5 Things to Know for Your July 4th Holiday Weekend


Red, white and blue bunting, flags, fireworks, picnics, parades and warm weather – it’s the Fourth of July and we are so ready to celebrate the long holiday weekend! But, before you grab that box of  sparklers, read these 5 things to know for the holiday:


1. Fireworks Are a Blast – From a Safe Distance
  • If you are planning to buy fireworks, you should know that only certain fireworks are permissible to use in our county.
  • Keep all bystanders at least 25 feet away from fireworks and children should be supervised closely.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Read more safety tips and watch this video:

2. Two Places to Watch Spectacular Fireworks in Fairfax County
  • Saturday, July 2: Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is hosting an Independence Day celebration with art exhibits, food trucks, local craft beer and wine, live music and a fireworks show. Parking is $10.
  • Monday, July 4: Spend the day at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston and enjoy swimming, boat rides, puppet shows, food vendors, live music and fireworks. Parking is $5.


3. Too Much Holiday Drinking? Get Home Safe

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, then call SoberRide for a free ride home available from July 4 at 10 p.m. until July 5 at 4 a.m.

  • Call 1-800-200-TAXI (1-800-200-8294)
  • Call between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Rides are free up to a $30 maximum fare
  • Riders must be 21 years old
  • You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance


4. County Government Holiday Schedule

What RECenters are open July 4? What is the Connector schedule?  Read the complete holiday schedule for your county services.


5. Good News – Metro Open for the Holiday Weekend!

The SafeTrack program will take a break for July 4, though it resumes after the holiday. Connector is also offering special late night service on the 4th.


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