Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria on July Fourth

Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions

Fireworks on the Alexandria waterfront. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA – Happy Fourth of July, readers! This week’s column is special. It centers on parties that celebrate our county’s birthday. So tell all your friends and family. Let’s throw America the biggest bash ever!

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon

Thursday, July 4

8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Prices vary)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

There might not be a better way to celebrate July Fourth than to spend the day at our first president’s estate! There will be daytime fireworks and a colonial military re-enactment. Also, birthday cake and a festive concert. For tickets, click HERE. This fun event is included with general admission.

The Potomac Riverboat Water Taxi. (Courtesy photo)

Independence Day Fireworks Cruises

Thursday, July 4

8:30–10:30 p.m. ($150 per ticket)

Departure Location: Alexandria City Marina

The foot of Cameron Street

See a stunning fireworks display from the Wharf Water Taxi. Beer and wine will be available, plus soda, water, and snacks. For tickets, click HERE.

Rosemont Fourth of July Celebration

Thursday, July 4

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Maury Elementary School

600 Russell Road

Join in the festivities at Alexandria’s oldest celebration. It has taken place for more than 50 years. Rocklands BBQ will provide food!

Northern Virginia Casual Bicycling Group Fireworks Ride

Thursday, July 4

5:45–10:30 p.m. (RSVP requested)

Departure Location: Alexandria City Hall

300 King Street

Are you a cyclist who wishes to take a ride to see the fireworks in D.C.? There’s a group just for you! And the annual ride is in its eighth year. Click HERE for more information.

The Tall Ship Providence is a 110′ accurate replica of America’s first war ship. (Courtesy image)

Marvel at the Tall Ship Providence

Thursday, July 4 through next year

The Alexandria Waterfront

This ship is the talk of the town! It arrived just a day ago and crowds have already gathered to see the replica Revolutionary War-era vessel. There’s no boarding yet – at least not until late summer – but join the crowd and welcome Alexandria’s newest treasure.

Old Town Homemade Iced Tea Party

Thursday, July 4

11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Free)

Stitch Sew Shop
1219 King Street

fibre space
1319 Prince Street

Visit before the fireworks start. Enjoy some iced tea and sewing. Use of the space is completely free.

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company

Friday, July 5–Sunday, July 7

Friday: 5–8 p.m., Saturday: 12–8 p.m., and Sunday: 12–4 p.m. (Free admission, plus cost of food and beverage.)

Waterfront Park
1 King Street

For the second weekend in a row, Port City Brewing is having a huge party! Check out all kinds of craft beers. Chadwicks (Friday & Saturday), Rocklands BBQ (Saturday), the Smoking Kow (Sunday) and Dolci Gelati are providing food. Live music and DJs will entertain. Bring as many of your friends as possible.

Note: All outdoor pools in the city will be open from 10 a.m.–5:45 p.m. Chinquapin will be open from 6 a.m.–3 p.m.