Best 4th Of July 2016 Fireworks Displays In Washington DC

June 24, 2016 8:00 AM

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The nation’s capital celebrates Independence Day like no other city in the United States. On the 4th of July, the skies over the entire Washington, D.C. area are awash in dazzling displays of fireworks. We have identified five places to catch some of the best displays.
National Mall Fourth Of July Celebration
National Mall
900 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 426-6841

Date: July 4, 2016 at 9:09 p.m.

Lasting nearly 20 mins, the fireworks display as part of the National Mall Fourth of July Celebration is considered among the best in the entire country. The fireworks launch from the Reflecting Pool area near the Lincoln Memorial but are highly visible from around the city. Because the fireworks are so popular, it is recommended that attendees arrive early, review the rules for what items are allowed, and identify ahead of time where the special entry points are located. The fireworks are part of a larger program that includes a special evening concert on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that begins at 8 p.m.

Gaithersburg: Independence Day Celebration 
Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm
506 South Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6350

Date: July 4, 2016 at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.)

Previously held for many years at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, the City of Gaithersburg’s popular Independence Day Celebration this year will take place at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. In addition to the evening fireworks display, starting at 5 p.m. there will be live music, fun inflatables, lawn games and a food court among other activities. In addition, Bohrer Park’s water park, mini golf and skate park will be open with various restrictions and hours.

Takoma Park: 4th Of July Parade And Fireworks
Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 863-8837

Date: July 4, 2016 at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.)

The City of Takoma Park’s Independence Day celebration is believed to be one of the oldest in the country. This year will make the 127th consecutive celebration. In addition to the evening fireworks display, there will be a parade through the main streets of the city starting at 10 a.m. The parade last approximately two hours and includes participation by many elected officials, civic organizations, marching bands and veterans groups

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Falls Church: July 4th Celebration
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 248-5077

Date: July 4, 2016 at 9:20 p.m.

The fireworks display by the City of Falls Church has been a tradition for many years. Prior to the fireworks, there will be live music beginning at 7 p.m. In addition, earlier in the day at 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall (300 Park Ave.) there will be a reading of the “founding documents of the nation.” The reading is hosted by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) and is designed to “focus on the meaning of Independence Day with a review of the issues of the times and the reading of the important documents that created the basis for our democracy and freedom.”

Vienna: July Fourth Festival And Fireworks
Southside Park
1315 Ross Drive, S.W.
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 255-6360

Date: July 4, 2016 at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.)

An entire evening of activities are planned for the City of Vienna’s annual Independence Day celebration. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a chili dog eating contest. The Old Bay Circus Company will then follow with two shows: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be live music leading up to the fireworks display at dusk.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets.