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Valley Fourth Celebrates 12th Anniversary with a Full Day of Activities

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If you’ve never been to Valley Fourth, Harrisonburg’s annual Independence Day celebration, then next week is your chance! Valley Fourth returns next Thursday,  July 4, for its twelfth year with a full day of activities from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm in downtown Harrisonburg.

The festivities will begin at 8:30 am with the Valley Fourth Run, a charity race that begins at the Turner Pavilion and goes through the heart of downtown. Runners can pick their distance and one of four charities they wish to support, one of which is Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

At 12:00 am, competitors in the first annual Grillin’ at the Pavilion Cook-off will light up their grills at the Turner Pavilion. This official Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association event is the newest addition to Valley Fourth.

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Teams will serve up their best chicken wings, steak, and pork ribs for a chance to win cash prizes and the title of Valley Fourth’s Champion BBQ’er.  The first 150 festivalgoers to purchase a sampling pack (5 tasting tickets for $5) can sample fare from each People’s Choice BBQ Contestant and vote for their favorite during the People’s Choice Competition from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

From 12:00 – 6:00 pm, Court Square will come alive with children’s activities, including a dunk tank featuring local celebrities, puppet shows in Court Square Theater, photo opportunities with local mascots such as the Duke Dog, and face-painting and crafts by Larkin Arts.

Dave Miller takes aim at the Valley Fourth dunking booth. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

Dave Miller takes aim at Kai Degner at the Valley Fourth dunking booth. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

“Beers N’ Cheers in the Park” will take place from 4:00-9:30 pm at the grassy lot next to the Turner Pavilion. The backyard atmosphere features Virginia craft beers, wines by Bluestone Vineyard, and live music by the Hackensaw Boys and Love Canon.


Love Canon performs at the 2013 Rocktown Beer & Music Festival. Photo by Brandy Somers for ilovemyburg.com

A Valley Fourth favorite, the “Get Outdoors” Parade, will begin at 6:00 pm and travel south down Main Street. The Steel Wheels will lead this year’s parade as the grand marshals.

Valley Fourth Parade. Photo by Allen Litten.

The “Get Outdoors” Parade is one of the most popular features of Valley Fourth. Photo by Allen Litten.

Other activities include two Rocktown Bites! Summer in America Food Tours, a marketplace of food and craft vendors throughout the day, and a grand finale fireworks show at 9:30 pm.

For more information about Valley Fourth, please visit DowntownHarrisonburg.org/ValleyFourth, and “like” the Valley Fourth page at Facebook.com/ValleyFourth.


Plan your day with the Valley Fourth 2013 Schedule  of Events!

8:30 am | Turner Pavilion

The Valley Fourth Run, a charity race, begins at Turner Pavilion and heads into the heart of downtown.

12:00-6:00 pm | Court Square

Food and craft vendors around Court Square, and a variety of family fun activities, including:

  • Dunk a local celebrity in the Dunking Booth
  • Face-painting at Larkin Arts
  • and more!

3:00 – 6:00 pm | Explore More Discovery Museum

Children receive free admission to the museum.

4:00-9:30 pm | Turner Pavilion

Grillin’ at the Pavilion barbecue cook-off with categories for best chicken wings, steak, and pork ribs, as well as a People’s Choice award.

4:00-9:30 pm | Grassy lot next to Turner Pavilion

“Beers N’ Cheers in the Park,” a Virginia beer and wine garden, with live music by the Hackensaw Boys and Love Canon.

6:00 pm | Main Street

The Get Outdoors! Parade will travel South down Main Street, from the Rockingham County Administration Building to the City Municipal Building.

  • Grand Marshal: The Steel Wheels

9:30 pm | Turner Pavilion & Park

Grand Fireworks Finale

Valley Fourth Fireworks Finale. Photo by Allen Litten.

Valley Fourth Fireworks Finale. Photo by Allen Litten.

We hope to see you next week!

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.


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