonstrations. Open 4-10 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains. $40 per car up to six passengers, $10 each additional passenger; in advance, $30 per car; children younger than 7, free. 540-253-5001 or

WARRENTON CHILDREN'S PARADE: Parade begins 1 p.m. at Fifth and Main streets and continues down Main to the courthouse, followed by performances by the Loudoun Border Guards and members of the Warrenton Chorale. 540-349-8606.

Loudoun County

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN LOVETTSVILLE: Saturday. Parade and decorated bike contest, 5 p.m., with musical performances, carnival games and pony rides afterward until 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food concessions and a silent auction will benefit a campaign to develop Lovettsville Park. Lovettsville Community Center ball field, 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. Adults, free; children younger than 3, $3; children 3-14, $5. 540-822-5284.

ROUND HILL PARADE AND PIG ROAST: Saturday. Parade, 9:30 a.m., followed by music and children's activities at Loudoun Street Park, Business Route 7 and Route 719. Pig roast to benefit the Round Hill Fire Department, 4-7 p.m. at the fire station, 4 Main St., Round Hill. Meal: $10; seniors, $8; younger than 13, $5. 540-338-1640.

LINCOLN PARADE: A non-motorized parade begins at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 18048 Lincoln Rd., Purcellville, and travels Lincoln Road to Goose Creek Friends Meeting House, ending with singing, a potluck picnic, children's games and a dessert contest. Volunteers needed. 540-338-6528.

HILLSBORO COMMUNITY FESTIVITIES: Bring a picnic meal or donate money for hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, soft drinks, ice cream and cookies; bluegrass music by Orange Line Special, 6:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. Cub Scouts will lead a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. Donations requested. 540-668-6336.

PRIDE OF PURCELLVILLE: Carnival rides, games and food tastings, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Purcellville Plaza, Maple Avenue, Purcellville. 540-751-1050 or

FRANKLIN PARK FOURTH: Firemen's Parade, 2 p.m., from Firemen's Field to the fire station on Maple Avenue; musical performances in Franklin Park featuring First International Children and Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Fabulous Sensations, 6 p.m.; fireworks accompanied by the Loudoun Symphonic Winds, 9:20 p.m. Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville. $5 per carload. 540-338-7973.

OL' FASHIONED FOURTH: Activities, including music by LEA, a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by local high school student Kimberly Schwartz and the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 150, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Also, old-fashioned children's games, 10:45 a.m.; "Yankee Doodle Revue" by Carousel Puppets, 11:15 a.m.; watermelon-eating contest, noon; and "Backyards Alive!" reptile presentation, 12:45 and 2:15 p.m. The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, the Frogshackle Nature Center and the Lanesville Ordinary, or inn, will be open. There will also be pony rides, wagon rides and face painting. Use the Loudoun Park Lane entrance. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd., Sterling. $5 per car. 703-444-1275 or

LEESBURG INDEPENDENCE DAY: Saturday. Parade, 10 a.m., from Ida Lee Park, down King Street, ending at Catoctin Circle; portrayals of William Wirt, Patrick Henry and James Monroe, noon on the courthouse lawn, King and Market streets, Leesburg. 703-779-2451 or

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT IDA LEE: A festival offering children's activities, food, music and fireworks choreographed to music. No pets, alcohol, glass bottles or personal fireworks. Gates, 5 p.m.; dance band BS&M, 5:30-7:15 p.m.; hits from the 1950s through the '90s performed by Casper, 7:45-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. $2; younger than 6, free. 703-777-1368 or

MIDDLEBURG EVENTS: Pool open, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $3; evening swim, 6:30-8:30, $2; food booth and raffle by the American Legion, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Entertainment 6-9 p.m. includes Carol the Bubbling Balloonatic, an egg toss, sack races and other games. Ice cream, T-shirts and glow sticks will be sold. Fireworks, 9:15-9:30 p.m. Fireworks rain date, Monday. No pets. Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-687-6375.

Prince William County

MANASSAS PARK FOURTH: Children's rides, games, food and fireworks, 5-10 p.m. Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Dr., Manassas Park. Limited parking, $3 per car. 703-335-8874.

CELEBRATE AMERICA: Large fireworks display. Live music, children's activities including "Ocean in Motion," hayrides and food, 6-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Train Depot, 9431 West St., Manassas. 703-361-6599.

Fireworks light up the Mall during last year's Fourth of July celebrations. Northern Virginia has many fireworks displays planned for this weekend.