INDEPENDENCE DAY EXPRESS: The Virginia Railway Express will run trains at regular fares from Virginia to the Mall in Washington in time for patrons to see the fireworks and return. The Fredericksburg line will stop at Fredericksburg, 5:30 p.m.; Leeland Rd., 5:36 p.m.; Brooke, 5:41 p.m.; Quantico, 5:53 p.m.; Rippon, 6:02 p.m.; Woodbridge, 6:07 p.m.; Lorton, 6:13 p.m.; Franconia/Springfield, 6:19 p.m.; Alexandria, 6:28 p.m.; Crystal City, 6:36 p.m.; L'Enfant, 6:40 p.m.; and Union Station, 6:50 p.m.

The Manassas line stops at Broad Run, 5:25 p.m.; Manassas, 5:33 p.m.; Manassas Park, 5:39 p.m.; Burke Centre, 5:52 p.m.; Rolling Rd., 5:56 p.m.; Backlick Rd., 6:03 p.m.; Alexandria, 6:15 p.m.; Crystal City, 6:23 p.m.; L'Enfant, 6:27 p.m.; and Union Station, 6:37 p.m.

Return trains on the Fredericksburg line stop at Union Station, 10:10 p.m.; L'Enfant, 10:20 p.m.; Crystal City, 10:26 p.m.; Alexandria, 10:33 p.m.; Franconia/Springfield, 10:41 p.m.; Lorton, 10:48 p.m.; Woodbridge, 10:55 p.m.; Rippon, 11 p.m.; Quantico, 11:09 p.m.; Brooke, 11:19 p.m.; Leeland Rd., 11:25 p.m.; and Fredericksburg, 11:32 p.m.

Return trains on the Manassas line stop at Union Station, 10:20 p.m.; L'Enfant, 10:30 p.m.; Crystal City, 10:36 p.m.; Alexandria, 10:43 p.m.; Backlick Rd., 10:53 p.m.; Rolling Rd., 10:58 p.m.; Burke Centre, 11:03 p.m.; Manassas Park, 11:16 p.m.; Manassas, 11:23 p.m.; and Broad Run, 11:30 p.m. 703-684-0400; 800-743-3873; TTY, 703-684-0551;

Fauquier County

GREAT MEADOW FIREWORKS: Watch an air show with giant-scale radio-controlled airplanes, the presidential helicopter, hot-air balloons, Wright Brothers-style planes; view a Civil War encampment and cavalry charge; polo; and fireworks set to patriotic music. Gates open 4 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains. $40 a car containing up to six people; in advance, $30 a car; adults, $10 each; children younger than 6, free. 540-253-5001 or

WARRENTON CHILDREN'S PARADE: Non-motorized parade, 10 a.m., from Fifth and Main to the courthouse, with the Loudoun Fife and Drum Corps. Ice cream and popsicles will be handed out to children after the parade. 540-349-8606 or


U.S. AND ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: July 9. Take along lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic meal for the celebration, 6-10:30 p.m. Moon bounce, firetruck slide, dunk tank, bouncy boxing and music by the Capital Focus Jazz Band, 6 p.m.; Park and Recreation Commission award ceremony and cutting of birthday cakes by City Council members, 7:30 p.m.; then swing music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra followed by 10 p.m. fireworks and Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture complete with cannon fire. Oronoco Bay Park, 7 N. Lee St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844 or 703-883-4686.

PARROT HEAD FIREWORKS CRUISE: The Washington Area Parrot Head Club hosts a tropical-theme Potomac River cruise on the Cherry Blossom to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Entertainment by Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band and Randy Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys; buffet and beverages included. Departs from the Alexandria City Dock behind the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. $89. 703-801-3154, or

Fairfax County

MOUNT VERNON CELEBRATION: Tours of the estate, musical performances, a wreath laying ceremony, birthday cake and reenactors from the 1st Virginia Regiment, the 1st Maryland Regiment, the 2nd New Jersey Regiment and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy., Mount Vernon. $11; seniors, $10.50; children ages 6-11, $5; children ages 5 and younger, free. 703-780-2000.

FORT BELVOIR FREEDOM FEST: Food vendors and live music, 4 p.m.; take along a blanket to watch the fireworks in comfort, 9:30 p.m. P-2 parade field entrance at Woodlawn Road gate off Richmond Highway, Fort Belvoir. Free. 703-805-3378 or visit

Prince William County

CELEBRATE AMERICA: Music, games, food and fireworks sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas Inc., 6-10 p.m. VRE parking lot, Prince William and Battle streets, Manassas. Free. 703-361-6599.

MANASSAS PARK FOURTH: Kids' games and rides, 5 p.m.-nightfall. Anthony James Band, 5 p.m.; magic show, 7 p.m.; music by Aces and 8s, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at nightfall. Pets on leashes are permitted. No alcohol or personal fireworks. Free shuttle buses will run along Manassas Drive. Unlimited rides and games, $5; parking, $3 a car. Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Dr., Manassas Park. 703-335-8872.

QUANTICO INDEPENDENCE DAY: Events at Lunga Park are open to the public. DJ, 2-10 p.m.; music by Bittersweet, 3-7 p.m.; food and beverages, 4-9 p.m.; carnival rides, 4:30-8:30 p.m.; Quantico MCB Rock Band, 7:15-9:15 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m. No personal fireworks allowed. Lunga Park, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Quantico. Free. 703-784-9454.