If you missed fireworks shows over the weekend, there are several opportunities to catch the skies light up on Wednesday (July 4):
The ninth annual Firecracker 5K for the Troops will take place in Reston Town Center from 8-10 a.m. This year’s event is sponsored by Leidos. Live music and post-race refreshments will be offered. The top three overall male and female finishers and the top three fastest team will also win cash prizes.
The Town of Herndon’s celebration on Wednesday brings live music, arts and crafts activities and family games to Bready Park (814 Ferndale Avenue) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. No pets, fireworks, alcohol or grills are allowed.
Enjoy water slides, water games, magic shows and music at Vienna’s celebration at 7 p.m. in Yeonas Park (1319 Ross Drive). Fireworks begin at dark around 9:30 p.m. Sprinklers and sparklers will be available at the Vienna Community Center Grounds.
City of Fairfax
The celebration kicks off with a parade from 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Fairfax (4100 Chain Bridge Drive). When the sunset sets, the evening show will begin at Fairfax High School, featuring fireworks displays and on-stage entertainment.
A 5K race kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial. At the same time, an INOVA blood drive will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A patriot parade for babies and toddlers up to age five will begin at 9 a.m. at the Village Centre Green. The complete day-long lineup is available online.
Don’t wait until July 4 for fireworks at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive). The annual fireworks show will take place on Saturday (June 30).
The park opens at 7 a.m. and the water mine park opens at 10 a.m. Boats can be rented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and food vendors will be onsite and near the park’s main office.
Parking is $10 per car. A puppet show will take from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and live music will be offered from 4:15-9:15 p.m. Once the sun sets and the skies darken, the fireworks show will begin.
The campgrounds are available for an overnight stay. Reservations can be made by calling 703-471-5415.
A rain date is set for July 1.
Photo via Fairfax County Government
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Happy Independence Day! I hope you have a fun-filled day planned. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my family — my favorite way to spend every holiday!
To me, the highlight of the 4th is always the fireworks. Most places did their fireworks on Saturday, which honestly is a bit of a letdown. There is nothing like watching the fireworks on the 4th. Thanks to the town of Herndon, you can!
The town of Herndon will hold its annual 4th of July celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight. This free event will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, bingo, and family games. How fun is that?
The fireworks display will begin at around 9:30. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Celebrate the Fourth Today — Independence Day celebrations are taking place today in Herndon, Great Falls, Fairfax, Vienna and lots of other places in the area. [Reston Now]
Security Tight on National Mall — One of the nation’s largest fireworks shows will go off tonight on the National Mall in DC. Security will be heightened, but officials say visitors probably won’t even notice the increased efforts. [NBC Washington]
RA Marking the Holiday — Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, are closed today in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. RA will host holiday festivities at the Lake Newport Pool facility from noon-4 p.m. Registration is not required. [Reston Association]
File photo courtesy Reston Swim Team Association
If the fireworks Saturday night at Lake Fairfax Park weren’t enough for you, the Town of Herndon has you covered.
Herndon’s annual Fourth of July celebration is scheduled for Tuesday night at Bready Park (814 Ferndale Ave.). Free games, bingo, and children’s arts and crafts start at 6:30 p.m. There will be entertainment throughout the night, leading up to the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Traffic will be rerouted during the event. Ferndale Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Vine Street to Barton Oaks Place once the event parking lots are full, and it will remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks. Additional parking will be available at Herndon Middle School, Herndon Centennial Golf course and Herndon Community Center.
— Mayor Lisa Merkel (@Lisa4Herndon) July 2, 2017
Cars that are parked at the Herndon Community Center will not be released until the fire marshal clears the area an hour after the fireworks show.
Eventgoers are encouraged to leave their pets at home and to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed, but no alcohol or glass containers. Bags and coolers may be searched.
In the case of inclement weather in the evening, the fireworks may be delayed or postponed until Wednesday night.
The eighth annual Firecracker 5K for the Troops will be held at Reston Town Center on Tuesday morning.
The Independence Day race is a part of Potomac River Running store’s PR Race Series. The store will make a financial donation to the USO Metro in honor of the military branch with most participants.
