Happy Fourth, America! Let freedom ring!
Independence Day is always a big deal in the DMV, but post-lockdown life means some epic celebrations are in order. America's birthday is getting the red carpet with parades, barbecues, and of course the dazzling fireworks displays. Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, July 2, to Sunday, July 4.
*Keep in mind with the shifting circumstances of COVID-19 events may be canceled or rescheduled. Please refer to the event's websites or social media pages for more information regarding safety guidelines.*
Events on Friday, July 2
4th of July Weekend Celebration | Various locations in Annapolis | Annapolis, MD | Friday-Sunday
Ready for some patriotic fun? Guests will have a chance to partake in events all over Maryland's capital from parades and live music to salsa dancing at City Dock. Plus, be sure to stick around for the finale of fireworks at Annapolis Harbor! If you're looking to go to at least one Independence Day bash, make it this one–there'll be no shortage of entertainment! View the itinerary here.
U-Pick Summer Adventures | Milburn Orchards | Elkton, MD | Friday-Sunday
Picking season is here! Stop by Milburn Orchards over the holiday weekend to pick delicious seasonal fruits. For an entry price of $1.50 per person, guests can gather blueberries, nectarines, sour cherries, and sweet cherries by the bucket. Picking hours depend on the fruit, so we recommend checking their schedule before reserving your session. Advanced tickets are available online, and cheaper than if you buy them at the door. Purchase here.
Events on Saturday, July 3
Fairmont Limitless Picnic Baskets To-Go | Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown | Washington, DC | Saturday-Sunday
There's nothing like a summertime picnic, and the Fairmont hotel is here to help! Choose from a selection of pre-packaged picnic baskets you can bring to some of the District's most scenic parks. Each basket features fresh entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of dining lifestyles, so eaters of all kinds can partake in the experience! Baskets will be ready for pick-up at 11 a.m. and start at $53, with add-on beverages available for purchase. Buy them here.
55th Annual Independence Day Celebration | 4100 Chain Bridge Rd | Fairfax, VA | Saturday-Sunday
Join Downtown Fairfax for an epic Independence Day weekend! The city's 55th annual bash starts on Saturday with a parade procession of balloon floats and marching bands, followed by a Fourth of July celebration at Fairfax High School. Sunday's festivities include live entertainment and a breathtaking fireworks show—need we say more? Find out more here.
Events on Sunday, July 4
Fourth of July Top of the Gate | The Watergate Hotel | Washington, DC | Sunday
One night only! Party atop The Watergate Hotel's rooftop bar for happy hour fare and spectacular fireworks between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The evening will offer stunning views of iconic American landmarks, making this a Fourth of July you won't forget! General admission is $295 per person and VIP is $425. Early bird tickets have already sold out, so don't wait! Reserve your spot here.
July 4th Rooftop Party | Homewood Suites Rooftop Lounge | Washington, DC | Sunday
When it comes to the Fourth of July, we say go big or go home. That's why this rooftop shindig at the Homewood Suites will be one for the books! Presented by Mer Events, guests can party through the night with live DJ sets, drinks, and fireworks blazing through the sky. The magnificent views you'll get are worth the admission price alone! General admission tickets cost $40 and come with a complimentary drink. Buy them here.
Fourth of July Dinner Cruise | Inner Harbor | 561 Light St | Baltimore, MD | Sunday
Fourth of July parties normally take place at hotels or parks, but how about a cruise? This Sunday, enjoy a sumptuous buffet spread while basking in the scenic delights of Inner Harbor. With unbeatable views of the city skyline, plus delicious food and drink (open bar, anyone?), you won't want to celebrate the holiday any other way. Tickets start at $124.90. Purchase here.
An American Celebration | George Washington's Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon, VA | Sunday
No Independence Day list would be complete without a visit to Mount Vernon! Take part in patriotic traditions at the estate from authentic performances to a troops inspection. Guests can also bear witness to a moving ceremony for new citizens. The fun will be happening all day, so come around! Space will be limited, so we recommend ordering your tickets in advance. Grab them here.
Fourth of July Hometown Celebration and Parade | Great Falls Village Centre | Great Falls, VA | Sunday
One of Great Falls' finest traditions! Venture into town for an all-day shin-dig featuring parade floats, live music, a 5K run, and a fireworks show at Turner Farm Park. Family-friendly and community-minded, this event has it all! Admission is FREE, but the city welcomes donations so they can continue the celebration year after year. Check it out here.
Celebrate America | Historic Downtown Manassas | 9431 West St | Manassas, VA | Sunday
FREE public event! Family-friendly fun abounds in this Fourth of July spectacle sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc. Featured happenings include a yard-decorating contest, local vendors, and fireworks to finish things off. Be sure to arrive early to get killer views of the show! The festivities take place between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. View the schedule here.
How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend? Tell us what you'll be doing in the comments.