Sunday, July 03, 2011

4th of July in Staunton 2011

American flags against the Shenandoah Valley sky.

Fireworks in Gypsy Hill Park will take place at 10:00 Monday night, July 4, 2011.

If you're looking for a good old-fashioned 4th of July celebration, look no further than the SWAC area for displays of American flags, bunting, fireworks, and picnics celebration America's Independence Day.

Staunton's America's Birthday Celebration committee has the lineup of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday including fireworks Monday night. Monday morning at 10:00 is the annual 4th of July parade in the park. Come on out and join us in the Valley for the 4th!  Activities are located in Gypsy Hill Park and centered around the Gazebo (Bandstand Stage). Vendors, food, arts and crafts, and carnival will be available.

11 a.m. — Community Worship Service conducted by the Rev. Luke Smith
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Terry Barrett, Faithful Praise, Greater Love
3 p.m. — Break
5 p.m. — Ivan Parker with special guests Jeff & Sheri Easter and Charlotte Ritchie

7:30 a.m. — Firecracker 5K Race
10 a.m. to noon — Parade
Noon — Children's Hour
1 p.m. — Texaco Country Showdown
2:30 p.m. — The Last Minute Band
5 p.m. — Wild Horse Band
7 p.m. — The Rhondells
10 p.m. — Fireworks

More events for Independence Day:

Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia:
Free admission on July 4th for this hands-on outdoor museum located in Staunton. Stop by to see interpreters on the various farms-- England, Ireland, Germany, Western Africa, and American -- and talk with them about a way of life at a different time in history.

Green Valley Book Fair:
Open Saturday, July 2, through Sunday, July 17, from 9 am until 7 pm daily, the Book Fair offers thousands of books in all categories at 60-90% off retail. I-81 to Exit 240 in Mt. Crawford (north of Staunton).

Massanutten's Summer Jam:
Sunday, July 3, at Massanutten Resort east of Harrisonburg. Lots of summer fun, entertainment, food, and more. $25 per person.

For the past 49 years, Independence Day has had a special meaning at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate as they celebrate with their Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. This year 77 people from 44 countries around the world will stand on the West Lawn and become U.S. citizens at 9:00 a.m. Go to the website for more information for this free event.

First Annual Oak Leaf Bluegrass & Mountain Music Festival:
The grounds of Luray Caverns will host this first ever event along the Shenandoah Music Trail with a full weekend lineup of entertainment on July 2 through July 4. Check out the website for information on prices, camping, and musical groups who will be performing.

Wintergreen 4th of July:
Head for the higher altitudes for a Fourth of July Jubilee with wine tastings, fireworks, arts and crafts, scenic chairlift rides, and much more family fun.

Humpback Mountain Farmstead:
On Sunday, July 3, on the Blue Ridge Parkway six miles south of Afton Mountain, join Dixie Pride from 2-4 p.m. for entertainment on the farmstead.

Staunton's Old Fashioned 4th of July:
With a full weekend lineup of music and entertainment, Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park is the place to be for American Independence Day celebrations. See the complete lineup here ... and don't forget the annual parade Monday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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