Located in western Fairfax County, Herndon is just minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport. Although Herndon has grown into a major Northern Virginia commercial center over the last 20 years, the town has maintained its unique sense of community and small-town charm, seen in the downtown shops and restored homes along main street.
Community Activities: Each year, thousands of people enjoy a wide array of free concerts, special events held on the Town Green, including the Herndon Festival, Summer Concert Series, Friday Night Live, Labor Day Jazz Festival and Folk Festival. The annual Herndon Festival in historic downtown Herndon is a large town-wide event attracting people from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Events include live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children's entertainment, children's hands-on art activities, business exposition, 10K and 5K races, model railway exhibit, and an arts and crafts show including a fine arts division.
Recreation: Herndon has a variety of other outstanding recreational amenities -- numerous parks, the Herndon Community Center, the W&OD Bike Trail and the Herndon Centennial Golf Course. There are more than dozens of restaurants offering a delicious selection of international cuisine and many hotels that make visitors from across the country and the world feel at home in Herndon.
Schools: Part of the acclaimed Fairfax County Public School system, Herndon schools boast achievements in academics, sports and service. Recognizing the realities of the global marketplace and the technology industry, Herndon's schools participate in Fairfax County programs designed to give a competitive edge to students. The Foreign Language Partial Immersion Program is offered in French at the Herndon Elementary and Middle schools. Herndon High's aggressive program to integrate technology in the classroom makes it stand out among other metropolitan schools with its college-level computer science courses, intensive instruction of a variety of computer applications and its use of technology as a tool for global research. High levels of parental involvement in the classroom and partnerships between the business community contribute greatly to the success of Herndon students.