Parades are for slowpokes. Earn that Fourth of July barbecue at one of these road races Wednesday morning.
The Firecracker 5K celebrates freedom by giving out a bunch of freebies. Runners who pay the registration fee get complimentary massages, a breakfast spread and downloadable race photos. Potomac River Running Store, Reston Town Center, 11911 Democracy Drive, Reston, Va.; 8 a.m., $35; Prraces.com/firecracker.
If helping others is what gets you going, you can raise money for autism research and advocacy by running the Autism Speaks 5K. There’s also a 1-mile walk, if that’s more your speed. Potomac Village Library parking lot, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, Md.; 8 a.m., $15-35; AutismSpeaks5k.org.
The closer you are in age to America itself, the sooner you get to start running at the D.C. Road Runners’ Age Handicapped 4-miler. Winners take home random goodies contributed by participants as well as cherry, apple and blueberry pies. Register today by 6 p.m. Carderock Recreation Area, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Potomac, Md.; 8 a.m., $5; Dcroadrunners.org.
Bring the little ones along for the Let Freedom Run 5K and Kids Dash at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center in Virginia. The race is organized by the Capital Running Company. Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, 11900 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, Va.; 5K starts at 9 a.m., Kids Dash starts at 10 a.m., $15-$25; Runwashington.com/let-freedom-run-5k.