If you haven’t yet registered, that’s OK: you can still sign up tomorrow morning at the event, which will start at 8 a.m. at 11911 Democracy Drive. The run is not dog- or stroller-friendly.
There will be a fun run on Market Street following the 5K. All Tot Dash finishers will receive a bib and medal.
Cash awards will go to the top 3 overall male and female finishers ($300, $200, $100). The top master runners will receive $100. Awards will also be presented for the top 3 in each age group.
The event will last all morning, with live music and refreshments after the race.
It’s a long weekend! Fourth of July is coming up on Tuesday, but be sure to check out the awesome things going on around town before the holiday.
If fireworks are the one and only thing you’re looking for this weekend, check out our list of events around the area.
On Tuesday, whether you’re worn out on fireworks or you’re saving them for that night, spend the day at the Water Mine Swimmin’ Hole for its Family Day. Everyone will be allowed to enjoy the expansive waterpark for $11 each.
But there are lots of other things going on this weekend too. Here are some fun things that are happening around Reston this weekend:
- Reston Station’s “Summerbration” series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with a free concert by Elikeh. Tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m., head to a free outdoor showing of “Sing” on the plaza. The Summerbration events outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will continue through the end of August. (Note: To receive free parking for these events, parking tickets need to be validated by personnel on the plaza. Find the sign that reads “Parking Validation Here.”)
- Reston Town Center’s summer concert series continues Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with the Deanna Bogart Band, a boogie-jazz and blues performance. The show will take place at the Town Center’s pavilion.
- The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
- Reston Museum (1639 Washington Plaza N.) is hosting is “Reston Stories” exhibit through July. The Reston Historic Trust and Museum has been collecting residents’ stories and preserving them for future generations. The collection includes stories about volunteering in Reston, the Fountain at Lake Anne Plaza, the early history of Reston and the amazing connections we make in our community.
- Lake Anne is hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
- “Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” remains on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through August.
- On Sunday, be sure to catch the Art in the Park with the Shenandoah Conservatory at Reston Town Center. The band Two Brass Hit presents a program of jazz and other international music, all on two bases.
- Family Fun Entertainment Series at Reston Town Center presents Turley the Magician, an interactive magic show.
- Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night, CraftHouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday form 6-10 p.m.
- It’s Family Splash tonight at Reston Community Center’s Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center. The whole family can play from 7-9 p.m. for $13 ($26 for non-Reston families).
- Enjoy the outdoors? Come to the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia for a day of tracking and identifying butterflies. This survey supports the North American Butterfly Association’s (NABA) Butterfly count.
- Tonight, join the Walker Nature Center for a screening of an action-adventure movie Mission Blue. There is a suggested donation of $5 a person.
Who doesn’t love the oohs and aahs of a fireworks display on Fourth of July weekend?
Whether you’re staying in Reston this weekend or heading out for a little getaway, you’re sure to be able to find the American tradition wherever you go. Lay out a blanket and enjoy the show.
Here are some of the locations around the area where you’ll be able to celebrate the nation’s 241st birthday this long weekend:
- South Riding: South Riding Golf Club (43237 Golf View Drive) — The event kicks off with the Star Spangled Parade, which will leave from Town Hall (43055 Center St.) at 5 p.m. From 6-9 p.m., enjoy music by The Reagan Years. The night concludes with fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.
- Warrenton: Aquatic and Recreation Facility (800 Waterloo Road) — Music, games, swimming, vendors and more. Family-friendly fun. Fireworks at dusk. Free, everyone is welcome. Event begins at 4 p.m.
- Reston: Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) — 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Features live music, puppet show, food vendors and of course, the fireworks. Parking is $10 per car. The Water Mine water park and the Lake Fairfax boat rentals/rides will also be operating.
- The Plains: Great Meadow Foundation (5089 Old Tavern Road) — Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be a huge variety of children’s activities included with general admission purchase, including rock wall for climbing, pony rides, moon bounces, slides, the famous rain machine, lasertag and more. Throughout the day enjoy a choreographed air performance, polo exhibitions and rocketry demonstrations. The grand finale comes at dark with one of the metropolitan area’s biggest fireworks shows.
