Fairfax Celebrates the Fourth with Food, Fun and Fireworks
If you rent an apartment in the City of Fairfax, be ready for July 4th (a day early), because Fairfax claims to have the biggest and best hometown parade and celebration in the Washington, D.C., area. Those are big words, so let’s take a look back at the particulars of the 2010 event.
This year’s Independence Day Celebration, the 44th in the town’s history, was themed “Fairfax Salutes America.” Simple enough. The city decided to hold the celebration on Saturday the 3rd, given the 4th landed on a Sunday. That’s a curious start, but we’ll keep going. The Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center Open House began festivities at 9 a.m. Next came the Independence Day Parade from 10 a.m. to noon, and it was a huge one with more 120 people and/or groups marching. Tours were available at the Ratcliffe-Allison House, one of the city’s oldest residences, through 1 p.m.
From there, it was on to the Old-Fashioned Fireman’s Day, a firefighter competition at 4081 University Drive, which also featured food, beverages and games. And finally, what everyone really came for, the fireworks! The Evening Show & Fireworks was held at Fairfax High School at 7:00 p.m., with the fireworks exploding in the sky at 9:20 p.m. Still Surfin’, a Beach Boys tribute band (who else?), took to the stage before and after the fireworks.
That does sound like a full July 4th celebration – albeit a day early – for one town. If you’re considering a move to Fairfax check out Apartment Showcase, you can look forward to similar festivities when the town kicks off its 45th bash next summer.