View the National Fireworks from Arlington
Long Bridge Park
Watch the national fireworks at Arlington’s Long Bridge Park, located on the north end of Crystal City. It’s easy to get there by bicycle — connection to the Mount Vernon Trail is nearby. There are a number of on-site parking spots, and it’s easily accessible from Metrorail (Crystal City station, Blue Line), and Metrobus. The event will feature activities for the whole family, food vendors and live music. Visit the July 4th Celebration page for more info.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Arlington County residents may view the National Mall fireworks from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Whipple Field, located on the Fort Myer portion of the base. Read details.
Air Force Memorial
The Air Force Memorial is a great viewing location and is holding a free 2014 Independence Day concert. Closest Metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City. Limited parking available on Southgate Road, or you can park at Pentagon Mall; be sure to be parked no later than 7:30 p.m. Read about parking and shuttle buses. See information below on parking on the Pentagon Reservation. Please note: parking/viewing is no longer available at the former Navy Annex.
Gateway Park in Rosslyn
Take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Gateway Park in Rosslyn is a short walk from Metro.
To reach the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Gravely Point parking lot, head south on the Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport. At the airport, circle back and head north onto the Parkway towards the 14th Street Bridge. About a quarter of mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area. No glass bottles, alcohol or fireworks are allowed at the Gravely Point parking lot or anywhere along the Parkway.
If you plan to watch the fireworks from Iwo Jima, take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Approximate walking distance from Rosslyn Metro to Iwo Jima is 0.2 mile.
The Key Bridge crosses the Potomac River between Georgetown and Arlington. Take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Get there early to grab a spot at the bridge. There’s no seating at the bridge, and you can stand on the sidewalks only.
Everyone visiting the Pentagon Reservation to park or view fireworks is subject to guidelines.
A number of streets will be closed on July 4th. See street closures for July 4, 2014. Take Metro if possible. Questions about traffic or street closings should be directed to the Special Operations Section of the Arlington County Police Department at 703-228-4147 (recorded message) or 703-228-4141.
Arlington County residents and visitors are also reminded that
- Alcoholic beverages, grills and fireworks are prohibited on County and federal parkland during Independence Day events.
- Vendors will not be allowed in the area of the Iwo Jima Memorial.
- Coolers and backpacks are subject to search.
July 4th in the Neighborhoods
A number of Arlington neighborhoods host community celebrations as well.
- Albemarle Parade and Celebration
- Barcroft Parade
- Bluemont’s Bell: the Bluemont neighborhood holds a ceremonial ringing of its historic bell on July 4 at 12 noon; it’s located at the corner of George Mason Drive and Wilson Blvd.
- Douglas Park Parade and Picnic
- Fairlington Villages Parade
- Lee Heights Parade and Celebration
- Lyon Village’s parade and celebration is a neighborhood tradition dating to 1971.