Avoid the Traffic, Enjoy the Show: Fireworks Displays in Md. and Va.

WASHINGTON — D.C.’s epic fireworks extravaganza is a big deal, but many (understandably) would rather not brave the heavy traffic around the National Mall on July 4.

Missing out on all that traffic, however, doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on fireworks. Several displays are scheduled in Maryland and Virginia. Here are some selected shows around the region.

(Shows will be Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.)

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Alexandria, Virginia\n

Alexandria Birthday Celebration: July 8; 5\u201310 p.m.\n

Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St.\n

Read more about Alexandria’s 268th birthday celebration on the city’s website.\n

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland\n

Historic Annapolis, 9:15 p.m.\n

Read more on the Visit Annapolis website.\n

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Baltimore County, Maryland\n

Catonsville High School, 9:15 p.m.\n

421 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville\n

Read more on the Catonsville Fourth of July Committee website.\n

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Calvert County, Maryland\n

Chesapeake Beach, July 2, dusk\n

Read more on the Chesapeake Beach website.\n

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Charles County, Maryland\n

Regency Furniture Stadium, 9:30 p.m.\n

11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf\n

Read more on the Charles County website.\n

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Fairfax County, Virginia\n

Churchill Road Elementary School, 9 p.m. (grounds open at 6:30 p.m.)\n

7100 Churchill Road, McLean\n

See more information on the McLean Community Center website.\n

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Frederick County, Maryland\n

Baker Park (in Frederick), dusk\n

Read more on the Celebrate Frederick website.\n

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Howard County, Maryland\n

Downtown Columbia lakefront, after dark\n

Read more on the Howard County website.\n

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Loudoun County, Virginia\n

Franklin Park, 9:30 p.m.\n

17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville\n

Other displays are scheduled for July 4, as well as dates both before and after the holiday. See an extended list here.\n

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Montgomery County, Maryland\n

Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 9:20 p.m.\n

506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg\n

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Prince George’s County, Maryland\n

Near Laurel Lakes (in Laurel), 9:15 p.m. July 1\n

For more information about Laurel’s Independence celebration on July 1, visit the Laurel 4th website.\n

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Prince William County, Virginia\n

Old Town Manassas, 9:15 p.m.\n

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Stafford County, Virginia\n

Pratt Park, 9:30 p.m.\n

120 River Road, Fredericksburg\n

Fireworks are part of the Heritage Festival. Read more on the Visit Fredericksburg website.\n

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For more information about regional fireworks shows near you, read WTOP’s Freebies list.


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