Celebrate July 4th at local historic sites



George Washington’s Mount Vernon celebrates Independence Day with special events and special daytime fireworks. Contributed photo

July 4th is a celebration of the founding of America. Local historic sites of national significance provide places to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the outdoors while learning more about the founding of the nation.

See which historic sites are open locally on July 4 and 5, then check out the Chamber’s business directory at https://mountvernonleechamber.org/ to find out which stores and restaurants are ready to provide you with what you need for your celebration.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Celebrate “America’s Independence at Mount Vernon” with fireworks designed for the day. At 11 a.m., witness a moving ceremony in which people from around the world become U.S. citizens. Throughout the day, meet General Washington, observe and learn to fly 18th-century hot air balloons, and listen to 18th-century music from the Sons of Liberty. See the activities for the whole weekend at https://www.mountvernon.org/


Gunston Room

Explore George Mason’s ideas, weigh his choices and learn about his actions in this new exhibition on “Revolutionary Rights”. Investigate the legacy of this inescapable founder of our country, through activities and ideas for the whole family. Start your visit at http://gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/

United States Army National Museum

On July 2, from noon to 1 p.m., participate in a virtual conference with the chief curator, “Founding The Nation”. During this virtual event, Chief Curator Paul Morando shares artifacts from the “Founding the Nation Gallery”. The gallery presents the history of the army from the colonial period to the War of 1812. Learn more about https://www.thenmusa.org/events/ The museum is open July 4 and 5 and tickets can be booked online.

Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House

At this historic site, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to preserving the site’s cultural heritage, particularly the stories of enslaved and liberated black communities and their descendants. The mansion, built in 1805, was donated to Nelly Custis and Lawrence Lewis by George Washington. Also on site is the Pope-Leighey designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Woodlawn is open July 4 and 5. See http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/


Military Women Memorial

Avoid the crowds this July 4th by watching the spectacular DC fireworks display during a comfortable and exclusive event at the Military Women’s Memorial. Enjoy a delicious buffet of catering, beer and wine, live music and family activities for all ages. Your all-inclusive ticket includes free and convenient on-street parking, air-conditioned building and toilets, food, drink and entertainment. Avoid the crowds and enjoy the 4th with ease and comfort at the Women’s Military Memorial. Buy your tickets on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-womens-memorial-fourth-of-july-celebration-tickets-160832529425

Center for the Arts Workhouse

It wouldn’t be July 4th without fireworks. Enjoy the local fireworks on Friday, July 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the favorite US Navy band and DJ Nose. Arrive early for more surprises between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Drive-in Tail Gate includes a tour of Uncle Sam, Julia the Balloon Twister, art demonstrations, and a performance by the Great Zucchini. More details on this family event are at https://www.workhousearts.org/workhouse-events/workhouse-fireworks-2021/


Gum Springs Black History Museum

The Gum Springs Museum is delighted to present an interactive virtual tour of the museum with exhibits on Gum Springs founder West Ford. The interactive tour can be viewed on 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.


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