Fourth of July Events
The following events are planned for today celebrating Independence Day:
Rockin’ Independence Eve will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. today on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester.
Featured will be activities such as corn hole, a Snow White Grill burger-eating contest, patriotic stilt walkers will be making their way up and down the mall taking photos, a Fringe Vintage FX photo booth located in front of the Feltner building, face painting, precision football-throwing challenge, Pop-A-Shot basketball on the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum lawn, caricaturist, face painter, novelties, a one-man band, the Liberty Man himself, a clown, chess exhibitions, history tours, historic military display and beer and wine garden with beverage sales benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Live music will start at 5:30 featuring local favorite Souled Out at the Taylor Pavilion between the Loudoun Street Mall and the Braddock Street Autopark.
Opening for Souled Out is Shag, a band with a British Rock vibe. Space is limited and concert attendees are encouraged to bring seating.
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. For best visibility, watch the show on North Kent Street between Piccadilly and Boscawen streets. The rooftops of the City parking garages will be closed during the event.
New Market will celebrate the holiday weekend with music, games, food and family activities starting at 5 p.m. today at the town park.
The following area activities are planned Tuesday celebrating Independence Day:
• The Fort Valley Ruritan Club will hold a parade at noon in downtown Fort Valley. Spectators can gather in front of the Fort Valley Fire Department or Country Store. Information, parade entries: Tom Drinkwater at 933-6856.
• The Town of Strasburg will celebrate with special activities at the town park. A food court will open at 5 p.m.. Music by The Hatcher Boys will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Children’s amusements start at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cruise in of classic trucks and cars sponsored by Valley Cruisers of Winchester, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. and a pool party from 10 to 11:15 p.m. ($1 admission, pool passes will not be accepted.) Rain date: Wednesday.
• Woodstock will celebrate with a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Rain date: Wednesday.
• Middletown will hold activities featuring more than 50 crafters, food vendors, softball/cornhole tournament, games, music by Ketal Krew at 2 p.m. and Souled Out at 6:15 p.m., parade starting at 5 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Preston Smith of the Washington Redskins will serve as grand marshal. Information: 540-869-2226.
• Sherando Park in Stephens City will celebrate with food and amusements starting at 5 p.m., a DJ playing music begins at 6 p.m. The pool will be open until 8 p.m. and fireworks will start at dusk. No pets. Rain date: Wednesday.
• The Town of Luray will hold activities from 5 to 9 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Featured will be a children’s parade starting at 10 a.m. at Inn Lawn Park, music by Kikin-Bak at the SVEC/Greenway parking lot adjacent to the Mechanic Street bridge. There also will be a rock climbing wall, balloon tying, games with prizes, barrel train rides, face painting, a duck race at 8:30 p.m., a meltdown obstacle inflatable moon bounce and food vendors. Information: 540-843-0770.
• Thundergun, sponsored by Performing Arts Luray, will perform from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the plaza in downtown Luray. Tickets range from $8 to $15. Information, tickets: 540-743-1133 or www.performingartsluray.org.
• Downtown Harrisonburg will celebrate from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (rain or shine) featuring the Valley 4th Run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, artists, crafters, food, craft beer garden, live music and fireworks. Information: 540-432-8935.
• Massanutten Resort will hold its annual summer jam festival Tuesday with kids’ activities, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, live music and fireworks. Admission is $20 for adults and free for children under 7 with proceeds benefiting the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. Information: 540-289-9441.