Fourth of July: Region celebrates with fireworks, parades, music, more
STRASBURG – The town’s long-standing Fourth of July community celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Wednesday with food, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Amy Keller, the town’s office and human resources manager, said the traditional family friendly event draws in residents from all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley for the best display of fireworks in the valley.
“It really is such a fun event for the whole family,” Keller said.
Children’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with pony rides. New this year is a water slide. Shockwave will perform at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be followed by a community pool party.
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A rain date is scheduled for Thursday.
Fort Valley’s holiday parade sponsored by the Fort Valley Ruritan Club starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It will pass the firehouse and Country Store.
New Market’s celebration starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Fireworks are at 9:20 p.m. in the town park. Activities include live music, train rides, a dunk tank and food vendors. Bring chairs/blankets. No pets allowed.
Fireworks will be held at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8:30 p.m.
The American Legion Community Band will perform a patriotic concert at 7 p.m. Saturday outside of the Raymond Santmyers Youth Center, 200 E. 8th St. in Front Royal. There will be no fireworks display or other events this year at the 4-H Center. The organization has canceled the event.
This free event will feature live music by Souled Out and Tom Fiammetta at the Taylor Pavilion, family activities, a wine and beer garden, a Snow White Grill burger-eating contest and street performers on the Loudoun Street Mall.
The highlight of the celebration will be a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display best viewed from North Kent Street between Boscawen and Piccadilly streets.
Parking for Rockin’ Independence Eve will be available at all four downtown autoparks for $5. Viewing the fireworks from the garage rooftops is prohibited, and the roof levels will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the display. For more information, visit oldtownwinchesterva.com.
On Wednesday, in recognition of Independence Day, all Winchester administrative offices, the Old Town Welcome Center, the War Memorial Building and the Winchester-Frederick County Joint Judicial Center will be closed.
The outdoor pool in Jim Barnett Park will be open from noon to 6:45 p.m. and the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center on South Pleasant Valley Road will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The WinTran public transportation system will not operate on July 4, and yard waste collection for the day is canceled.
For more information about July 4th schedule changes in the city, visit winchesterva.gov.
Middletown’s Fourth of July celebration starts at 8 a.m. Entertainment includes K&W at 11 a.m., Robbie Limon at 2 p.m. and The Reflex at 6 p.m. There will be a parade at 5 p.m. featuring Barry and Katie from 92.5 Radio. U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va. 10, will ride in the parade and will be honored at 6:15 p.m. at the town park.
Other activities include a softball tournament, games for kids, a craft fair, food and craft vendors from noon until dusk, a cornhole tournament, and fireworks at dusk.
Party all day at Sherando Park on the Fourth of July. Entertainment includes Taylor Marie Wagner at 6 p.m. and Bryan Frazier at 7:30 p.m.
Food will be sold starting at 5 p.m. The pool will stay open until 8 p.m., and fireworks are at dusk. Rain date is Thursday for fireworks only. No pets allowed.
– Staff reports