The Fourth of July is the quintessential summer holiday, so why not celebrate all weekend long? Here are events that keep the party vibe going during this long holiday weekend.
Across NoVA, you will find fireworks every night from July 1–July 4. Daylong events are planned at some locations. Others will have just fireworks. If you are going to DC, Metro will be free after 5 p.m.
Friday, June 30, 7–9 p.m.
Do you have kids or are you a kid at heart? Indulge the Mario excitement with a viewing of Super Mario Bros. The film will play at Metropolitan Park. Blankets will be given out, but you can also bring a lawn chair. The movie starts at 7 p.m., but you are welcome to arrive early to grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks. Admission is free with registration. 1321 S. Elm St., Arlington, free
Saturday, July 1, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
There’s something about a holiday that brings out the athlete in everyone. Channel your inner runner (or casual walker) at House 6 Brewing Co.’s Fourth of July-inspired race. The event features the Red, White, and Blue 5K, the 1K Stars and Stripes Fun Run, and the Red White and Brew Hot Dog Mile. Runners will get a free short sleeve T-shirt and can add a post-race beer to their packages. Registration required. 44427 Atwater Dr., Ashburn, $30–$50
Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m.
When a Motown legend lands in NoVA, it’s not an event to miss. Diana Ross’ massive talent has enchanted listeners since the 1960s — and her tour stop at Wolf Trap should be no different. 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, starting at $52
Winery 8 Chains North partners with Mom’s Apple Pie Company to offer wine and pie pairings for America’s birthday. The wine grower and bakery owner happen to be brother and sister. Needless to say, it’s a delicious family affair. 38593 Daymont Ln., Waterford, $5
Sunday, July 2, 2–4 p.m.
Share in the love, success, and struggles of an eclectic cast of characters at a tight-kit community coffee shop in the indie film, Tales from a Neighborhood Café. The narrative was filmed at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria. The 41-minute screening at the Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library will be followed by a Q&A with the director, cast, and crew. Admission is free. Registration is required. 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, free
Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m.
Rising Opera stars selected for Wolf Trap’s Filene Artist Residency will performs. Except this time, there’s a twist: the audience gets to vote on which arias they’ll sing. Voting starts at 12:30 p.m. at The Barns. 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, $38–$52
Tuesday, July 4, 8 a.m.
Get your exercise in and support a good cause. Hosted at Reston Town Center and presented by Leidos, the event has a 5K for runners and walkers and a Tot Trot. The race will benefit USO National Capital District, an organization that provides important services to active-duty service members and their families. Market St., Reston, $30–$45
Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
Don’t want the July 4 fun to end? Stay a while at Shipgarten’s all-day celebration. The event is family- and dogfriendly with a mix of entertainment. The drink selection will feature over 40 beer and cider samples and red, white, and blue shooters. The celebration will also include a water balloon toss, outdoor games,food, and a kids area. Of course, no July 4 party is complete without a fireworks display. That’s set for 4 p.m. 7581 Colshire Dr., McLean, free, plus food and drink costs
Through July 30
This new exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Art Center demonstrates the undeniable connections between artists and the animal kingdom. Featuring the Kiln Club, this show will share art that celebrates the wild animal world and reflects the myriad of life forms on our planet. 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, free
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