FIREWORKS

Gary Slavinsky, of Winchester, gets fireworks ready to sell in a stand located outside Walmart in Woodstock on Monday.

The Shenandoah Valley is gearing up to celebrate the nation’s independence with several events on July 3 and 4.

The Town of Strasburg will celebrate the Fourth of July from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday at the town park. Activities will include a cruise-in of classic cars and trucks starting at 5 p.m., live music by The Virginians from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and children’s activities such as dunk tank, radar pitch, obstacle course, inflatable play yard, inflatable basketball, water slide and pony rides throughout the day. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

“The Fourth of July Celebration in Strasburg signifies community and love of nation and neighbor,” said Olivia Hilton, Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Town of Strasburg. “Whether it’s the cruise in of classic trucks and cars, the pony rides, or dunking a first responder in the dunk tank, we want the community to come together and celebrate. It’s great family fun.”

Middletown will celebrate Independence Day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the town park. Activities will include a softball tournament starting at 8 a.m., a cornhole tournament starting at 10 a.m., and a craft fair with food vendors from noon to 8 p.m.

There will also be live music by Allen Boyd from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Robbie Limon from 1 to 3 p.m., and The Reflex from 6:15 p.m. to dusk.

The town will host a parade at 5 p.m. featuring former Washington Redskins players, tractors, antiques and motorcycles. The event will end with fireworks, which will begin at dusk.

“It’s just a wonderful event,” said Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV. “It’s small town America at its best.”

Woodstock, Front Royal, New Market, and Fort Valley will also host Fourth of July events.

For residents who want to set up their own events, there are various firework stands located throughout the tri-county area. Gary Slavinsky, of Winchester, who has been operating a fireworks stand in Woodstock for two years, said that business has been good this year.

“It seems to be the same as last year,” he said. “It’s picking up a bit.”

Slavinsky said that his stand sees a lot of its business in the days leading up to July 4.

“We sell 80% of our stock on the third and fourth,” he said. “Those are hectic days.”

Slavinsky said that he sells only fireworks that are legal in the state of Virginia, including fountains and sparklers. The prices for the fireworks Slavinsky sells range from $30 to $130. He said that the fountains and the firework assortments — which include various types of fireworks — are the most popular items he sells.

“Usually, they get a couple of assortments and then they buy one of the larger fountains,” Slavinsky said. “They’re really good for finales.”

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com