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.

The District

ON THE MALL: An Independence Day parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and end at 17th Street and Constitution. The 38th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Mall, featuring dance, song, food, crafts and more. Fireworks launched from the Reflecting Pool grounds will start at 9:10 p.m. Rain date is Monday. Use of Metro is advised. For information, call 202-619-7222.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Led by conductor Erich Kunzel, the National Symphony Orchestra will play at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Barry Bostwick, the concert will also feature performances by Yolanda Adams, Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Clay Aiken and a special tribute to the late Ray Charles. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 202-619-7222 or visit the PBS Web site at www.pbs.org/capitolfourth.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: A free celebration for the nation's 228th birthday at the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Includes a reading at 10 a.m. of the Declaration of Independence on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building, followed by a patriotic musical performance, voter registration, a history book fair and exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM CONCERT: The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic music at the sixth annual Independence Day Concert. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the North Terrace outside the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL: Organist Erik Wm. Suter performs at the annual Fourth of July organ recital 11 a.m. Monday at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. For information, call 202-537-6200.

Loudoun County

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN LOVETTSVILLE: Saturday. Parade and decorated bicycle contest, 5 p.m., with music, carnival games and pony rides 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: Non-motorized parade, 4 p.m., begins 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 while listening to 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 "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 www.prideofpurcellville.com.

FRANKLIN PARK FOURTH: Firemen's Parade, 2 p.m., starting at 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 a 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 a car. 703-444-1275 or www.loudoun.gov.

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 www.leesburg4th.com.

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 open, 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. NW, Leesburg. $2; younger than 6, free. 703-777-1368 or www.idalee.org.

MIDDLEBURG EVENTS: Pool open, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $3; evening swim, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $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.

STAR-SPANGLED SOUTH RIDING: Saturday. Parade, 5 p.m., begins west on Center Street, left on Dabner Drive, left on Freedom Street and right on Donegal Drive to Conklin Community Park. Music by Maximum Velocity, a team of flatlanders, ramp riders, inline skaters and skateboarders, food available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 703-327-4390.

ASHBURN VILLAGE CELEBRATION: Parade, 10:30 a.m., begins at Fincastle Field to Ringold, onto the lake path ending at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. DJ, dunk tank, surf and slide, Mutiny on the Bounce, Rat Race Obstacle Course and sidewalk chalk art competition. Prizes. Pool and paddle boats will be open. Food available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk. $2, members; $5, guests. Bring your membership card. 703-729-0581.

WATERFORD CELEBRATION: Parade, 11 a.m., down Factory Street to Mill-Bond Street Field. 11:45 a.m., patriotic songs, speeches and awards; 12:30 p.m., refreshments and games; 6:30 p.m., potluck at the old school (bring a dish); fireworks, dusk at Schooley Mill Field. Free. 540-882-3018.

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 a car with as many as six passengers, $10 each additional passenger; in advance, $30 a car; children younger than 7, free. 540-253-5001 or www.greatmeadow.org.

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


U.S. AND ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: July 10. 4 p.m., festival celebrating ethnic diversity with food and birthday cake; 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 www.alexsym.org.

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.

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 www.fairfaxva.gov. 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.

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 www.herndonrocks.com.

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 www.mountvernon.org.

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 www.belvoirmwr.com.

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 a car. 703-335-8874.

CELEBRATE AMERICA: 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.

Frederick County, Md.

FREDERICK CELEBRATION: 21st annual Fourth of July celebration, noon, Baker Park, Second and Bentz streets. Four stages with entertainment, free children's activities, amusements, a chili cook-off, a volleyball tournament, boat rides and a fireworks display. No pets allowed. Free. 301-694-2489 or www.cityoffrederick.com/departments/SpecialEvents/july.htm.



For a list of regionwide Fourth of July events, go to the Web site www.washingtonpost.com/metro.

Spectators watch the fireworks ignite over the Lincoln Memorial.The traditional fireworks display on the Mall draws thousands.In 2001, Taylor Morton, left, and Christina Smart waited for the Round Hill parade to start.