- Leesburg: Lansdowne Resort (44050 Woodridge Parkway) — Celebrate America’s most patriotic holiday at Lansdowne Resort and Spa with live music, food trucks, local brews and wines, and fireworks. $5 admission fee.
- Waterford: Water Street Meadow (15513 Loyalty Road) — Parking at the Old School and Waterford Elementary School. No parking on the meadow except cars with handicapped tag. No sparklers or other fireworks allowed
- National Mall — Considered one of the best fireworks shows in the country, viewing areas on the National Mall near the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool will be accessible only through secure access points. Begins after sunset. Plan to arrive early. Other viewing areas in D.C. include the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park and Anacostia Park; in Virginia, check it out from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
- Herndon: Bready Park (814 Ferndale Ave.) — Events begin at 6:30 p.m. with games, bingo and children’s arts and crafts, followed by entertainment at 7:15. Fireworks show choreographed to music begins at dark, about 9:30 p.m.
- Great Falls: Turner Farm Park (925 Springvale Road) — Kicks off with a 5K Walk/Run at 8 a.m., followed by the hometown Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m., at the Great Falls Village Centre, 776 Walker Road, Great Falls. After the parade, enjoy the food, music, field games and festivities on the Village Centre Green. Turner Farm Park will open its gates at 6 p.m. for music, games, contests and food trucks until the fireworks show gets underway just after dusk.
- Fairfax: Fairfax High School (3501 Rebel Run) — After a parade from 10 a.m. to noon, and a day filled with activities, live music will start at the high school at 5:30 p.m. building up to the fireworks show at about 9:30.
- Vienna: Yeonas Park/Southside Park (1319 Ross Drive SW) — Fireworks will begin at dark, about 9:30 p.m. Prior to the fireworks, Fat Chance will entertain with songs from all generations. kids’ pie-eating contest for ages 5-10 takes place at 7 p.m., followed by the chili dog-eating contest. Little League concession will be open for refreshments at Yeonas Park. Call 703-255-6352 for details.
- Leesburg: Ida Lee Park (60 Ida Lee Drive NW) — The Independence Day celebration begins with the annual parade at 10 a.m. and continues with a concert and fireworks at Ida Lee Park in the evening.
- McLean: Churchill Road Elementary School (7100 Churchill Road) — Begins at 6:30 p.m. with a disc jockey providing the music and food trucks selling a variety of entrees and snacks, followed by fireworks. Off-site parking and shuttles available. Admission is free.
- Mount Vernon — (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Salute the first commander in chief during Mount Vernon’s annual Independence Day event. Watch dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks shoot off over the Potomac River and listen to the roar of cannon fire while viewing special military re-enactments throughout the day.
- Woodbridge: Potomac Nationals (7 County Complex Court) — The P-Nats will clash with their “Battle of the Beltway” rival, Frederick Keys, for a special 6:35 p.m. first pitch. Gates will open at 5 p.m., signaling the beginning of the Food, Fireworks and Fun picnic in the Bullpen Picnic Patio. After the game, the night sky with light up with the best fireworks show of the 2017 campaign.
- Manassas Park: Signal Hill Park (9300 Signal View Drive) — Fireworks celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Signal Hill Park. There will be free shuttles from the VRE Station and City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 beginning at 5 p.m. There’s on-site parking for handicapped individuals only.
- Fredericksburg: Pratt Park (120 River Road) — The Heritage Festival is an all-day affair that includes a 5-mile run, a downtown parade, a street festival with more than 100 vendors, live music and a fireworks display. Gates close at 8:30 p.m.; earlier if police determine the crowd is too large. Alcoholic beverages, sparklers and grills are not allowed. All dogs must be on a leash.
