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All Fairlington Bulletin

Read the July 2024 All Fairlington Bulletin.

July 4 Parade & Bake Sale

It’s time for the annual July 4th Parade! The parade itself is open to anyone who wants to march. To participate, meet at the old Fairlington fire station at 3116 S. Abingdon St. by 9:45 a.m. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. sharp!

This year will see the return of the popular fifer duo, dressed in traditional colonial garb. Fire Station 9 has agreed to provide a fire truck if it’s not required to respond to an emergency. Arlington County Police Department officers on motorcycles will lead the parade and coordinate a rolling closure of the Abingdon and 31st St. intersection.

The parade marches along Abingdon St. from the old fire station to the Fairlington Villages Community Center (FVCC) parking lot, 3005 S. Abingdon St. There are many spots along the route for spectators to watch, wave, and cheer as the parade passes by.

Following the parade, there is a community-wide celebration at FVCC parking lot with free hot dogs (“breakfast sandwiches”), cold drinks, and ice cream. There will also be activities for kids, including temporary tattoos and face painting.

A bake sale benefitting the Arlington Food Assistance Center will be available to satisfy your sweet tooth. To donate your favorite baked goods (please, no frostings or fillings to melt in the heat), deliver them to the tables set up at the FVCC between 9 and 9:30 a.m. To volunteer to help set up and sell at the bake sale, contact Robin Weinick at rweinick at gmail.com.

More volunteers are needed to help with the July 4th activities, e-mail activities at fairlingtonvillages.com or call 703-379-1440.

FCA Virtual Work Session July 10 

The FCA Board will hold a virtual work session during its next meeting, Wednesday, July 10. There will be no special presentation.

Proposed Metrobus Changes

Read the summary below and find out more about the proposed D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have agreed to provide additional funding to Metro, staving off the major service cuts Metro previewed last December. However, there are many proposed changes, including route numbers.

Routes that primarily serve Arlington and Alexandria would start with “A”. Routes primarily serving Fairfax would start with “F” and routes primarily in the District would start with “D” or “C”.

For North Fairlington, Metro would replace current route 7A with Route A27. It would still run from Van Dorn Station to Pentagon via Shirlington like the 7A. The new A27 would run every 30 minutes most times, with no extra service at rush hours. The current 7A has five buses per hour. The new A27 would only have two buses per hour, a 60% reduction in service. It appears that the route would use the regular I-395 lanes to Pentagon City all the time. The current 7A uses the Express Lanes at rush hours, saving a lot of time for regular commuters.

For South Fairlington, Metro would replace routes 22A and 22F with new route F66. This route would start in Culmore, go through Skyline City and Shirlington, then up the hill, through South Fairlington to Pentagon via Quaker. Outside of rush hours it would deviate through Pentagon City. Buses would come every 30 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 60minutes on Sundays. This would be about the same rush hour service as today’s 22A and 22F provide but slightly better off-peak and Saturday service.

Metro has proposed a new route in South Fairlington, the route A71. This route would run from Ballston to Shirlington to King Street-Old Town Station via George Mason, Four Mile Run, South Fairlington, and King Street. This route would run every 30 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 60 minutes on Sunday. This would provide a new connection directly through South Fairlington to King Street-Old Town Station. Currently, DASH provides Line 31 on King Street to King Street-Old Town Station, though it may be a long walk to the stops for some residents.

Fairlington Farmers Market July Activities

The Fairlington Farmers Market is open for the season. Now in its ninth year, our popular neighborhood market will be held every Sunday from May 5 through November 24. Visit the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the back patio of the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.

  • July 7: Face painting by Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry; music by Gemma & Molly
  • July 14: Arlington Art Truck. “What is Your Guidepost?” by Arlington artist Molly McCracken
  • July 21: Free ice cream from market sponsor Kay Houghton & Associates; Facepainting by Cristina; music by John Kamman
  • July 28: Facepainting by Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry

Upcoming Events


What Is the Fairlington Citizens Association?

The Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA) is about you. All residents are members and an executive board is elected annually. The FCA’s mission is to promote activities that make Fairlington a better community in which to live by serving as a forum for discussion of residents’ concerns and by representing Fairlington’s views to local government.

Read more under About the FCA and find out how you can get involved. Fairlington is a National Register and Virginia Landmark Historic District.