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Celebrating the 4th of July

Independence Day Celebration. The Town of Leesburg is hosting the 12th Annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 at Ida Lee Park. Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy music, activities and food. Music will be provided by The Pan Masters at 5:30 p.m. and The Fabulous Hubcaps at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks display, which begins at 9:30 p.m., will be choreographed to music.

<lst>Fourth of July Parade and Party. Parade 10:30 a.m. Party with DJ, dunk tank, giant slide, moon bounce, and paddle boats 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pavilion on Ashburn Village Blvd., Ashburn. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 703-729-5162.

Star Spangled Celebration. July 6 at 7 p.m., Hillside Park, Broadlands. Performance by John McCutcheon, a four-time Grammy nominee singer, storyteller. Call 703-777-6306 or visit www.bluemont.org.

Ol’ Time Fourth of July Celebration. All ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Celebrate the 4th of July at Claude Moore Park. Live entertainment, an Amazing Reptile show, Frogshackle Nature Center and hands-on nature displays, and farm animals. Also pony rides, hay rides and old-time games. Tour the historic Lanesville Ordinary and see displays of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Call 703-444-1275.

Independence Day Celebration at Middleburg. Middleburg Community Center at 6 p.m. Free. Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Games, contests, music, food, and fireworks after 6 p.m. Call 540-687-6375

Falls Church Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy music by Diamond Alley starting at 7 p.m., with fireworks following at 9:30 p.m. George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Free. Call 703-248-5178.

Fireworks at Langley High School. Enjoy fireworks and the McLean Symphony at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Starting at 6 p.m. Free. Call 703-790-0123.

Vienna Independence Day Celebration. Celebrate with fireworks, music and family games. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE, Vienna. From noon-10 p.m. Free.

Mount Vernon Celebrates American Independence. From 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mount Vernon Estate's Bowling Green. Music including 18th century music and the National Concert Band of America, a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10:15 a.m. a procession from the Bowling Green to George Washington's tomb at 10:30 a.m., marching, ceremonies and birthday cake. The Mount Vernon estate is located at the end of the George Washington Parkway south of Alexandria.

Fort Belvoir Freedom Fest. Families are invited to participate in the annual Fourth of July festival. Fort Belvoir Pullen Field between 12th and 16th streets on Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir. From 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Call 703-805-3378.

Franconia Fourth of July Extravaganza. Enjoy rides, music and fireworks at Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia. Starting at noon. Free.

The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation hosts a day-long event including a parade, fireworks, history and firefighters beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Parade performers include aerial acrobatics, musicians and two marching bands from Baltimore and the Washington Redskins. The theme “America Stands Proud” was created by Daniels Run Elementary School student Katie McGee. Following the parade, local fire companies will compete using firefighting techniques, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive. During the events the City of Fairfax police officers will host an ice cream social and bike ride-along, from 1-3 p.m. at Van Dyck Park. As the sun sets, the Fairfax Band, Holly Bingham from the U.S. Army Band and Still Surfin’ — a Beach Boys tribute band serenade at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway. Fireworks begin after dark; rain date for fireworks only is July 5. Red, Hot & Blue will provide boxed barbecue dinners. Shuttle bus service for the parade runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m. from George Mason University, Woodson High School and Fairfax United Methodist Church. For the evening show, shuttles will travel from Woodson High School at 6 p.m. and return after the show. For more information on the activities or to volunteer, call 703 385-7949 or visit www.ci.fairfax.va.us.

Lorton's Annual Fourth of July Parade. 11 a.m. Lorton Station Blvd. between Lorton Road and Commuter Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station. Free celebration at the VRE Station after the parade until 1 p.m

Reston Association July 4th Celebration. Come to the pool and enjoy the festivities before the fireworks. Enjoy music provided by a DJ, pool games, prizes and a moon bounce. Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Newport Pool, 11601 Lake Newport Road. Free. To register, call 703-435-6530.

Reston Fireworks Display. Fireworks display is presented at dusk over Lake Fairfax. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. Free.

Herndon Fourth of July Celebrations. The afternoon will feature games, live family entertainment, an organized walk, free hot dogs and lemonade at Bready Park, noon-4 p.m. Evening festivities include singer Katy Benko followed by fireworks at Herndon High School, 8-10 p.m. 703-435-6868.

<bt>The Centreville Community Foundation is once again sponsoring the annual Centreville Fourth of July festivities. Fireworks will be held at Centreville High School with a fabulous display beginning on Thursday, July 4 at 9:15 p.m. There will also be a band playing patriotic music, and pizza and drinks will be on sale.

This year's CCF fireworks committee is chaired by Bryan Hunt of Bryan Hunt, CPA, Bill Harvey of Harvey Insurance Agency and Jim Intibar of Dulles Minuteman Press. The committee has been working hard on raising funds for the evening of entertainment and excitement for the benefit of Centreville's residents.

The major corporate sponsor of the fireworks this year is once again Carteret Mortgage with a donation of $5,000.

The Lawless and Crossett Family are donating $1,000 in memory of Rachel Crossett, and more donations have been pledged from other businesses.

Everyone attending the fireworks display is asked to make a donation to help defray the costs of the event. Come prepared to do your part in ensuring the future of the Centreville Fourth of July celebration.

The Centreville Community Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer organization supporting activities in the areas of the arts, youth, education, health, economic development and community improvement for the benefit of the Greater Centreville area. CCF is providing the means through which all of the elements of the Centreville community can contribute to the town to help maintain its quality of life. To make a donation, contact Bryan Hunt at 703-322-9770, or e-mail to bryan@huntcpa.com or to volunteer, contact Pat Lawless at 703-631-3200.

National Mall Fourth of July. Erich Kunzel will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in the traditional Independence Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The concert features the music of Richard Rodgers. Fireworks at the Washington Monument will end the concert which will be broadcast on National Public Radio and on public television stations. There will be security measures and the gates will not open until 2:30 p.m.