July 4th is a celebration of America’s founding. Local historic sites of national significance provide places to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the outdoors while learning more about the nation’s founding.
See what historic sites are open locally on July 4th and July 5th and then check the Chamber’s business directory at https://mountvernonleechamber.org/ to know what stores and restaurants are ready to provide what you need for your celebration.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Celebrate “America's independence at Mount Vernon” with made-for-daytime fireworks. At 11 a.m., observe a moving ceremony in which people from across the world become U.S. citizens. Throughout the day, meet General Washington, watch and learn about flying hot air balloons in the 18th century, and hear 18th-century music from the Sons of Liberty. See activities for the entire weekend at https://www.mountvernon.org/
Explore George Mason’s ideas, weigh his choices, and discover his actions in this new exhibition on “Revolutionary Rights.” Investigate the legacy of this essential founder of our country, through activities and ideas for the whole family. Start your visit at http://gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/
National Museum of the United States Army
On July 2, noon-1 p.m., join a Virtual Gallery Talk with The Chief Curator, "Founding The Nation.” In this virtual event, Chief Curator Paul Morando shares artifacts from the “Founding the Nation Gallery.” The Gallery showcases the Army’s history from the colonial period to the War of 1812. Learn more at https://www.thenmusa.org/events/ The museum is open July 4 and July 5 and tickets may be reserved online.
Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House
At this historic site, The National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to preserving the site's cultural heritage, especially the stories of the enslaved, freed Black communities and their descendants. The mansion, built in 1805, was gifted to Nelly Custis and Lawrence Lewis by George Washington. Also on the site is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pope-Leighey. Woodlawn is open July 4 and July 5. See http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/
Military Women’s Memorial
Avoid the crowds this July 4th by viewing D.C.'s spectacular fireworks display at a comfortable, exclusive event at the Military Women's Memorial. Enjoy a delicious catered buffet, beer and wine, live music, and family-friendly activities for all ages. Your all-inclusive ticket includes free and convenient street parking, air-conditioned building and restrooms, food, beverages, and entertainment. Skip the crowds and enjoy the 4th with ease and comfort at the Military Women’s Memorial. Buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-womens-memorial-fourth-of-july-celebration-tickets-160832529425
Workhouse Arts Center
It wouldn’t be July 4th without fireworks. Enjoy local fireworks on Friday, July 2, 5-10 p.m., with all time favorite U.S. Navy Band and DJ Nose. Arrive early for other surprises between 5 and 6 p.m. The Drive-in Tail Gate includes a visit from Uncle Sam, Julia the Balloon Twister, art demos and a performance by the Great Zucchini. More details for this family-friendly event are at https://www.workhousearts.org/workhouse-events/workhouse-fireworks-2021/
Gum Springs Black History Museum
The Gum Springs Museum is excited to showcase an interactive virtual tour of the museum with exhibits about the founder of Gum Springs, West Ford. The interactive tour may be viewed at http://gumspringsmuseum.blogspot.com/2020/12/virtual-tour-of-gum-springs-museum.html
In-person tours of the museum are available by calling 703-799-1198. The museum is located at 8100 Fordson Road in the Gum Springs Community Center.