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This would probably be the first year I can get out and watch the fireworks! So I’m asking YOU:

Where is the BEST place to checkout the fireworks in the DMV?

District of Columbia

4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall

Fireworks are launched at dark, usually around 9:15 p.m., from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.

Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade

The parade (Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Streets) begins at 11:45 a.m. and features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats and VIP’s. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot.

A Capitol Fourth Concert

A live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and several artists performing patriotic music begins at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Admittance begins at 3 p.m. The concert and show is followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument. The concert is free and open to the public.



Baltimore – Live music and a fireworks show will be available in the heart of downtown Baltimore at the Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration. Entertainment is provided by Top 40s bands Thunderball at 4 p.m. followed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade at 7 p.m. Performances take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets. The fireworks show, choreographed to festive music, begins at 9:30 p.m.

Gaithersburg – Gates to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds (16 Chestnut Street) open at 5 p.m. Friday for a celebration that includes food, live music and, of course, a fireworks display set to launch at dusk.

Columbia – A fireworks display can be observed from Lake Kittamaquandi (10221 Wincopin Circle) starting at 9:30 p.m. Music and children’s activities begin at 5 p.m.



Alexandria (July 12) – Celebrate the United States and the City of Alexandria’s birthdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison Street). Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. More info.

Fairfax – An Independence Day Parade through the downtown Fairfax City area begins at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. More info.




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