Arlington and much of the D.C. area is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.
The watch is in effect until 7 p.m.
“Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon and early evening,” the National Weather Service says. “Thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and hail.”
— NWS Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) July 1, 2022
Another three-day weekend awaits.
Arlington is a great place to be if you want to catch the fireworks display in D.C., whether from up close or afar.
This week also marked the end of June, which brought some most-read stories of its own. They included roaming bears, more corporate headquarters relocating here and a man worried about an active shooter who tried to break into a middle school.
It’s been a busy month, and we hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy this Fourth of July.
Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.
- Another accidental shooting, this time in Clarendon
- ACPD: Girl arrested for shoplifting escaped, bit officer after foot chase
- Local Oyster in Ballston appears to have closed, after another seafood spot ran aground
- Arlington is back to fully celebrating July 4 for the first time since 2019
- Woman pleads guilty to opioid conspiracy run out of Arlington doctor’s office
- Man rescued after being buried up to shoulders in trench collapse
- Loud cars, loud cars, ACPD is coming for you (eventually)
- Ultramarathoner Michael Wardian is almost back in Arlington, after journey across America
- Tow truck driver helps to talk down man standing on edge of overpass
- Fashion store LOFT at The Crossing Clarendon to close next month
Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!
Fireworks displays are returning in full after two years of scaled-back celebrations.
Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of D.C.’s Fourth of July celebrations, and there are plenty of sites to view them from. You’ll find exceptional vantage points from rooftop bars, National Mall locations, Arlington and many other places throughout the District. Here are some of our favorites!
The National Mall
Grab your picnic blanket and settle down on any patch of grass on the National Mall and you’ll have front row seats to the show! The Mall is the most popular place to watch the fireworks display with visitors staking out spots near the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and many other locales across D.C.’s most scenic space. The display gets underway just after 9 p.m. and will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. You will want to give yourself plenty of time to find a spot and familiarize yourself with access entry points, road closures and prohibited items. You can find helpful tips and more information from the National Park Service.
US Marine Corps War Memorial
Located on Arlington Ridge along the axis of the National Mall, the US Marine Corps War Memorial offers a panorama of the Lincoln memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building. If you want to avoid the crowds on the mall and avoid downtown this is a great location!
Gravelly Point Park
Located on the west bank of the Potomac in Arlington, Gravelly Point is just to the north of Reagan National Airport on the George Washington Parkway. Famous for watching airplanes take off and land, this national parkland is also a prime viewing spot for the capital fireworks. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure you get there early.
Thompson Boat Center
Looking for a view from the water? Head over to Thompson Boat center and rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (advance reservations are required). You can paddle over to a designated viewing spot and enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over D.C.’s most iconic monuments and reflect off the Potomac River.
Connecting Rosslyn and Georgetown, the Francis Scott Key Bridge offers spectacular views of the Potomac River and the District. Although you won’t find seating on the bridge, you can stroll over from the Rosslyn Metro station and enjoy a standing-room-only view of the fireworks.
There are a whole host of Independence Day celebrations throughout D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland for you to enjoy this Fourth of July!
Reach out to me if you want to learn more about neighborhoods in Arlington and around the region!
Links & Recommendations
- National Park Service
- US Marine Corps War Memorial
- Gravelly Point Park
- Thompson Boat Center
- July 4th Events
- National Independence Day Parade
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Address: 5927 4th Street N.
Neighborhood: Boulevard Manor
Open: Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 from 1-4 p.m.
This classic three bedroom, two bath mid-Century rambler offers a rare combination of pristine, updated interior and a manicured yard, graced by mature trees, shrubbery and perennials.
Recent improvements include: gas furnace, gas water heater, stylishly-renovated main level bath and remodeled lower level bath; kitchen countertops and appliances, replacement windows, flooring, lighting, fresh paint, extensive landscaping and a driveway.
Enter into a light filled living room, anchored by a wood burning fireplace. The living room flows into the dining room, then kitchen, and onto the patio — ideal for gatherings and daily living. Three bedrooms on the main level share a new bathroom with large vanity and separate cabinet storage.
The expansive lower level rec room accommodates spaces for media, play, and office, and there is a remodeled bathroom, too. Three tall windows at one part of the rec room allow it to be enclosed for a fourth bedroom. The fresh clean laundry room has additional storage as does the utility room. A separate, finished workshop could be used for a gym or even an office.
The home borders part of the Reeves Farm and is near parks and bike path. Easy commuting or easy work from home in this wonderful home.
There will again be free Lyft rides on Independence Day, at least in part because of Amazon.
The trillion-dollar tech company with a growing presence in Arlington is donating $10,000 to the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) for its SoberRide partnership with Lyft.
Starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, locals will be able to enter a promotional SoberRide code in the Lyft app for a free ride up to $15. The promotion will run for 12 hours, until 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.
The needed promo code will be posted on the SoberRide’s website at 3 p.m. on Monday.
This marks the sixth year of the partnership between WRAP and Lyft, which began in 2017. During that time, the program has offered thousands of rides around the D.C. area on major holidays to combat impaired driving.
Prior to the partnership with Lyft, WRAP had been partnering with local cab companies since 1991. Over the last three decades, WRAP’s SoberRide program has given more than 82,000 rides home in the D.C. area.
More than 2,200 rides will be available this July 4, WRAP President Kurt Erickson told ARLnow, three times the number of rides provided in 2019 when the record was set.
“Amazon’s further investment in this local and lifesaving program is a real and needed shot in the arm to better equip WRAP and SoberRide to rid area roadways of impaired drivers,” Kurt Erickson, WRAP’s President, said in a press release. “In as much, Amazon’s latest community investment will enhance SoberRide’s capacity in time for a holiday when more than four-in-ten U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers.”
Beyond Amazon, other program sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Gian Food, Glory Days Grill, New Belgium Brewing, and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.
There’s one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 45 minutes, on average, in the US, according to recent data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA). While drunk driving fatalities had been going down, from 2019 to 2020, they rose by nearly 15%, again according to the NHSTA.
With Arlington pretty much back to fully celebrating America’s birthday, there are plenty of events, parades, and barbeques going on this year locally. With Metro offering reduced service this July 4, the Arlington County Police Department is asking residents to “plan a sober ride home” from these events while advocating for the SoberRide program.
If your July 4 celebration includes alcohol, plan a sober ride home before the festivities begin. @WRAP_org is offering free rides to help prevent drunk driving. Details: https://t.co/gGkRK9CSkI https://t.co/Tz0fMxSeAV
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) June 29, 2022
This $10,000 donation to SoberRide to help locals get home safely on July 4 is part of the company’s efforts to be a “good neighbor.”
“As we head into the July 4th holiday weekend, we are grateful to be partnering with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program to provide free, safe rides to thousands of passengers across the Greater Washington region,” said Patrick Phillippi, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Amazon, in a release. “At Amazon, we are committed to being a good neighbor and partner to the community and we wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday weekend.”
Happy Fourth of July weekend!
It’s a long weekend and we have a new list of open houses across Arlington. According to Homesnap, there are currently 625 homes for sale. The median list price is $671,375 and the median sales price is $720,000. In the last 4 weeks there have been 260 sales and 216 new listings.
Here’s a look at some of the open houses taking place in Arlington this weekend:
- 1917 S. Quebec Street, Douglas Park*
3 BR/2.5 BA Single-family home
Noteworthy: Renovated 3 level SFH near Shirlington, featuring Solar Panels and Rentable Unit
Open: Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Sue Riggs- Samson Properties)
- 4607 27th Street N.
6 BR/5.5 BA Single-family home
Noteworthy: Three gas fireplaces, exercise room, screened porch
Open: Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Patrick Ewing – McEnearney Associates)
- 6341 11th Road N.
4 BR/3 BA Single-family home
Noteworthy: Curved deck, 2 fireplaces, attached garage
Open: Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Jim Shirey – McEnearney Associates)
- 2035 N. Cameron Street
3 BR/2.5 BA Townhouse
Noteworthy: Renovated, fully fenced, patio
Open: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Irene Xenos – RE/MAX West End)
- 2109 N. Rolfe Street #D
4 BR/2.5 BA Condo
Noteworthy: Wood burning fireplace, private deck, new kitchen
Open: Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Keri Shull – Optime Realty)
- 2213 S. Dinwiddie Street
3 BR/1.5 BA Single-family home
Noteworthy: Colonial in Claremont neighborhood, easy access to Shirlington
Open: Saturday, 12-4 p.m. (Sean Ragen – KW United)
See all Arlington open house listings here.
