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Fourth of July events lined up

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By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Despite budget cuts and an unstable economy, the fuse is still burning on many of the region's Independence Day celebrations.

Winchester will observe the national holiday in Jim Barnett Park on Friday.

Even though the city saw its revenue drop sharply and leaders had to cut the fiscal 2010 budget, the Parks and Recreation Department plans to hold its annual celebration.

"What really put us in a position where we could have the fireworks was our sponsors," said department director Brad Veach. "I think, considering the financial times and the economy, we are going to have a spectacular show."

Veach said this year's show would be the city's largest since he began working for the department nine years ago.

"The whole idea of 'staycations' and people staying close to home, we feel like we've got [something] for the community to take part in," Veach said, noting that having its event on Friday allows people to go to other celebrations on Saturday.

The city's events start with a pool party that goes from noon to 9 p.m. A disc jockey will play music from 3 to 6 p.m. A fee is required to enter the pool party and for inflatables for children. The Beach Bumz will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m. at Bodie Grimm Field, after the Winchester Royals baseball game.

While a number of events are scheduled over the holiday weekend, the town of Woodstock does not plan to host a fireworks show. A message on the town's Web site about upcoming events states, "Due to the current economic conditions fireworks have been suspended for 2009."

Other area observances:

* The American Legion Community Band will perform patriotic music with the Front Royal Oratorio Society at the annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center. Fireworks begin at dark.

The rain date is Sunday. Entry to the concert and fireworks, now in its 23rd year, is free.

Call 636-6828 or visit www.alcband.org for more information.

* Bryce Resort is celebrating the 10th anniversary of BryceFest on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, festivities begin with a barbecue in the evening. EZGO will perform outdoors from 7 to 9 p.m. and, after a fireworks show that begins at dusk, DJ Doug will entertain indoors, according to a press release from the resort.

A show of more than 70 arts and crafts dealers opens Saturday events at 10 a.m. Festivities include children's games and entertainment such as Magician Wes Iseli, classic country music by Pam Uhl, bluegrass from the Page County Ramblers from Luray and a performance by the Robbie Limon Band.

Contact Bryce Resort at 800-821-1444 or visit www.bryceresort.com for more information.

* Frederick County's annual Independence Day celebration takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Sherando Park soccer fields east of Stephens City. The rain date is Sunday, according to information from the Parks and Recreation Department.

This year's celebration features a new attraction, Family Time, from 4 to 7 p.m. Singer and songwriter Susan McNelis will perform children's music at 4 p.m. The Merge will play classic rock at 6 p.m., and Crowded Streets will perform the music of the Dave Matthews Band at 8 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at dusk. Concerts will be held rain or shine. Vendors also will be selling food at the event.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Officials request that spectators do not bring their own fireworks, canopies or umbrellas and that no pets be brought into the concert area.

* Middletown plans to hold activities on Saturday. Town Clerk Donna Gum said fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. The time of the display was set to follow a play being performed at Wayside Theatre, Gum said.

A parade is set to begin at 4 p.m. A softball game and a battle of the bands are scheduled to be held in the park at Second Street and Senseny Avenue after the parade prior to the fireworks show. The park also will feature food as well as arts and crafts vendors.

The rain date is July 11.

* Strasburg will start its celebration Saturday at 8 a.m. with a morning run/walk in the town park. There is a $5 fee to participate. The food court will operate from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Children's activities are free, though there is a small fee for pony rides. DJ Adam Funkhouser will provide music.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., followed by a free pool party from 10 to 11:15 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.

* New Market's Independence Day celebration starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday with the American Legion food trailer opening for breakfast in the town park. The Firecracker Race begins at 8 a.m. in the town park.

Other events and activities include a dunk tank, music by the Rinard Family from 2 to 4 p.m., a parade on Congress Street at 4 p.m., and music from Thrash & Holler and Suspect in the town park.

New Market's fireworks display is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. after Emma Hyland Rowley performs the National Anthem.

* Fireworks will be displayed Saturday evening in Clarke County at the Ruritan Fairgrounds.

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