(Updated at 1 p.m.) There are a number of ways to celebrate America’s independence in Arlington this year.
This year’s federal firework show on the National Mall was moved because of President Trump’s “Salute to America” rally at the Lincoln Memorial from 6:30-7:30 p.m., which will likely include a speech, military flyovers, and protestors.
The national fireworks display will blast off from West Potomac Park instead. It is scheduled to run from 9:07-9:27 p.m. and will be visible from most places across the Potomac that Arlington residents are used to.
If the president’s planned Fourth of July rally in the District isn’t for you, here are some places in Arlington to watch the show:
- Long Bridge Park, which is open for viewers but no longer hosting a large, county-sponsored extravaganza due to cost-cutting measures. The county is cautioning people to make time to go through security checkpoints on Thursday, July 4, and to be prepared for crowding due to ongoing construction closing the north end of the park’s esplanade. Attendees to the Long Bridge Park festivities are not allowed to bring food, spiked chairs, or fireworks of their own on the field, per the county’s website.
- The View of DC observation deck at CEB Tower (1201 Wilson Blvd) in Rosslyn is hosting a fireworks viewing event 31 floors up. Those who want to attend can enter their name in a lottery for tickets.
- Gateway Park in Rosslyn is hosting its usual, popular viewing.
- Gravelly Point is another popular viewing spot, though parking may be limited.
- U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial near Rosslyn has a sweeping vantage of the monuments, the river and the fireworks..
- Key Bridge also offers picturesque views for those who don’t mind standing during the show.
- The Air Force Memorial which will host a free concert by the The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants at 8 p.m. before the fireworks.
- The Washington Golf & Country Club also confirmed to ARLnow that it is again hosting its own fireworks this year, but won’t have any seating on the golf course due to the ongoing renovations.
Several neighborhoods are also hosting parades for those who prefer to eschew the crowds at fireworks, including:
- Douglas Park
- Lyon Village
- Lee Heights
The Arlington County Fire Department is asking residents who plan to light their own fireworks or have their cookouts to follow these safety tips for fire and injury prevention.
On average, 280 people go to U.S. emergency rooms every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. The Arlington County Fire Prevention Office wants everyone to enjoy the 4th of July this year by keeping it safe. https://t.co/Iw5bJFU0o7 pic.twitter.com/qiMRt2CZZZ
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 20, 2019
SoberRide will continue its holiday tradition of offering free Lyft rides to prevent drunk driving. The organization said 746 people in the Greater Washington area used the service during Fourth of July last year.
Users can check the SoberRide website on Thursday, July 4 at 6 p.m. for the promotion code that will give free rides between 7 p.m Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.
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About 100 families set up tables for the festivities, which take place along the six-block stretch of the greenway from near Langston Blvd. to Washington Blvd. Attendance is free, but a $10 fee will be collected from individuals and families selling household items during the event. Ensure that all goods and rubbish are removed from the greenway by 1 p.m. Leave dogs at home.
For more info, call 703-532-6101. If planning to sell, start labeling your items for sale NOW! Event will take place as long as there is not active rain. Rain date is June 10.
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