Weather Report for Holiday Weekend — This Saturday, expect a high near 90 degrees, but a chance of afternoon thunderstorms might impact projected fireworks shows in the area. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will also have highs in the low 90s, but there’s a chance of rain on the Fourth. [The Weather Channel]
Heavy Congestion Projected on Holiday Weekend — According to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s interactive traffic trends map, expect major traffic jams along Interstate 95 on Sunday as people travel for the holiday. [VDOT]
Residents Reminded to Be Safe With Fireworks — Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them, never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse, never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned, and never point or throw fireworks at another person. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]
New Laws Take Effect Tomorrow — Take a look at some of the new legislation that will go into effect July 1, including changes to rules about absentee voting, concealed carry permits and more. [Fairfax County]
Toll Road Ramp Work Starts After Holiday — Make sure to reevaluate the morning commute starting next next Friday. The ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road to the Fairfax County Parkway will be diverted through the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride parking lot, starting next Thursday night and lasting “through 2017.” [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]
Local Artist Wins Tröegs Contest — Marni Manning’s “Renaissance of Beer” painting was the big winner in the Pennsylvania craft beer company’s recent art contest. [Tröegs]
Herndon Man Admits to Bank Robberies — Bruce Wayne Higgins robbed four banks in Maryland and New Jersey last December. [WTOP]
On July 1, Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) will host a “Fireworks, Food and Family Fun” event from 7 a.m.-9:15 p.m. The all-day event will feature live music, a puppet show and a fireworks show, plus more.
Parking will cost $10 for the event, said Dave Hantagimana from the Lake Fairfax Park staff. That is up from last year’s parking fees, which were $5 a car. The year before in 2015, parking was free with a suggested donation.
The rain date for the event is Sunday, July 2.
All of the park’s usual amenities will be open for families to enjoy. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole will open at 10 a.m.
— Fairfax County Parks (@fairfaxparks) June 26, 2017
Pedal boat rentals will also be available to take out around the lake at the rate of $7 for a half hour. At least one person in the pedal boat must be 16 or over. There will also be tour boat rides and the opportunity to take out a private boat.
Food vendors will be set up near the park entrance, according to the Fairfax County Park Authority flyer for the event.
Campgrounds are available for an overnight stay but reservations are recommended.
Last Day of School — Today is the final day of the 2016-17 Fairfax County Public Schools year. Congratulations to all the students and enjoy your time off!
Fourth of July Schedule in Herndon — It’s only a couple weeks away. Get ready for the July 4 celebration in Herndon, which will take place at the Herndon Community Center and will culminate with fireworks choreographed to music. [Town of Herndon]
SLHS Students Get Arduino Kits — STEM Engineering students at the school recently received Arduino kits. An Arduino consists of a physical programmable circuit board and a piece of software that is used to write and upload computer code. The kits were funded by a $4,000 grant from AIS Inc. [Fairfax County Public Schools]
‘Field Guide’ to Ticks — Fairfax County has provided a list of need-to-know information about ticks, which have been out with great force this season. [Fairfax County]
Metro Work in Evening Hours — After 10 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday, the Silver Line will only run from Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston. This is due to work on the Orange and Silver lines. [WTOP]
Folk Music Tonight at Lake Anne — The “Take A Break” concert series at Lake Anne Plaza will continue tonight with a performance by contemporary folk artists Sweater Set. [Lake Anne Plaza]
Car Hits Pole in Reston — A Wednesday evening crash on Lawyers Road at Soapstone Drive took out power and closed the road. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Fireworks Safety Urged — Fireworks can turn a holiday into a tragedy within seconds when illegal and dangerous fireworks are being used. Fire officials have released a video to promote fireworks safety this July Fourth. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/YouTube]
Shared-Use Path Planned — A meeting June 29 will discuss a proposed path from the future Innovation Station Metro station kiss-and-ride on the north side of the Dulles Toll Road. [Fairfax County Department of Transportation]
Photo via @butler_law on Twitter
In case you missed it, here are some local celebrations for the fourth:
Lake Fairfax Park will have its annul evening of fun, capped by fireworks.
There will be live music from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as food vendors, and other activities.
Get there early to enjoy the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole water park.
There is a $5 per car admission fee on July 4 (walkers and cyclists will be let in free).
Fireworks begin at dark, about 9:30 p.m.
Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston. For more information call 703-471-5414.
Note: Many smaller fireworks celebrations usually take place at Reston’s lakes, where boaters set displays off from the water. Head over to a lake and you are sure to see some sparkle.
