Firework Displays in Northern Virginia: The Best Views from Your Truck


If you live in the Northern Virginia area, you are lucky enough to enjoy some of the best firework displays in the nation. With Washington, D.C. and other historical sights nearby, you have plenty of options to celebrate our nation’s independence. However, with so many popular festivals and events, sometimes it's nice to escape the crowded lawns and take in the spectacular firework shows from your truck bed.  Here are some tips for some of the best firework displays you can watch from your truck this Fourth of July.

Things to bring for your truck

  • Blanket
  • Bug spray
  • Lawn chairs – make sure they are small enough to fit a couple in the truck bed
  • Ice chest for water and soft drinks – read park regulations for food and beverages park rules
  • Portable speaker to stream patriotic music – optional, but trust us, it adds to the ambiance
  • Snacks – you can also bring food back to the truck from local restaurants in the area or food trucks from the event
  • Trash sack – to keep your area clean

Now that you know what to bring, take a look at these popular events to park your truck, get comfy, and watch some fireworks. 

Firework shows and events in Northern Virginia and D.C:


Fairfax Independence Day

Downtown Fairfax

July 4, 2017

Parade: 10 a.m.- noon

Fireworks: 7-10:30 p.m.

This year marks the 51st annual Independence Day Celebration for the City of Fairfax. The Independence Day parade and firework event will transform downtown Fairfax into a family friendly, red, white, and blue celebration. Starting with the parade at 10a.m. the rest of the afternoon is full of scavenger hunts, superheroes, and a firefighter competition. The evening will end with a musical firework show at Fairfax High School.

Find a parking spot anywhere in Daniels Run Park, back the truck up to face the high school, grab your lawn chairs, and watch from the comfort of your truck bed.  

Alexandria USA Birthday Celebration

Oronoco Bay Park

July 8, 2017

 5-10 p.m.

The City of Alexandria actually celebrates the Fourth on the 8th of July, to coordinate with the celebration of Alexandria’s 268th birthday. The event at Oronoco Bay Park includes live music and food, and what’s a birthday without birthday cake? After the day’s festivities, the firework show will be over the Potomac River. We recommend parking near the Old Town Waterfront

Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon Trails

George Washington's Mount Vernon

June 30 - July 1, 2017

6-9:45 p.m.

What could be more patriotic than watching fireworks at George Washington’s estate? Take a drive down the Mount Vernon Trail to find a spot to stop and enjoy the fireworks show. These trail spots are across the river, so firework lights reflect off the water, creating an amazing view.

If you want to get even closer to the action, Mount Vernon is offering mansion tours, games, and music performances to fill the evening before the grand musical firework show at the estate. Tickets are available for both the tour and fireworks for $34 per adult.

National Mall Fourth of July Celebration

The National Mall

July 4, 2017

9:00 p.m.

It’s well-known that the U.S. Capitol has one of the greatest displays of fireworks in the nation, but there are also many other places to view fireworks nearby. We recommend viewing the fireworks along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. If you can’t find a parking spot with great views, take a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, and find a comfortable spot at these awe-inspiring locations provided by the National Park Service:

  • U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and Netherlands Carillon
  • Columbia Island/Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove ( Access to the Potomac Riverfront is now possible via the new bike/pedestrian tunnel that runs underneath the Boundary     Channel Bridge (a.k.a. the “Humpback Bridge”)
  • Gravelly Point, north of National Airport
  • Washington Sailing Marina/Indigo Landing Restaurant at Daingerfield Island

Whichever event you choose, we hope our guide can help you enjoy all the Fourth of July festivities in Northern Virginia, without even having to leave your truck. Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite places to view fireworks. 

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