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4th of July

  • Fireworks will be held on July 3, 2024 just after dark.

Our nation's birthday. A time for celebration and patriotism. What better way to spend it than coming to Colonial Beach (which is in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area, after all!) and enjoying a fun and fabulous Fourth with friends, family, fireworks and festivities?

Typical 4th of July events that take place in Colonial Beach include things like:

  • Auto races at the dragway
  • Parade and picnic at the Pavilion in the nearby lovely Ebb Tide Beach subdivision
  • Independence Day celebrations at Stratford Hall and Washington's Birthplace with Colonial hands-on children’s activities and costumed interpretation to celebrate the birthday of the United States.
  • Breakfast fundraiser at the rescue squad building
  • Kayaking trips at Westmoreland State Park, and many more events, including live bands at Dockside and High Tides restaurants
  • Bazaar at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church on Lossing with a raffle, yard sale, bake sale, music, kids' games and more!

Take a look at our events calendar page for all that's happening that day. Note that the Town Trolley has extended hours on 4th of July holidays. Service hours are 11:00am - 7:00pm on these days. Pay special attention to traffic and parking signs in town as well. Hawthorn Street is often closed to vehicle traffic for the big celebration. Here are some more notes on parking from the CBPD: 

Our department is expecting a large number of visitors to the town this coming weekend for the 4th of July. As in the...

Posted by Colonial Beach Police Department on Saturday, June 27, 2015
President WashingtonPresident George Washington, born in Colonial Beach

Of course, the big weekend caps off with a grand display of fireworks at the Boardwalk on July 4th at around 9:00 p.m. This did not take place in 2020 or 2021

It's so much fun to anchor your boat in the Potomac River just offshore and watch the fireworks from there. Absolutely spectacular!  Lay out a blanket and watch from the sandy beach if you want. The outdoor decks at Riverboat and High Tides restaurants are great viewing spots, too.

Boats Anchored FireworksBoats anchored out awaiting the fireworks display.

You might even catch a glimpse of the mighty bald eagle as they are known to frequent and nest in our area.

Have a happy, safe and fun Fourth! 

Bald Eagle
  • There was no Town fireworks display on the 4th of July in 2021
2020 Family Fun Day event at Monroe Bay Winery

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