Fourth of July fireworks and festivities

Area towns are celebrating the Fourth of July with parades, music, contests and fireworks. Here’s a list of what’s happening:

Front Royal

The American Legion Community Band and the Front Royal Oratorio Singers will perform a variety of popular and patriotic tunes this evening at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal.

4-H business manager Mary Dykes said hosting the Independence Day Celebration on July 3 allows for families to enjoy a night of fireworks before their plans for Independence Day.

Admission to the concert and fireworks display is free, but getting into the 4-H pool for a swim will cost attendees $3. The pool will open after the fireworks end and will remain open until midnight.

Concessions will be provided by the 4-H Center to help defray the cost of the fireworks, and donations will be accepted throughout the evening’s events.

The dual concert will begin at the 4-H amphitheater at 7 p.m. and will provide a  list of sing-alongs, including “Armed Forces Salute” and “Shenandoah.”

David Freese, treasurer of Front Royal Oratorio Singers, said the group opened up their two event rehearsals to anyone who wanted to come and sing.

The celebration has a rain date of Sunday.


Middletown’s events for the 4th of July Family Fun Day will begin Saturday with a softball tournament at 8:30 a.m.

Mayor Charles Harbaugh said he expect the parade will draw around 2,000 to 3,000 people.

This year’s grand marshal will be U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Mclean, who assumed office in January. The parade will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and lead straight into the 6:15 p.m. park events. Parade entrants will be able to join the lineup at the back until around 4:45 p.m. that day.

The festivities will include the announcement of citizen of the year, live music by Winchester-based group Souled Out, children’s games and a new NASCAR simulator. The park will host a craft fair beginning at 2 p.m. and fireworks will begin at dusk.

Stephens City

Families can end Independence Day at Sherando Park on Saturday with an evening of live music, swimming and picnicking before fireworks begin at dusk.

The park’s pool will be open until 8 p.m. for the $4 standard admission, while vendors will open for business at 5 p.m. to provide food and entertainment.

A DJ will be playing crowd favorites starting at 6 p.m., and Winchester radio station New Country B105 will be set up at the park from 5 to 7 p.m.

Access to the park will be limited to the Sherando High School entryway after 5:30 p.m., when the main gates to the park will close.

Fireworks will be provided by Tri-State Nissan.


July 4 in Strasburg will herald a return of the tried and true in music, fireworks and classic cars.

There’s no entry fee to enjoy the celebration — the only thing attendees will have to pay for will be food and pony rides for the kids. Country music artist Danni Leigh will perform live at the event.

Fred Cheshire will roll some retro rides into the Fourth’s celebrations at the Cruise-In, which he’s organized at the Strasburg celebration for around 15 years. He said he’s expecting around 100 collector cars that date from the late ’20s to this year, with owners coming in from Pennsylvania to Charlottesville.

The night will end at 9:30 p.m. with the town’s fireworks show, which will be put on by Extreme Pyrotechnics. Attendees can then purchase a dollar ticket to the 10-11:15 p.m. pool party.


Old Town Winchester will host the third annual Rockin’ Independence Eve celebration beginning at 5 p.m. today and end with fireworks by Napa Auto Parts at 9:15 p.m. Live music will feature a little bit of country and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Travelin’ Hillbillies will perform at the Shenandoah University Feltner Parking Lot at 5:30 p.m., followed by the U.S. Navy band Country Current at 7:15 p.m. After the fireworks, The Merge will perform until 10:30 p.m.

Attendees can enter into a costume contest, hamburger-eating contest by Snow White Grill and cornhole tournament by Alpha Kappa Psi.

General admission is free, and proceeds from the beer and wine garden will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Shenandoah Valley Runners will host their 18th annual Liberty 5k and Kid’s Mile on Saturday morning.

Race Director Rosie Schiavone said she’s expecting around 350 runners to gather at the Kiwanis II shelter at the Jim Barnett Park in Winchester to get a running start for the 8 a.m. race. Plenty of runners have already pre-registered, and $25 day-of registration will open at 6:45 a.m.

Plenty of goodies await race winners in different age brackets, and kids can participate in their own races for a $15 entry fee. The Kid’s Mile for ages 6-12 and 100-yard dash for ages 2-5 will kick off at 9 a.m.

The park and club will split the proceeds from the race, and runners can keep their numbers to get a dollar off pool admission at the park.


The Woodstock Enhancement Committee will host a fireworks show Saturday at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.

Fairground gates will open at 8:30, and attendees can bring in chairs to set up within certain safety limits. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., and the event will have a rain date of Sunday.