4 Things To Know For Your 4th of July Holiday Weekend

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For some of us the July 4th holiday celebration is a four-day weekend, and for others, the holiday fun will be interrupted by a Monday workday. Whatever the length of your holiday, if you are staying in Fairfax County, here are four things you should know:


1.) Three Places to Watch Fireworks in Our County 

July 1: Lake Fairfax Park in Reston will have a daylong celebration with swimming, boat rides, puppet shows, food vendors, live music and (yes!) fireworks when it gets dark. Parking is $10/vehicle. The rain date for fireworks is Sunday, July 2.

July 1: Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton will feature art exhibits, food trucks, local craft beer and wine, live music and a spectacular fireworks show! Live music begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks start at dusk. General admission is free and parking is available for $20/vehicle.

July 4: McLean’s Annual 4th of July Celebration takes place at  Churchill Road Elementary. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes free shuttle buses, a DJ and snack vendors. The rain date for fireworks is Wednesday, July 5.


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2.) Too Many Drinks on July 4? Get Home Safe With SoberRide

If you or a friend have had too much alcohol to drink, hopefully you’ve already designated a driver. If there’s no designated driver available, you can use the SoberRide program  from Tuesday, July 4 beginning at 7 p.m. to Wednesday, July 5 at 2 a.m.

What to know to get your free ride provided by Lyft:

  • Download the Lyft app to your phone, and then enter the code SOBERJULY4 in the app’s Promo section.
  • Offer is valid for up to $15 off one ride taken in the Washington, D.C. coverage area. Users are financially responsible for anything over $15. Valid for new and existing Lyft users.
  • It is available to the first 1,500 Lyft passengers who enter the code. Subject to Lyft’s terms of service.
  • You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service.
  • You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance.


3.) County Government Holiday Schedule July 3 and 4

The county’s Independence Day holiday schedule may affect your trash pick up or your library book pick up. Read the complete holiday schedule for your county services.


4.) Plan Ahead if Traveling During the Holiday Weekend 

Whether the destination is within the county or fireworks on the National Mall, a Delaware beach, Shenandoah National Park or a friend’s picnic – you can expect a lot of people traveling on roads and riding Metro. Plan ahead to take some stress out of your travel:

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