In historic Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from Washington, D.C., you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday and extend the party into the next weekend. Keep reading for our top five Independence Day festivities in Alexandria, the perfect home base for July 4th celebrations in D.C., or a one-of-a-kind getaway of its own.

1. Take a Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise on the Potomac River

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For one of the most unique and spectacular views of Washington, D.C.’s fireworks, get out on the water with Potomac Riverboat Company. Book a spot on the Wharf Water Taxi’s 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, departing from the Alexandria City Marina, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

2. Enjoy Fireworks at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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Experience Independence Day with an American Celebration at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, featuring daytime fireworks, military re-enactments, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Enjoy free birthday cake (while supplies last) and visit with General and Mrs. Washington. Listen to a performance by the National Concert Band during its “Red, White and Blue” concert and observe a moving ceremony to honor new citizens. Spend a truly inspiring day at a truly inspiring place. An American Celebration takes place rain or shine.

3. Toast the Weekend at a Waterfront Beer Garden

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Extend your celebration and say ‘cheers’ to summer at a pop-up weekend Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company, July 5-7, part of the Portside in Old Town programming at the new Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. Enjoy award-winning craft beer plus local food, live music and lawn games. Over the Fourth of July weekend, attendees can enjoy their beer with BBQ from Chadwicks on Friday and Saturday, Rocklands BBQ’s food truck on Saturday and Smoking Kow BBQ’s food truck on Sunday and cool off with treats from Dolci Gelati all weekend.

4. Check Out the Tall Ship Providence

Image credit: Ryan Smith for the Tall Ship Providence Foundation

Head to the waterfront and marvel at the tall ship Providence (arriving July 1, 2019 and opening in the fall), a full-scale replica of a 1768 Navy warship captained by John Paul Jones, the father of the U.S. Navy, under the leadership of General George Washington. Following a star turn in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Providence will host pirate-themed cruises along with educational tours and local craft beer cruises later in the summer.

5. Join the Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration on July 13

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Don’t miss our big patriotic party on the weekend AFTER July 4th! Alexandria turns 270 this year (yep, that’s 27 years older than the United States) and on Saturday, July 13, 2019 we’re celebrating with a huge birthday bash along the Potomac waterfront at Oronoco Bay Park. Live music, food vendors, birthday cake and a dazzling fireworks display over the river are all on the agenda. So grab your lawn chair and join me in saying ALX, you’re looking pretty good for 270!

Find out more things to do this summer in Alexandria.

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