There will be no fireworks displays in Arlington on July 4 because of construction improvements at Barcroft Park and the renovation of the clubhouse at Washington Golf and Country Club.
Barcroft has been under renovation since January 2004. Washington Golf and Country Club plans to resume fireworks next year once its work is completed.
Popular spots in Arlington to watch the fireworks display on the National Mall are the Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima memorial), and areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River, such as Gravelly Point, that can be reached from the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
The county suggests that residents planning to watch the fireworks from Iwo Jima take Metro's Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station.
To reach Gravelly Point Park from Arlington, head south on the George Washington Memorial Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport. At the airport, circle back to head north onto the parkway toward the 14th Street Bridge. About a quarter-mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area. No glass bottles, alcohol or fireworks are allowed at Gravelly Point Park or anywhere along the parkway.
Other popular spots to watch the fireworks are Gateway Park in Rosslyn and the Key Bridge, which crosses the Potomac between Georgetown and Arlington. To get to the bridge, take Metro's Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. There's no seating at the bridge, and you can stand only on the sidewalks.
Other fireworks and activities around the area include:
* Arlington's Barcroft community will host its annual Fourth of July Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at 800 S. Buchanan St.
* In the District, there will be a parade along Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th Street NW starting at 11:45 a.m. In the evening, enjoy a fireworks display over the reflecting pool on the National Mall while listening to the National Symphony Orchestra; the fireworks start at approximately 9:10 p.m. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/nama/events/july4/july4.htm.
* George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Live music will start at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
* Fairfax City hosts an Independence Day parade through its downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., with a fireworks display at dark. For information, call 703-385-7858.
* Ida Lee Park, Route 15 (King Street) and Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Information: 703-777-1368.
* Manassas Park, 9300 Signal View Dr., Manassas. Enjoy live music, children's activities, food and fireworks, 6-9:30 p.m. Parking is $3 and limited. Information: 703-335-8872.
* Alexandria will celebrate Independence Day and the city's 256th birthday on July 9, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 7 N. Lee St., at the Potomac between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison streets. The event will feature Maestro Kim Allen Kluge and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presenting swing music of the 1930s and 1940s by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. The evening's activities will culminate with the discharging of cannons to Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture. The grand finale fireworks display will take place at 10. For information, call the city's special events hotline, 703-883-4686.