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Arlington County is set to essentially shut down on America’s birthday.
County government offices, courts, community centers, and county libraries are all closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. The Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center will also be shuttered. Covid-19 testing sites and vaccine clinics are taking a break that day as well.
Arlington County schools are closed for employees on Independence Day, with summer school starting the next day on July 5.
America’s birthday also means free parking. Meters will not be enforced on the holiday, though permit parking is still in effect.
Trash, recycling, yard waste, and special pick-up collection, however, will be on its regular schedule.
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) June 30, 2022
The monthly free paper shredding, scrap metal, and inert material drop-off event at the Shirlington facility that would have been scheduled for this Saturday shifts back a week, to July 9.
For those looking to check out the fireworks, Metrorail’s holiday schedule may be the impetus to stay in Arlington this year. Earlier this week, Metro announced service will be significantly reduced this Independence Day, relative to past holidays.
“Due to the reduced number of railcars available for service, capacity on Metrorail will be less than previous Independence Days,” said Metro’s press release. “That means customers should be prepared for longer lines to enter stations near the Mall after the fireworks, up to 60 minutes, and for crowding to occur.”
Metrorail will be operating until midnight, with trains every 20 minutes on the Blue and Orange lines and every 15 minutes on the Yellow Line. Trains will arrive every 7 minutes at the downtown stations serviced by several lines. Expect lines of up to an hour to catch a train after the fireworks, Metro says.
Metrobus and Arlington Transit (ART) buses will both be operating on a Sunday schedule. For ART, that means only a few of the busiest routes will be running.
There will also be an abundance of road closures in Arlington related to the fireworks show downtown.
Water Main Break in Rosslyn — Updated at 7:50 a.m. — “Emergency Water Main Repairs: Crew working on 8-inch main at [Fairfax Drive and N. Lynn Street]. Some 100 customers could be affected.” [Twitter]
New Va. Laws Taking Effect Today — “Several new laws become effective across Virginia on July 1. This includes legislation pertaining to health care, transportation, economic development and law enforcement.” [Arlington County, FFXnow, ARLnow]
Local Dems Set Up Roe Page — “The Arlington County Democratic Committee has created an online resource to provide information on abortion and the political implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling sending the matter back to states.” [Sun Gazette]
Local Brothers Write Birding Book — “Maxwell and Danté Julius stealthily slip through a dirt path that cuts a serpentine route through Arlington County’s Long Branch Park and Nature Center. They’re equipped with binoculars, cameras and a permeating curiosity about the native birds of their home county. Together, the high school brothers have created a ‘Guide to the Birds of Arlington, VA.’ But it’s much more.” [WUSA 9]
County Looking for Tree Adopters — “Arlington is home to approximately 750,000 trees – or three for every resident – and the local government is asking the public’s help in supporting them. The county government’s Adopt-a-Tree program is designed to help trees make it through dry seasons.” [Sun Gazette]
New Contract for Arlington-Based Raytheon — “The U.S. Army announced Tuesday its effort for a next-generation, software-centric ground system is transitioning to another phase. The service awarded $36 million each to software company Palantir Technologies and defense firm Raytheon Technologies for work on the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node, which is currently under development. TITAN is expected to help connect sensors with users in the field to support beyond-line-of-sight targeting.” [C4ISRNET]
Missing Middle Piques Interest in F.C. — “It has become a very contentious issue in Arlington, with scores of citizens showing up at public meetings to weigh in, as Clark reported. It is clear to us that, despite smokescreen issues like trees and other environmental factors, the zoning change is feared most for its perceived potentially negative impact on home values, as well as for the issue of population diversity. The Arlington board will have a work session on the subject with the county manager on July 12 and is set to take a vote in the fall. Falls Church leaders should play close attention.” [Falls Church News-Press]
It’s July — Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 90 and low of 74. Sunrise at 5:48 am and sunset at 8:39 pm. [Weather.gov]