Monday, 4 July 2016

List of local events happening this 4th of July

Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, the Danville Regional Medical Center Patriot Challenge Trail Run kicks off at Anglers Park.

Afterward, the Annual All-American Pie Baking Contest beginning at 2 p.m. at the Pepsi Building.

That contest will be followed by 'July 4th at the Crossing Celebration' at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk at the Carrington Pavillion.

Celebration 2016 kicks off at 3 p.m., when the carnival rides open.

The music begins at 6:30 p.m., with The Gatlin Brothers taking the stage around 8:30 p.m.

The Gatlin Brothers are the headlining band and will take the stage around 8:30.

The night will culminate with the fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.


In Poplar Forest, 4th of July festivities begin at 11 am and go until 4 p.m. Monday.

Festivities include music by a fiddler and a folk-musician, colonial-period dancers,and demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftsmen.

At 1:30 p.m., there will be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Admission for the events is $9 for adults and free for children 14 and under.

Tours of Thomas Jefferson's villa will be offered at a reduced rate.


The National D-Day Memorial is offering tours throughout the 4th of July holiday.

The memorial closes at 5 p.m. Monday, and regular fees do apply.


The Town of Christiansburg's 18th annual Fourth of July Celebration starts Monday.

It will follow the format introduced last year, with a festival downtown during the day and fireworks at Christiansburg High School's football field to close out the night.

The fun begins along Main Street with a downtown festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will feature vendors, four local bands, a kids area, fresh produce from the Christiansburg Farmers' Market and a New River Valley Classic Cruisers car show.

Live music includes performances from Fritz Schindler, Half Throttle, Aside Oceans and Raw Talent.

Monday evening, Christiansburg High School's football stadium will open at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks starting around 9:15 p.m. Pets are not allowed in the stadium. The rain date for fireworks will be Tuesday, July 5, at 9:15 p.m.


Monday marks day three of family fun and programs throughout Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

Activities include a campfire, catching crawdads in the creek, making a unique souvenir to take home, creating art and making bubbles while enjoying the swimming beach.

Some programs require pre-registration and fees, but most are free.

Pre-registration lasts from 10:30-11:00 a.m. at the Beach & Main Picnic Areas.
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