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5. Where to catch some fireworks shows on the Fourth

Fireworks shows have been canceled in Manassas, Manassas Park, Montclair, Fairfax, Reston and Leesburg. What would have been the 50th annual Dale City Independence Day and Leesburg’s annual parade are both taking a year off thanks to coronavirus precautions.

But the show will go on in some places, though perhaps slightly modified.

4. Northam orders bars to remain closed as Virginia moves into Phase Three

No bar-hopping just yet. Reversing an earlier plan to allow bar seating to open in Phase Three with physical distancing requirements in place, the governor on Tuesday cited surges of coronavirus cases in other states, some of which have been attributed to bars.

3. New laws go into effect today

Hundreds of new laws in Virginia go into effect Wednesday, July 1. More than 1,200 bills cleared the legislature, and were signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, with most taking effect Wednesday, WTOP reports.

Others, including a minimum wage increase, to $9.50 per hour won’t become law until 2021. A law banning holding a cellphone while driving will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

2. Loudoun COVID-19 cases surge due to beach week, but region's average falls again

Northern Virginia's rolling seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is at its lowest level since early April, the Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday, although Loudoun County officials are warning of a surge in cases among teens and young adults tied to a large group trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1. Partly cloudy, chance of showers

There's a slight chance of rain showers between 10 a.m. and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms the rest of the afternoon. Otherwise expect a partly sunny day with a high near 88 degrees.

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