July 4th is right around the corner, and if you're looking for fireworks or a grand celebration, Southern Virginia and surrounding area is booming with places and ways to celebrate our great nation's independence! These patriotic celebrations will have you waving Old Glory before you can say Yankee Doodle Dandy! Take a look at this list, and hopefully you can find something fun for the whole family!
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Race and Fireworks
South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia: Get your fireworks fix starting this Thursday, July 3 at the South Boston Speedway! Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology present the Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Late Model 200/Limited 100/Pure Stock 50 with fireworks to follow. Tickets $15 in advance available at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center. Learn more at www.southbostonspeedway.com.
Friday, July 4, 2014 Independence Day Celebration
Patrick Henry National Memorial, Brookneal, Virginia: Would you like to experience Independence Day on the same ground as America’s first patriot? Come spend this Fourth of July at the garden spot of the world, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill! Events begin at 3:00PM with fireworks at dusk and the gate closing at 9:00PM. Admission for the 2014 Independence Day Celebration is $10 per car - up to 5 passengers; $2 for each additional passenger. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to comfortably watch Patrick Henry give his speech at 7:00 and to watch the fantastic fireworks display at 9:15. You might also want to bring a flashlight to aide you after dark. Please do NOT bring any alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills, or pets; for safety reasons, all these are prohibited. There will be no re-entry after 5:00PM! Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, America’s first patriot’s home and burial site is the perfect place to celebrate being an American! Step back in time with us and help us celebrate Independence Day this July 4th! For more info, go to http://www.redhill.org/
Friday, July 4, 2014 Clarksville, Virginia 4th of July Parade
Clarksville, Virginia: Show your patriotism to the great United States of America and salute our Veterans by being a participant or a spectator at the 2014 Independence Day Parade in Clarksville On the Lake! This year’s event, sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, is slated for Historic Downtown Clarksville on July 4, at 11 am. Immediately following the parade, everyone will be treated to free hot dogs and soft drinks, compliments of the Clarksville Ruritans. For more details about the parade and the cook-out, go to Clarksville's events page here.
Friday, July 4, 2014 Fourth of July Celebration
Danville, Virginia: Spend July 4 at Carrington Pavillion in Danville among family and friends! The children's area will have free arts and crafts with magic provided by Captain Jim. Amusement rides will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Janice Price. Food concessions will be available. A grand fireworks display after dark (weather permitting). 6-10 pm, Free Admission. Details here!Friday, July 4, 2014 July 4th Parade
Roxboro, NC: Come out and celebrate Independence Day 11 am until Noon on Main Street at the Roxboro NC 4th of July Parade! Parade to be help on main Street, Roxboro. For details, see Person County's event calendar here.
July 4, 2014 Celebrate America hosted by Thomas Road Baptist Church
Lynchburg, Virginia: Join us for carnival rides, food, games, and music beginning at 3pm in Liberty University's Williams Football Stadium for our annual Celebrate America extravaganza. The musical celebration will begin at 7:30 pm and finish with the largest fireworks display in Central Virginia! There will be no admission or parking fee. You and your family are invited to be a part of this exciting celebration.
July 4-5, 2014 Kings Dominion Military Days
Doswell, Virginia: King s Dominion pays tribute to our brave men and women in the United States Armed Services by offering free admission July 4-5 to those active, inactive, or retired military persons with a valid military ID. See more about this program here. To all military, past and present, thank you for your service.
As for these two little patriots, my husband and I are taking them for the very first time to the Red Hill Independence Day Celebration. We are heading to Red Hill with a couple of other families, and are each taking picnic set ups and a couple of dishes to share. We will eat, the children will play, we'll listen to Patrick Henry give his famous speech, and we will watch the fireworks overhead while I get all misty-eyed as usual. Whatever you decide, remember to be safe, wear sunscreen, and have lots of all-American fun! Oh, and one more thing! If you know of an event not listed here in Southern Virginia and surrounding area, please share it with the rest of us. Feel free to leave a comment, and as always, you are welcome to share.
God Bless America!