July 4th Celebration

Thursday, July 4, 2019

  • George Mason High School:
    7124 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church, VA 22043
  • Gates open at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Food trucks on site, including DC Steakholders, Flying Moo Ice Cream, Los Wingeez, and Z Enterprises Inc. (Fair Food). 
  • Music by The Excellent Drivers starting at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored in part by VPIS. 
  • Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.; follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for updated information that evening
Seating is available at Jack Gambill Athletic Fields or the Northern Virginia Graduate Center Parking Lot.

The event is free to the public. Blankets and flat-based chairs are allowed for seating on the field. Food and drinks will be sold on site, but alcohol, smoking, glass containers, fireworks, and pets are not permitted.


Parking at the High School will be restricted to event personnel and visitors with a Disabled Parking placard. Visitors are encouraged to park for free at the West Falls Church Metro Station Parking Garage, accessible from Haycock Road. 

​Where to Park

Visitors are encouraged to park at the West Falls Church Metro Station Parking Garage, accessible from Haycock Road. Parking at the garage is free on holidays. There are over 2,000 parking spaces available and is a short walk to the festivities. 

Tailgating is not allowed inside the West Falls Church Metro Parking Garage. Any visitors found in violation may be asked to leave the premises. 

​Where NOT to Park

  • George Mason High School and Mary Ellen Henderson parking lots: School parking lots will be restricted to event personnel and visitors with handicap placards.
  • The Northern Virginia Center (aka UVA/Virginia Tech) parking lot: This lot, off of Falls Church Dr., will be closed to event participants
  • The Falls Church Plaza Shopping Center: The shopping center across from the High School, at 1200 W. Broad St., is for patrons of the shopping center businesses only. You may be towed if you park and leave the premises

​Residential Street Parking Restrictions

Parking will be restricted within City limits near George Mason High School so that emergency vehicles can use residential streets. From 6 p.m to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, the following streets will have parking restricted to one side of the street only:
  • Grove Ave.
  • Birch St.
  • Spruce St.
  • Offut Dr.
  • Falls Ave.
Traffic restrictions will also be in place after the show. Visitors are asked to heed police officers directing traffic. 

​Disabled Placard Parking

Parking for those with a valid Disabled Parking placard is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the school campus (at the "Senior Parking Lot"). Enter from Haycock Road. and show your placard; officers will direct vehicles.

​Additional Independence Day Activities 

Don't miss the Independence Day Readings of the Founding Documents of the Nation at The Falls Church Episcopal Historic Church at noon. Hosted by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS), this annual event allows us to focus on the meaning of Independence Day with a review of the issues of the times and the reading of the important documents that created the basis for our democracy and freedom.