Fireworks

Metro Creative

Fans of fireworks are in luck. Fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day are taking place on two days next week.

Clarke and Winchester are holding their celebrations on Wednesday, July 3 while Middletown and Frederick County will celebrate on Thursday, July 4.

Fireworks start shortly after dusk. Sunset at this time of year is around 8:45 p.m., so if you’re parked, seated and ready for the show by 8:30 p.m. you should be fine. (The fireworks in Winchester are scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m.)

Winchester

The city of Winchester will hold its annual Rockin’ Independence Eve bash from 5 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, in the historic downtown.

This free, family-oriented event will feature musical entertainment with local favorite Robbie Limon opening for Country Current, the U.S. Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble, at the Taylor Pavilion between the Loudoun Street Mall and the Braddock Autopark (behind Macado’s restaurant).

After the fireworks display, there will be a DJ Dance Party at the Taylor Pavilion.

There will also be a beer and wine garden to benefit the SPCA, a barbershop quartet, and a hamburger-eating contest at the Snow White Grill.

Kids’ activities will be held along the Loudoun Street Mall, primarily near the splash pad.

The schedule for Rockin’ Independence Eve is as follows:

5:15 p.m. Sons of American Revolution (National Anthem/Presenting of the Colors)

5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Robbie Limon on acoustic guitar

7:30 — 9:15 pm. U.S. Navy Band Country Current

8:15 p.m. Snow White Grill Hamburger-Eating Contest

9:15 p.m. Fireworks show (Best seen from Kent Street between Piccadilly and Boscawen streets)

9:30 p.m. Dance party with Light Show and Yamni Arts Hoopers

10:30 p.m. Last call

Rockin’ Independence Eve is hosted by the City of Winchester, Old Town Winchester and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Clarke County

This year, the fireworks will go off in Clarke County on Wednesday, July 3 instead of the Fourth because of scheduling conflicts with the company that provides the fireworks.

The event will be held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville. Admission is free.

The Clarke County Community Band will perform at approximately 8 p.m. in the fairgrounds’ grandstand.

Ample parking is available at the fairgrounds, Clarke County High School, Chet Hobert Park, and D.G. Cooley Elementary School upper and lower campuses on Westwood Road. It is illegal and dangerous to park along Va. 7.

Middletown

Day-long festivities taking place at Middletown Community Park include a softball tournament, eight food vendors, more than 40 crafters, three bands including Allen Boyd, Robbie Limon and The Reflex, a NASCAR simulator, dunk tank, magician, bounce houses, corn hole tournament and games. The Virginia Giant monster truck driven by Diehl Wilson will provide $10 dollar rides at the town park.

Middletown also holds the area’s only Fourth of July parade. The parade steps off at 5 p.m. with grand marshals Washington Redskins’ linebackers Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton who will be joined by Redskins alumni Santana Moss, who returns for his second year. The parade begins at Lord Fairfax Community College and features more than 100 units.

Fireworks go off at dusk.

Frederick County

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration at Sherando Park, off Fairfax Pike (Va. 277) near Stephens City. Enter at the main park gate or Sherando High School.

The park will be open all day. The pool will stay open until 8 p.m.

Fireworks at dusk. Rain date is Friday, July 5.

Do not bring pets or alcohol.

— Contact Robyn Taylor at rtaylor@winchesterstar.com

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