Your Guide to the Fourth in Loudoun

Your Guide to the Fourth in Loudoun

Those looking for a local fireworks show for the Fourth of July have several options to chose from in central and Western Loudoun.

All shows are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise. County officials ask residents leave sparklers and other private fireworks at home.

  • Franklin Park – 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville – 9:30 p.m. – Rain date July 5
  • Middleburg – 500 North Pendleton Road, Middleburg – 9:20 p.m. – Rain date July 5
  • Ida Lee Park – 50 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg – 9:30 p.m. – Rain date July 5
  • Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park – 42326 Balls Bluff Road, Leesburg – 3:00 p.m. (Cannon Fire)
  • Private show at Creighton Farms – 22050 Creighton Farms Drive, Aldie – 9:30 p.m. – Rain date July 5

There will also be one last fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. July 5 at 20588 Ashburn Village Boulevard, Ashburn, with a rain date set for July 6.

In addition to the fireworks, there are also annual Fourth of July Parades:

  • Leesburg’s parade – 10 a.m. at Ida Lee Park.
  • Ashburn’s parade – 10:30 a.m. at the Ashburn Village
  • Middleburg’s parade – 6 p.m. with line up starting at the Farmer’s Market. All Middleburg Fourth of July celebrations are centered around the town’s community center.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office would also like to remind residents to use personal fireworks safely. In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries, officials said. Children younger than 15 accounted for more than one-quarter of those injuries. Officials say the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

For those who choose to use fireworks, see below for safety and legal tips:

• In Loudoun County, consumer fireworks – namely sparklers and ground based fountains – are legal to possess and use on private property. You should only purchase legal consumer fireworks from a local business or roadside stand possessing a fireworks retail permit from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. These fireworks have been tested to ensure they meet the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s  requirements.

• Consumer fireworks that rise into the air, explode, travel laterally on the ground or emit projectiles are illegal to possess or use anywhere in Virginia. Possession and/or use of  these materials is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

• For backyard displays using legal consumer fireworks, wet down the area before use to  prevent accidental fires. Ground based fireworks should be placed on open, stable, flat  surfaces, keeping onlookers 20 ft. from the display.

• Adults should supervise the use of sparklers as they burn at a  temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, hot enough to cause severe burns and ignite  clothing. Keep children from running while using sparklers.

• Used fireworks should be placed in a metal container, soaked with water, and allowed  to cool overnight in a location that is at least 15 feet away from any building or structure. Re-check the container in the morning to ensure nothing is smoldering, then properly dispose of the wet materials.

• Never pick up fireworks that were “duds’ or did not fire, as they may still be active. Wait 20 minutes and treat as spent fireworks, soaking overnight and placing in a metal  container with a lid, away from any structure.