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Ask Kim: How successful was Valley Fourth this year?

Nothing says Americana like a hometown Fourth of July celebration where thousands of family, friends, and visitors come together to share good food and fun. In its twelfth year, Valley Fourth has become a signature event for HDR. It has progressed from an afternoon festival in Court Square to a full-day celebration throughout downtown that draws more than 10,000 people.

Valley Fourth Run

Valley Fourth Run. Photo by Allen Litten.

2013 was the largest and most successful Valley Fourth festival yet and the photos tell the story best. Here’s a glimpse at the numbers:

HDR and the Valley Fourth planning committee look forward to continuing to grow the festival into a celebration that pays homage to our community and a formative time in American history.

Valley Fourth of July

Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Photo by Allen Litten.

We’re not ready to give away our plans for next year, but here’s a sneak peek: food eating contests, potato sack races, corn-on-the-cob, and a bevy of red, white and blue!

Special thanks to our sponsors, the Valley Fourth planning committee, and all of the hard-working volunteers who made Valley Fourth a huge success. This event would not be possible without you!

Valley Fourth of July

Bluestone Vineyard’s Parade Entry. Photo by Allen Litten.

Valley Fourth was proudly presented by:

City of Harrisonburg
Rockingham County
Alexiou Hearing & Sinus Center & the Drs. Michael & Jerri Alexiou
The Rockingham Group
Harrisonburg Electric Commission
James McHone Jewelry
ReddyIce
Bluestone Vineyard
VA Eagle Distributing
Brown Edwards
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Clark & Bradshaw
Bluestone Vineyard
Explore More Discovery Museum
Comfort Inn Harrisonburg
Larkin Arts
Harrisonburg Tourism
Arts Council of the Valley
Court Square Theater
Dodging Bullets Media
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
Mr. George Pace
Capital Ale House
LD&B Insurance & Financial Services
Lenhart Obenshain
StellarOne
The Sole Source

Kim Kirk HDR events manager

Guest column by Kim Kirk, Special Events Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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