Join the Town of Herndon on July 4 for a family-fun event featuring games, patriotic arts & craft activities, live music, family games, bingo, food, balloon artists and more. Events take place in Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.
Schedule of Events:
6:30 p.m. – Games, bingo and children’s arts & crafts begin – all for free. Festival foods will be available for sale.
7:15 p.m. – Whiskey Rebellion takes the stage to play its mix of bluegrass, jazz and rock and roll.
9:30 pm – Fireworks show is choreographed to music and begins at dark.
Please note traffic will be rerouted. Motorists should expect detours and alteration of traffic routes throughout town at the conclusion of the fireworks display at Bready Park for up to 60 minutes, or until traffic clears. Those parked at Herndon Community Center may not exit until the officials give the all clear, which can be as much as 60 minutes following the fireworks show.
Ferndale Avenue will close to through traffic from Vine Street to Barton Oaks Place once the event parking lots are full, and will remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks. (Herndon Centennial golf course access is available until the course closes at dusk)
Vienna’s celebration at Yeonas Park features fun for the whole family beginning at 4 p.m. Th day includes the 2nd Annual Vienna Inn Chili Dog Eating Contest (4 p.m.); Old Bay Circus Company (one-ring circus act) featuring Michael Rosman (5:30 and 6:30 p.m.); Fat Chance with live music (7 p.m.); Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9:30 p.m.)
Kids’ games and moon bounces will be on the upper fields, and the Little League concession stand will be open.
Fireworks are at Southside Park at about 9:30 p.m. (viewing available at Yeonas Park; some seating will be available near the playground at Southside Park.
Vienna’s fireworks rain date is July 5. For more information and directions to parks, visit Vienna’s website.
Photo: American Flag/DKrebs Via Flickr Creative Commons
The 7th annual Firecracker 5K takes place at 8 a.m. Monday at Reston Town Center. The race, sponsored by Reston-based Leidos, is a great way to support the armed services.
When you register to run, let organizers know which branch of the military you support for the “Battle of the Branches.” Potomac River Running will make a donation to the USO on behalf of the branch with the most registered runners.
Online registration ($35) closes tonight. In-person registration ($40) available at packet pickup or at the race. Registration discounts for active military members and runners under age 14 are available.
The course is a mostly flat loop around Reston Town Center.
Bring the kids: there will be a free tot dash down Market Street at 8:50 a.m. following the 5K finish. Sign up will be morning of at the finish line area.
Photo: Firecracker 5K 2015/Credit: Potomac River Running
AAA reps say 43 Million Americans are traveling, and 1 million of them are from the Washington, D.C., area. That’s about 5 million than Memorial Day and a 1.9 percent increase for DC-area residents over last July 4.
Nearly 9 out of 10 area residents (about 917,000 people) travel by car. Another 77,000 will fly to their destination.
“More Americans, Washingtonians included, are traveling this summer, and they are also driving more than ever before this summer, easily beating the mileage record set last summer, when Americans put 836.1 billion miles on their odometers,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, said in a statement.
“The Washington metro area boasts a populace of 6,097,684 persons, and nearly a fifth of its residents will travel 50 miles or more from home during the long July Fourth holiday weekend. Historically, whenever July Fourth happens to fall on a Friday or a Monday, as it does this year, it essentially becomes a four-day holiday weekend for most travelers. The other big catalyst is the cheaper cost of gas.”
Townsend said drivers across the United States have saved about $20 billion on gasoline this year, compared to the same period in 2015, which has made travel more affordable than in recent years. A more confident consumer and rising economic activity also are offsetting a cooling labor market to help boost holiday travel.
This week, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.32, which is 46 cents less than one year ago. In Washington, D.C., Friday’s average was $2.53, which is 40 cents cheaper than one year ago and in the Washington metro area Friday’s average was $2.31, which is 46 cheaper than one year ago.
AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005. Historically, the Washington, D.C. average for unleaded gas on Independence Day was $2.94 in 2015, $3.93 in 2014, $3.70 in 2013, $3.48 in 2012 and $3.86 in 2011.
Read more about the busiest travel times going into the four-day weekend, as well as other travel tips, from The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock.