Thursday, June 27, 2019

Celebrate Independence Day this year with events throughout Downtown Arlington, including activities at the Downtown Library. Join Light Up Arlington on July 3 for family activities, music and fireworks, then return on July 4 for a morning parade. All library locations will be closed on July 4, but the Downtown Library will be open its usual hours on July 3.

Light Up Arlington, an annual festival featuring live music, family activities, food for purchase, and fireworks, returns for another year in Downtown Arlington. Events begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 10:30. Don’t miss fireworks, beginning at 9:45! Click here to visit the Light Up Arlington website.

The Downtown Library will be open its usual hours on July 3.  Light up the Library will begin at 3 pm and Festival goers are invited to stop in until 9 p.m. Enjoy the crafts and open-ended activities for the family, check out a book, or simply take a break from the heat. 

Starting at 6 p.m. the City Center Plaza will hold children's activities including the Imagination Playground and a Bubble Bus. Food trucks, local vendors and face painters will also be available outside! Don't miss fun animal visitors with All About Animals at 6 p.m. inside, then music by Russel Jack at 7 p.m. back out in the Plaza.


Free public parking is available throughout downtown Arlington for Light Up Arlington. Beginning at 1 p.m., lane closures and traffic changes will occur as festival set up begins. After 5 p.m., no traffic will be allowed in or out of the event boundary, which is shown in yellow on the above map. Library patrons are advised to choose their parking spots carefully on July 3.

The library will close before fireworks are lit at 9:45, so is not available for firework viewing. The third floor rooftop garden, reading room and the meeting spaces on the eastern side of the third floor will be closed in late afternoon for a private event. Find lots of great firework viewing locations at the Light Up Arlington page.

The fun continues after the fireworks! Come back the following morning for the Arlington 4th of July Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Click here for more information, including a map of the parade route. All library locations will be closed on July 4 and will reopen with regular hours July 5.