Oh say, can you…tell us what’s more American than an Independence Day Parade? Near the Nation’s Capital? Probably nothing, so let’s embrace our patriotism and head to one of these fantastic local shows-on-a-road this July 4 holiday!

The options abound with plenty of pizzazz, varieties of acts, motorized vehicles of all sorts (the tiny Shriner Cars dazzle at the Fairfax City Parade!), pre-Revolution historic small-town charm, and that DC swampy heat we all know and learn to live with. Click the town name for a link to more info. 

Larger Parades


Fairfax City 10:00AM – noon  (rain or shine)

Route: loops around Old Town Fairfax, along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive, and Armstrong Street. 

Featuring: nine high school marching bands, large inflatable parade balloons, floats, and clowns. 


Downtown Leesburg, 10:00 AM

Route: along King Street from Ida Lee Drive to Fairfax Street

Featuring: American Originals Fife and Drums Corps & Patriot’s Cup Competition for the best parade entry.


Smaller “Hometown Style” Parades


Great Falls  9:00AM – 12:30PM

Route: Great Falls Village Centre, along Columbine St, Lunenburg, and Walker

Featuring: Horses, antique cars, bands, animals, groups, and more


Lyon Village, Arlington  10:00 AM – noon. 

Route: begins at corner of Key Blvd. and Highland Street.

Featuring: citizens also celebrating the 90th birthday of their beloved neighborhood – lots of pomp and circumstance!

The Town of Purcellville 11:00 AM

Route: 2.5 miles starting and ending at Blue Ridge Middle School

Featuring: Hometown participation: anyone can enter to be in the parade!


Town of Waterford, 11:00 AM

Route: down Second and Main Streets.

Featuring: Bicycles, tamed animals, ponies and horses, non-motorized scooters, golf carts, antique cars/tractors driven by licensed drivers.


Tips: Whether you bring kids, bring snacks and water! Even better, bring a misting water bottle to spritz yourself as you get hot! Get a head start if you’re going to a bigger show so you can grab a spot to sit – blankets or towels to sit on are smart to have, too! Happy 4th!!