8 a.m., Reston Town Center
There will be live music, face painting, waving flags and free massages, as well as a race. Come out and root for your favorite military branch in the “Battle of the Branches” competition. Potomac River Running will make a donation to the USO on behalf of the branch with the most runners in the race.
More details and registration on Potomac River Running’s race site.
Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.
8 a.m. – 5K Walk/Run — Great Falls Freedom Memorial (Library Grounds). Register the morning of race.
8 a.m. – 1:30pm – INOVA Blood Drive — Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Everyone who completes the donor screening procedure will receive a $10 Gas Card. Photo ID required.
9 a.m. – Little Patriot Parade, Village Centre Green (at the Gazebo) — Babies and Toddlers up to age 5 are welcome to parade their finest patriotic display around the Green. Awards for “Young George Washington,” Little Miss Betsy Ross,” and “The Star Spangled Family.”
10 a.m. – Main Parade, Great Falls Village Centre — See the floats, horses, antique cars and pets in the main parade.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Festivities, Food & Fun, Village Centre Green. After the parade, enjoy burgers, dogs and sno cones along with music, field games and festivities on the Village Centre Green with your Great Falls neighbors.
Herndon Community Center/Bready Park, 814 Ferndale Ave.
6:30 p.m. – Face painting, balloon animals, bingo and crafts. Festival foods will be available for sale.
7 p.m. – Live music with The Plaids Band.
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks set to music. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No pets.
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston
Park open all day, including carousel and Water Mine.
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Free admission. Arrive early to get a good seat.
120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna (Yeonas Park – Southside Park)
Festival at the Community Center, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment at Yeonas Park, 7 p.m. Fireworks at Southside Park, 9:15 p.m.
The day’s activities include a flea market of arts and crafts, food and drink, music, family games, children’s entertainment, antique and classic car display and of course, fireworks at Southside Park.
For more ideas, including events in Washington, D.C., check this list from the Fairfax Convention and Visitors Center.
Photo: Fireworks/Credit: ARLnow.com file photo