4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations

It’s hotter than a firecracker, but that won’t stop the fireworks and 4th of July celebrations in our area.  Most scheduled activities will proceed despite the ongoing clean-up efforts and the continuing heat wave. With temperatures expected to be in the mid to upper 90’s officials are advising event attendees to enjoy the celebrations, but make sure everyone stays hydrated.

Here are some local activities and public firework displays to enjoy:

July 3, 2012

City of Winchester Community Fireworks
Area residents and visitors can get a double dose of fireworks this year as Winchester Va celebrates Independence Day on July 3rd. City of Winchester officials have said the Community Fireworks on Tuesday, July 3rd in Jim Barnett Park will go off on schedule. Free live entertainment by Flint Hollow will be offered following the Winchester Royals Game (game begins at 5:00 pm) on Bridgeforth Field until the fireworks begin at approx. 9:20 pm. Visit Jim Barnett Park and enjoy some great baseball, live entertainment and some of the best fireworks in the area.  Call (540) 662-4946 if you have any questions.

July 4, 2012

Clarke County 4th of July Celebration
July 4 from 6-10 p.m.
Clarke County will hold its annual 4th of July Celebration at the Ruritan Fairgrounds. Parks & Rec will have games for children from 6:00-8:30 p.m. The Ruritan Food Stand will be open at 6:00 p.m. serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, county ham sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, barbecue pork sandwiches, and drinks. Enjoy the Dixie Rhythm Band from 7:30- 8 PM, then the Clarke County Community Band 8:00 -9:30 PM. Fireworks sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County will go off at 9:30 PM. All events are FREE!

Purcellville Independence Day Celebration
July 4 from 6-10 p.m.
Enjoy a family-friendly night-out with great music, delicious food, and entertainment. Franklin Park’s incredible fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville; 540-338-7603
Admission Fee: $5/person suggested donation

Great Meadow Independence Day Celebration
July 4 from 4- 10 p.m.
Enjoy a July 4th extravaganza at this year’s Independence Day celebration! Adult-supervised games for youngsters ages 4-12 will include stick pony races, face painting, petting zoos, a rain machine and much more. There is live entertainment throughout the evening. Enjoy Helicopter Displays & Demonstrations; Rocketry Launches and Polo Matches.  All activities are included in the admission price.  Leave tents, pets, grills, glass bottles and personal fireworks at home. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket and cooler as long as the contents are within Great Meadow’s guidelines. Alcohol is permitted. The evening culminates in a 27-minute fireworks display. General Admission Vehicle Passes are $35.00 in advance (available at your local Giant) or $40 at the gate.

The Town of Middletown July 4th Celebration
The Town of Middletown will celebrate  Independence Day at the Middletown Town Park on Wed., July 4, 2012. Middletown’s annual 4th of July Celebration is a hometown, community event that promotes a small town, family atmosphere. The day begins with a softball tournament, children’s carnival, farmer’s market, and crafts fair. The parade will be held at 4 p.m. (Main Street and Church Street), with more games, food, horse-drawn carriage rides, local live music by The Instigators, fireworks at dusk and much more. These events are held at the Middletown Park, located at the intersection of Senseney Avenue and Second Street, unless otherwise noted.  For more details, and a schedule of events please go to http://www.middletownfire.com/4thofjuly.htm.

Fireworks at Sherando Park
Enjoy an evening at the park with music, food, and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July! No alcoholic beverages are allowed and for the safety of everyone, please leave your fireworks at home and enjoy the display being provided. There will be vendors on hand with plenty of good food for purchase! The DJ will start playing all your favorite tunes at 7pm. No Pets allowed in the concert area. No umbrellas or canopies. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
200 Lakeview Circle Stephens City, VA 22655


  1. Please be careful when coming in to Berryville! I haven’t in my entire life seen as many people pulled over by the town police. What is the deal? It is totally absurd to think that bikes on the bike path are going faster up by the new high school. Give it a rest fellas! The people of Berryville feel it is totally unnecessary!

    • And please remember there are workers in that area. Then, there will be kids in that area.

      The speed limit is there for everyone. Break it you get busted. Cut and dry.

  2. Pin drop says:

    At a time when our President and other politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

    These are good

    Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when
    DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
    Military out of France as soon as possible.

    Rusk responded,
    “Does that include those who are buried here?”

    Did not respond.

    Could have heard a pin drop.

    When in England ,
    At a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
    Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
    ’empire building’ by George Bush.

    He answered by saying,
    “Over the years, the United States has sent many of
    Its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
    Beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
    In return is enough to bury those that did not

    Could have heard a pin drop.

    There was a conference in France
    Where a number of international engineers
    Were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
    One of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you
    Heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
    Carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
    Intend to do, bomb them?”

    A Boeing engineer
    Stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three
    Hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
    Nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
    Shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
    Feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
    Gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
    Dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
    From their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
    How many does France have?”

    Could have heard a pin drop.

    A U.S. Navy Admiral
    Was attending a naval conference that included
    Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
    Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
    Group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
    Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
    French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
    Languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that
    We always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
    Speaking French?”

    Without hesitating,
    The American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the
    Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t
    Have to speak German.”

    Could have heard a pin drop.



    Robert Whiting,
    An elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
    At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
    In his carry on.

    Have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked

    Mr. Whiting
    Admitted that he had been to France

    You should know enough to have your passport ready.”

    The American said,
    “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

    Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”

    The American senior
    Gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
    Quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
    1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen
    To show a passport to.”

    Could have heard a pin drop.


  3. My 2 Cents says:

    Berryville has always been known as a speed trap! Its really all they do, other than chasing dogs and responding to the barking one on Rice Street!

  4. Sargewillis says:

    Not completely true, they do check on the welfare of distressed residents, help disabled motorist, stop all the drunks coming out of the bar from driving and that dog on Rice Street must be on vacation because we haven’t heard much from him/her in a while. LOL

  5. Way to go Bank of Clarke, pulling the trigger and lighting the fireworks early. Natures fireworks to the west, Bank of Clarke’s to the east. It was awesome!

  6. Sam Card says:

    Thank you John Milleson and Bank of Clarke County for contributing money to pay for fireworks. Thank you John Hudson for leading the 4th of July concert during an approaching thunder storm. John has a great singing voice and knows his music well.