With July 4th a few days behind us, you may have already gotten your fill of fireworks. Children of all ages enjoy "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" (well maybe it frightens the really young and the causes heart attacks in the really old, but you know what I mean).
If you haven't yet enjoyed your share of fireworks, you are in luck. More fireworks are coming to Alexandria, Virginia. Rather than competing with the fireworks in D.C. on the National Mall on Independence Day, Alexandria prefers to wait a week every year to hold their own celebration. I always try to attend this celebration which has a fantastic fireworks display and smaller crowds and less traffic than the big shindig in D.C. on the 4th.
This Saturday, July 10th, the City of Alexandria will celebrate its 261st and the USA's 234th birthday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., located at the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. Admission is free.
The celebration includes fun for the entire family, including children's activities, community exhibits, a performance by the 257th Army Band, and birthday cake. There will be a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kim Allen Kluge presenting "Jazz & the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra."
A grand fireworks display will close out the celebration at dusk.
Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, shaved ice and kettle corn will be available for purchase (all the healthy stuff) but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic supper. Just remember, no grilling allowed.
Here's a quick video I shot last year at the Alexandria "week after July 4th" fireworks event:
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