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AROUND TOWN/Both 4th of July and Christmas This Month

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jun 30,2010
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />This year’s fireworks display promises to be even more spectacular than last years.<br />
Courtesy Photo
This year’s fireworks display promises to be even more
spectacular than last years.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Looking for something different this 4th of July?
Then head over to Gaylord National for their Fireworks & Fun Celebration on Sunday, July 4.

Don’t worry about fighting traffic, searching for parking and arriving hours early to “claim a spot” to see fireworks. Watching the fireworks at Gaylord National Resort is a unique and enjoyable way to spend the Fourth of July.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Think cool – Union Street Public House is participating in Christmas in July.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Think cool – Union Street Public House is
participating in Christmas in July.

In addition to the fireworks display, the event feature dozens of fun activities, including a live concert on the resort’s outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Potomac River.  Children will enjoy their own Kid’s Zone area featuring carnival rides, games and activities, while adults can enjoy a Wine & Cigar Garden.  

The grand finale for all will be a spectacular fireworks show over the Potomac River, which can be watched comfortably from the resort’s picturesque lawns and gardens.  Afterwards, guests can retire comfortably to their own room, not having to worry about fighting traffic home.  

Gaylord National’s Fireworks & Fun Celebration is Sunday, July 4, 5-9:30 p.m. at Gaylord National Resort (Outdoor/Waterfront Area), 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. For more information, visit

Event Highlights include:

  • Live music performances on multiple stages
  • Food and drink concessions*
  • Kids Zone area featuring kid’s rides, activities, face painting and clowns*
  • Wine & Cigar Garden for adults, featuring a relaxing setting with cigar-rolling demonstrations and shoulder massages by Relâche Spa
  • Grand Finale Fireworks – a dazzling show with musical accompaniment over the Potomac River at 9:30 p.m.

*Additional purchase is required for some activities.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />You won’t need hats and coats for this Christmas celebration.
Photo by Gale Curcio
You won’t need hats and coats for this
Christmas celebration.

 Fireworks & Fun July 4th Celebration Package
Availability:  July 4, 2010
Package price:  $199 for a family of four*
To Book:  Call 877-432-8674 or visit

Come back to Gaylord National all summer long for SummerFest. Starting on July 2, guests will enjoy Sunset Celebrations and Dive-In Movies at the Pool; George Washington & Abraham Lincoln wax figures by Madame Tussaud’s Washington D.C.

Monumental Sand Sculptures displayed throughout the atrium; Nightly live entertainment, including a new Fanfare at the Fountain show; A Washington Brunch – featuring a chance to meet George or Martha Washington and live music by Stereo Strings.

Once Fourth of July is over, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Yes, that’s right - On July 18-20, The Christmas Attic and Union Street businesses are co-hosting their First Annual Christmas in July Celebration.

Over 15 retailers, community and city organizations will host a variety of festive activities either inside stores or on Union Street ranging from pictures with ‘Summer’ Santa (all ages and pets welcomed), carolers, historical tours, holiday trunk shows, food and wine tastings, children storybook time, ornament making, arts & crafts, bagpipe performances, fashion styling and much more. The entire weekend will be filled with activities, raffle drawings, shopping/ dining deals and holiday delights for all ages.

“Christmas is a magical time for everyone – why not celebrate it twice a year!” says Fay Carter, owner of The Christmas Attic. “It’s been a difficult time for most small businesses and we wanted to partner and creatively work together to design a fun, collaborative summer event. Christmas is all about “magic and wonder” and in retail this is true as well. We were ready for a unique collaboration filled with magic and wonder.”

Christmas in July will be held July 18-20.
Christmas in July will be held July 16-18.

Union Street Gives Back
During the weekend, each participating business will have a donation box to collect toys for the Carpenter’s Shelter – a homeless shelter located in Alexandria, serving families across the Metropolitan region. We invite visitors to donate toys for needy children living in the shelter. Also, proceeds from the weekends raffle ticket purchases for prizes will be donated to The American Cancer Society.

Event Schedule: For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events visit

What: Union Street Christmas in July Celebration (co-presented by The Christmas Attic & the Businesses of Union Street)
When: July 16-18, 2010
Where: Union Street between Cameron & Duke Street - Old Town Alexandria, VA
Phone: 703-548-2829
Website/Schedule of Events:
Raffle Ticket Prizes/Info: Raffle tickets and drawing details are available at all participating stores.
Raffle drawings to be held on Sunday at The Christmas Attic.
Event Sponsor: Virginia Commerce Bank

Alexandria Archaeologist
Architectural Ceramics
Bike & Roll
Birkenstock Store
Encore Consignment Boutique
Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse
Mystique Jewelers & Potomac
Riverboat Company
Old Town Coffee, Tea & Spice
Old Town Gemstones
Potomac Riverboat Company
The Art League
The Christmas Attic
The Kilted Nation All Weekend
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
Union Street Public House
The Virginia Shop
Windsor of Old Town & Gentleman’s Quarters

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