What to do around the Richmond Highway corridor this weekend


The U.S. Army Golden Knights will make a parachute jump at the Army Birthday Festival. (Credit: National Museum of the U.S. Army)

*Update (June 10): The Friends of Dyke Marsh has rescheduled the Ecology Walk for Sept. 16 due to air quality concerns. More info at fodm.org.  And the National Museum of the U.S. Army reports that all free tickets for the Army Birthday event have been taken, so the event is now sold out.

There are a handful of special events taking place around the Richmond Highway corridor this weekend. Keep an eye on local weather reports for air quality updates and consider attending one of these five fun, interesting  (and free) opportunities:


5 things to do on Saturday, June 10

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Army's 248th Birthday Festival & Free Admission - Sat Jun 10 9:00 am

National Museum of the U.S. Army

[*Update: Event is now sold out of free tickets]

Celebrate the Army’s 248th Birthday!

Explore U.S. Army history inside the National Army Museum and enjoy special outdoor activities on the new Warriors’ Field with performances by The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Army vehicle and equipment displays, inflatable bounce house, gaming activities and much more. End the day with a special Twilight Tattoo performance!

Admission to the Museum and the Festival are FREE and includes activities for visitors of all ages from 9 a.m. to… [more details]

Declaration Day - Sat Jun 10 9:45 am

Gunston Hall

Mark your calendar for next Saturday, June 10th.
Join us for a remembrance of the 247th anniversary of the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights!
There will be lots of activities for everyone:
Museum Theater in the mansion - "George Mason and his Legacy,"
Live music - Washington's Camerata performing music from George Mason's time,
Historical Character Frederick Douglass talking about voting rights,
Birthday cake for the VA Declaration of Rights 🎂, and a special naturalization ceremony… [more details]

Virginia Passenger Rail Authority - Franconia Area Projects Public Meeting - Sat Jun 10 10:00 am

Lorton Library

Franconia to Lorton Third Track will add approximately 6 miles of mainline third track from Franconia to Lorton, creating a continuous third track corridor between Alexandria and Lorton. This project will increase railroad capacity and alleviate congestion. In addition, the project includes the construction of railroad bridges over Newington Road, railroad bridges over Route 1, and other railroad bridges to accommodate the additional third line track. Join us to learn about the Virginia… [more details]

FLF's Children's Summer Reading Festival - Sat Jun 10 10:00 am

Lorton Library

Come one, come all, to the launch of an exciting FREE event to kick-off Fairfax County Public Library’s summer reading program! Our inaugural Children’s Summer Reading Celebration is designed to encourage young readers to continue their enthusiasm for reading straight into summer vacation. There will be: Games & Crafts, Bounce House, Snacks, Facepainting, DJ, Photobooth, Food Trucks, Mini Zoo and more … Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-summer-reading-festival-lorton-l…[more details]

Ecology Walk: Dyke Marsh
- *Sat Jun 10 10:00 am

Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve

[*Update: Event has been rescheduled to Sept. 16 due to air quality concerns.]

Join naturalist and biologist Charles Smith at 10 a.m. on an ecology walk and learn all about tidal marsh ecology, vegetative communities, system stressors, seasonality of vegetation and wildlife and ecosystems’ importance. So everyone can hear and learn, we have to limit the walk to 20 people. To register, email info@fodm.org and put “Ecology Walk” in the subject box. Meet at the Haul Road trail entrance. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. We kindly request that you not bring… [more details]

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