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Thursday, June 27, 2013
TODAY >> JULY 6
Buchanan Fourth of July Carnival
Enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with games, rides by Coles Amusements, food and live music. Fireworks will be held July 4 and July 6. 6:30 to 11 p.m. nightly. Free entry. Buchanan Carnival Grounds, Lowe Street, Buchanan. 254-1212.
JULY 3 >> JULY 14
Featuring food, rides, games and live entertainment. Fireworks will be on display July 4. Gates open at 4 p.m. on weekdays, noon on Saturday and Sunday. Free entry. Salem Civic Center. www.salemfair.com.
JULY 4 >> JULY 7
July 4: Music by Black Twig Pickers; food and beverages will be available for purchase. July 5: A BBQ dinner on the front lawn and live music from Big Daddy Love. July 6: Square dancing in Mary’s Barn followed by fireworks. July 7: A local artisan bazaar with music by the Jon Stickley Trio. July 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; July 5, 4 to 8 p.m.; July 6, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; July 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fees vary. Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke. 626-7121.
JULY 3 >> JULY 5
Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration
With hot air balloon rides, activities for children, food for purchase, antique cars on display and crafts. At 10 a.m. on July 4 kids can come to the library to decorate their bikes, scooters and strollers and then ride through town in a bike parade. Free hotdogs, watermelon and lemonade will be served at the end. Fireworks will be on display July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Event times vary. Free. VMI Parade Ground and Rockbridge Regional Library, Lexington. www.lexrockchamber.com.
Vinton Fourth of July Celebration
With music by Cimmaron, a Civil War skirmish by the 60th Virginia Company and inflatables for children. A flag ceremony with the National Anthem and other patriotic music will begin at 7:15 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. At 9:30 p.m. fireworks will begin. 6 to 10 p.m. Free entry. Vinton War Memorial. 983-0613.
Buchanan Fourth of July Parade
Hundreds will line Main Street to view fire and rescue vehicles on display, floats created by local civic organizations, marching bands, antique autos, clowns, and more. 6 p.m. Free. Downtown Buchanan. 254-1212.
Celebrate Independence Day
The memorial will be open for tours all day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular fees. National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 586-3329.
3rd Annual Moneta FireWORX Fest
Celebrate Independence Day with music by The WORX, vendors, food, games, followed by a fireworks display. All proceeds benefit Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. 6 to 10:30 p.m. $5; children under 10, free. Downtown Moneta www.monetafire.com.
Stars and Stripes Celebration
A day-long celebration that begins with a parade at 11 a.m. Gather at the Town Hall steps afterward to honor area veterans; there will be a reading of selections from the Declaration of Independence. During the afternoon the Masonic Amphiteatre will host a concert by the Highland Pipes and Drums with a picnic lunch and local artisans. At 6 p.m. there will be food and festivities at the C&O Heritage Center, with a fireworks display at night. 11 a.m. Free entry. Various locations, Clifton Forge. 862-2000.
Four on the Fourth
A four-mile race to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia. Strollers are welcome, but no dogs. After the race, refreshments will be available in the park at Wiley Drive and Franklin Road, which is also the site of the awards ceremony. A kids’ play area will be at the finish line. 7:20 a.m. $30 advance, $40 race day. Begins on Reserve Avenue and ends on Wiley Drive, Roanoke. http://fouronthe4th.com/.
Music for Americans
The annual celebration with live music by The Domino Band, food for purchase, face painting and fireworks. Picnics are welcome. There is no parking area at River’s Edge Sports Complex. Access to the event is by foot or shuttle bus from the Williamson Road downtown parking garage and the Virginia Western Community College parking lot at Colonial Avenue at McNeil Drive. 5 p.m. Free. River’s Edge Sports Complex, Roanoke. 345-4030. musicforamericans.com
Pulaski July 4 Celebration
The parade at 11 a.m. will be followed by a county remembrance of veterans at the old courthouse. 11 a.m. Free. Town of Pulaski. 994-8696.
Spirit of America Celebration
A family-friendly celebration with inflatables, rides, a climbing wall and fireworks. Entertainment by Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown, JD Higgins, The Glorylanders and After Jack. 2 p.m. Free. Bisset Park, Radford. www.radfordpl.org/parks/july4th.
Blacksburg July 4 Celebration
A parade will be followed by a free showing of “An American Tail” at The Lyric Theatre. A concert by The Blacksburg Community Band, Blacksburg Community Strings and Celebration Chorus will begin at 6 p.m. The Meter’s Running featuring the Big Dog Brass will perform at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks. 2 p.m. Free. Downtown Blacksburg. 961-1135.
Floyd County’s 4th of July Celebration
Activities include music, games, facepainting, pony rides, the annual fireman competition, a rescue squad competition/challenge and fireworks. There will also be door prizes and food for purchase. 4 p.m. Floyd County High School. 789-7210.
28th Independence Day Celebration at Poplar Forest
Children can try on period clothes, play period games and watch a reenactment of the Virginia Militia. Other activities include 19th century Italian street performers, a performance by Otto the Sword Swallower, live music from the Jefferson era and period artisans and craftsmen demonstrating trades. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8; children under 15, free. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. 434-525-1806.
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