Valley 4th celebrates 10th

Valley 4th, Harrisonburg’s annual Independence Day celebration, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in downtown Harrisonburg. The Valley 4th festivities will take place on Monday, July 4th, from 3 to 10 pm on Court Square. Festival-goers will experience all of the patriotic sights and sounds that they look forward to each year, including appearances by our famous Uncle Sams in the parade, numerous food and craft vendors, the opportunity to dunk a local celebrity in the dunking booth, concerts on the main stage, and other family fun activities.

The festivities will begin with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon on the East steps of the Court House and conclude with a grand finale fireworks show over Court Square. One of the most anticipated events at the festival is the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center parade, which will begin at 5:00 pm and travel from the City Municipal Building to the County Administration Building.

After the parade, attendees will enjoy live performances by Dave Napier, Downbeat Project, and The DJ Williams Projekt. The Downbeat Project, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based band, has been compared to Dave Matthews Band and features a sound that combines reggae, soul, and Americana. The DJ Williams Projekt, from Richmond, Virginia, blends rock, jazz, funk, and soul to create a compelling sound that is sure to satisfy.

The complete schedule can be found on the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance website at www.downtownharrisonburg.org.

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