Valley Fourth, Harrisonburg’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, kept the patriotic spirit alive in downtown Harrisonburg with a full day of activities for the whole family, including new additions and old favorites.
The “Get Outdoors” parade continued to draw crowds and creative entries, while maintaining its reputation as one of the most popular features of the day-long festival. The event’s newest feature, the Grillin’ at the Pavilion BBQ cook-off, drew competition from professional and amateur teams strutting their culinary stuff.
Valley Fourth’s “Get Outdoors” parade, which traveled south down Main Street from the Rockingham County Administrative Building to the City Municipal Building, drew entrants from city and county civic organizations, political groups, local businesses, and private citizens.
Entrants were reviewed by a panel of local judges and winners were chosen in six categories:
Best Overall – The Salvation Army
Most Patriotic – Peak View Hippity Hoppers
Most Creative – Shenandoah Valley Filipino-American Community
Best in Show – Antique Vehicle – Dayton American Legion, Post 27 & Auxiliary
Non-Profit Spirit Award – The Northend Greenway
Great Outdoors Award – Appalachian Trail Hikers
Honorable Mention – Harrisonburg International Festival
Grillin’ at the Pavilion was Valley Fourth’s newest addition and an official Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association event. It featured 8 teams who prepared their best chicken wings, steak, and pork ribs to compete for bragging rights, more than $2,000 in cash and prizes, a People’s Choice Award, and the title of “Valley Fourth’s Champion BBQ’er.”
The winning teams were:
Grand Champion: Big Mook’s BBQ
1st Place – Chicken Wings: CMI
1st Place – Ribs Category: Rock’s Money Pit BBQ
1st Place – Steak Category: Union Station Restaurant
People’s Choice Award: True Blue Barbecue
In addition to the “Get Outdoors” parade and Grillin’ at the Pavilion BBQ Cook-off, festival-goers enjoyed the Valley Fourth RUN, Beers ‘N Cheers in the Park, children’s activities, an arts market, numerous food and craft vendors, food tours, and a fireworks finale.
We’re pleased that Valley Fourth had another successful year and brought the community together in downtown Harrisonburg. Many thanks to all who attended and to the cooperation and partnership of the local businesses, organizations, and volunteers that helped HDR make this event possible. We’ll see you next year!
Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.