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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.