Ben and I moved to northern Virginia three years ago, a few days before the 4th of July. Since we were so close to Washington DC, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than in the nation's capital. While it was an amazing experience, it was also really overwhelming, and we knew that was going to be our first and last time going to the city for 4th of July.
One thing about northern Virginia is that there is no shortage of 4th of July celebrations. There were around four different ones to choose from that were 15 minutes away from us or less, all during the long weekend. On Friday we caught some local fireworks with friends. Then on Saturday, we decided to check out Lansdowne Celebrates America.
This event was filled with local food trucks, and stands from local breweries. After laying out our blanket in the grass for later, Ben and I tried out a couple different beers, and grabbed some food from different food trucks. Then we walked around and listened to Gonzo's Nose, a local cover band that is really popular in this area. There was a local wood carver there, and Ben and I ended up buying a handmade wood bowl.
We grabbed some cupcakes and brownies, and then walked back to our blanket. Then it was time to relax while we waited for the fireworks. The fireworks were great, they set off so many, and they were really close!
How did you celebrate the 4th of July? What is your favorite local spot?