The Fourth of July is coming up next Thursday, and several festivities are planned nearby.
Here’s where to head in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls for Independence Day events.
Lake Newport Recreation area (11601 Lake Newport Road); noon-4 p.m.
A precursor to fireworks, this free event will include a DJ, contests and pool time. Pizza, popcorn and cotton candy will be available to purchase.
Reston Town Center (11911 Democracy Drive); starts at 8 a.m.
The annual race is now in its 10th year. Refreshments and live music will be offered. There will be cash awards for the top three men and women finishers ($300, $200, $100) as well as $100 for the top master runners.
Great Falls Village Centre Green (776 Walker Road); 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Great Falls has a packed schedule for its Independence Day celebrations, including a 5K starting at 8 a.m.; two parades — a kids’ parade at 9 a.m. and the main parade at 10 a.m.; and food, games and a magic show from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 6 p.m. at Turner Farm Park (925 Springvale Road).
Bready Park softball field (814 Ferndale Avenue); start at 6:30 p.m.
The free, family-friendly events kick off with games, kids’ crafts and bingo at 6:30 p.m. Then, the ’80s cover band Guys In Thin Ties will perform at 7:15 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Food will be available to purchase from vendors.