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Summer Fun: Catch World-Cup Fever

Street Party in Old Town Fairfax July 11.

The thrill of World Cup 2010 and U.S. men’s soccer fans celebrated a late-game miracle goal by Landon Donovan in a 1-0 win over Algeria on June 23. That goal catapulted the U.S. team into the round of 16 and went from being life support to perhaps the greatest moment in team history.

Here at home, that meant a huge shot of soccer adrenaline for the faithful. There are lots of places to enjoy the World Cup games over the remaining few weeks of competition.

One of the grandest celebrations in Northern Virginia will take place at the World Cup 2010 Fan Fest in Old Town Fairfax City on Sunday, July 11. The atmosphere and electricity surrounding Fan Fest in Fairfax is sure to be at a fever pitch.

“We’re going to have a proper street party,” said an event spokeswoman. “And the way things are going it should be the place to be.”

The event, a soccer-inspired neighborhood block party as such, will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the game tabbed to begin at 2:30. There will be a big screen for viewing, live music and good food throughout the afternoon. Local food and business vendors will be on-hand.

North Street in Fairfax City, between Chain Bridge Road and University Drive, will be closed for the Fan Fest. Plenty of parking will be available downtown.

Don’t miss a day that the City of Fairfax web site says will be “in the grand tradition of fan festivals of Berlin, Paris and Rio.” Call 703-273-6097 for more information.