Valley 4th on the 3rd

This year Valley 4th will take place on Saturday, July 3.  We’re having just as big of a celebration, one day early!

The Valley 4th committee has been working as hard as possible to secure sponsorships despite the tight budget year. We are pleased to announce that all the crowd-favorites are back like the pie-eating contest, walking tour, the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum open house and of course concerts, parade and fireworks. (View the schedule below.)

Fireworks are always one of the largest budget items, but also one of the most popular. For several years, Dominion Fireworks has taken on the big task of creating a downtown light show. They must use specialty close-proximity rockets due to how close the fireworks are to people and vehicles. It’s a challenge, but well worth the effort to keep Harrisonburg’s Independence Day celebration downtown. Downtown defines the identity of Harrisonburg. It’s a place where people can gather to enjoy entertainment, visit with friends and neighbors, and celebrate the values of our community and country.

HDR recognizes that this event could not happen without the continued support of the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Harrisonburg Electric Commission as well as many other corporate and private donors. Even through difficult times, this perennial event elicits widespread and strong community support.

Saturday July 3rd

All Day(ish) Food! Shopping! Beer! Window contest!

  • Downtown businesses display patriotic window decoration contest winners recognized
  • 2-10pm – John D. Eiland Beer Garden, located at the Bank of America parking lot. 2 ID’s required. Children only if accompanied by parents. Proceeds benefit Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Tickets $3 per or 2/$5
  • 3pm-9pm – Food and craft vendors open with an assortment of goodies.

1pm “The People of Harrisonburg” walking tour

  • Dale MacAllister leads a walking tour looking at the lives of some important people associated with Harrisonburg over the years and visits several sites where those people lived. Meets at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market and concludes near Klines Dairy Bar.

2-3pm Adona Music hosts afternoon concerts

Julie Caran, Kevin Caran and Sarah Cheverton make up the local contemporary acoustic folk band, blue stone sky. All three band members work at JMU (James Madison University) and enjoy opportunities to entertain locally. Their repertoire of original and cover songs is rich with intricate 3-part harmonies carefully orchestrated with a blend of acoustic guitars, electric bass, drums, shakers and small wind instruments. From whimsical to deeply serious, and classic folk to modern hits, their growing setlist is, as one listener said, “at once laid back and thoughtful.” blue stone sky has been performing since the fall of 2006.

3:30-4:30pm Latino jams by Groupo Dimension

  • Local Harrisonburg Latino band Groupo Dimension returns this year for another fun performance. Audiences love dancing to this band’s music!

2-8pm Entertainment for all ages

  • 2:15pm, 3:00pm & 3:45pm Court Square Theater hosts No Strings Attached, live improvisational comedy and skit/sketch comedy. Free admission. Doors open 2pm for the 30 minute shows
  • 2-4pm Face painting and entertainment by Rosie The Clown
  • 2-4pm T & T Inflatables on the East Court House Lawn, tickets for purchase
  • 4-7pm Harrisonburg Children’s Museum activities free and open to the public
  • 4-7pm Massanutten River Adventures climbing wall located at north Court Square
  • 6-8pm The Gus Bus parks outside the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum

4-4:30pm Pre-parade concert

  • Asbury Church (205 S Main St) holds a “Musical Fireworks Concert” with hand bells, piano, trombone, and organ. Free, all welcome.


  • Parade begins at 5pm and travels from the City Municipal building, north on Main Street to the Rockingham County Administrative office building
  • Watch for special guest Uncle Sams as the parade starts
  • Grand Marshall: Matt Lohr, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Parade announcer and concert emcee: Mike Schikman with WSVA
  • Parade music performed by City of Winchester Pipes and Drums

Following Parade

  • Pie Eating Contest
  • The Star Spangled Banner performed by local vocalist Resi Linton

6:30pm-9:30pm Concerts

If you are a fan of Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, and Michael McDonald, you won’t want to miss our Headline Concert. The Richmond based band, Three Sheets to the Wind -America’s # 1 Tribute to Yacht Rock is playing at 8pm. There will be smooth jams (soft rock from the 1970s and 1980s) and even smoother guys. The band, led by Captain Max Power, is a motley crew: Walter Ego, Mickey Maitai, Danny Marnier, Christian Meat, Chase Regatta, and, Topper Dandy. The band has such a blast performing and entertaining the crowd that the audience willingly jumps overboard with the group. No life preserver is needed for these frothy dance parties!


  • Grand Fireworks Finale from the roof of One Court Square

Sunday, July 4th

12:30pm Reading of the Declaration of Independence

East Court House Portico, 12:30pm


2 thoughts on “Valley 4th on the 3rd

  1. I just want to make sure that I’m reading the schedule correctly. The celebration is on the 3rd, but the fireworks are on the 4th at dark??


  2. Thanks for asking, Suzanne. The fireworks are also on the 3rd. The only event on the 4th is the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon.

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