Valley 4th is a celebration of independence, history, and music. This annual event is the place to be in Harrisonburg on July 4th. The Explore More Discovery Museum is open from 4:30 – 7:30 pm to all children, the parade starts at 5:00 pm, and there is a pie eating contest at 6:00 pm. I am personally looking forward to the “dunk a local celebrity dunking booth.” Stay for the day downtown to celebrate and enjoy the fireworks at 10:00 pm from One Court Square.
July 4th, 2011
Reading of the Declaration of Independence by David Hatmaker at the East door of the Court House. Presented by the Sons of the American Revolution, Fort Harrison Chapter, for the 16th consecutive year.
“Hidden Secrets of Harrisonburg” Walking Tour by Dale McAllister
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cruise In sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club
3:15 and 4:00 p.m.
Court Square Theater hosts No Strings Attached, which include two 30-minute live improvisational comedy shows. Free admission.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church presents “Musical Fireworks” including Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever arranged for organ duet. The concert will benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Admission is free. (Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned goods)
4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Free concerts in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Southern Gospel Quartet “Calvary’s Mercy”
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Children receive free admission to the Explore More Discovery Museum. To learn more about the museum, click here.
The Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. The parade travels from the City Municipal Lot to the Rockingham County Administrative Office Building.
- Grand Marshal: Martha Bogle, Superintendent of the Shenandoah National Park
- Parade announcer and concert emcee: WSVA’s Mike Schikman
- Parade music: Performed by City of Winchester Pipes and Drums
Pie Eating Contest
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music at the Concert Stage
- 6:30 p.m. – National Anthem by Dave Napier
- 7:00 p.m. – Downbeat Project
- 8:30 p.m. – DJ Wiliams Projekt
3:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Family Fun Activities, which include:
- Dunk a local celebrity in the Dunking Booth
- Massanutten Adventures Climbing Wall
- Free face painting by Rosie the Clown sponsored by StellarOne (3-5 p.m.)
- Cow Train Rides by Hess’s GreenHouse
- Large Inflatables at the First Presbyterian Church, including a jumping tent, obstacle wall, and a double slide more than 20 ft. tall
- and more!
3:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Food and craft vendors open with an assortment of goodies.
3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Beer Garden presented by VA Eagle Distributing Beer Garden, located in the Bank of America parking lot. 2 ID’s required. Children are permitted if accompanied by adults. Beer tickets are $3 each or or 2 for $5.00
Grand Fireworks Finale from One Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg