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Seasonal Fun and Activities

June 30:

Stars and Stripes Spectacular. 3pm. This annual event will have three stages of entertainment for your enjoyment: Children's activities; Moon bounces; Historic Tours; Sheriff's Office activities; Volunteer Fire Department activities; Star Wars characters; Live music by the Wil Gravatt Band; and much more! SPECTACULAR fireworks at dark! FREE -- (other than food vendors and optional pony rides costs). At the Spotsylvania Court House. http://www.spotsylvania.va.us/content/2610/2651/default.aspx 

July 3:

American Music! Concert Series. 7pm - 9pm. Join us in celebrating our Independence Day and listen to patriotic music with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra! This is the most popular concert of the series and you won't want to miss it! In Market Square, at the corner of Princess Anne and William Streets in downtown Fredericksburg. Free! www.famcc.org 

July 3 & 4:

Military Days @ King's Dominion. All Day. Join us July 3-4 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.

July 4:

A Capitol Fourth ~ 2012. All Day. The nation's premier Independence Day holiday concert features performances from some of the country's best known and award-winning musical artists with the National Symphony Orchestra. The Capitol Fourth concert and show includes an evening of patriotic and uplifting music followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.

This is an all-day event in the nation's capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.

There will also be free entertainment at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds. Happening along Constitution Avenue, 7th to 17th Streets NW. Concert at 8pm, Fireworks at 9pm. For a full schedule of the day's events and more details: http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/4thofJuly.htm 

An American Celebration . 10am. Historic Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, salutes our first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. New this year: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. visitors can watch as costumed staff provide a glimpse into the making of one of George Washington's favorite desserts – ice cream! Mount Vernon's team will explain the fascinating process and use reproduction period equipment to demonstrate how ice cream was made in the 18th century.

The Independence Day event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreath laying ceremony, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last), and a visit from the "first" first couple, "General and Mrs. Washington."

Included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free! www.mtvernon.org 

Culpeper's 4th of July Celebration. 8am - 10pm. Join us for a day of celebration and patriotism in and around downtown Culpeper. The Independence Day Celebration is a safe, fun, and affordable event that represents not only our heritage, but also a strong sense of community spirit. People of all ages, from all walks of life find pleasure and enjoyment in the day's activities. The day is filled with sporting events, patriotic speeches, a festive parade, amusements for children and adults, and entertainment that will delight everyone. Invite your friends and family members for this very popular event in Culpeper! Held on Main Street, Davis Street, and Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper.

Rain date for Fireworks and Park Events: Tuesday, July 5, 2011. In the event of inclement weather on the 4th, the Parade will be cancelled. The Freedom 5K will run rain or shine on the 4th. www.culpeper4thofjuly.com 

Culpeper Downtown 13th Annual 4th of July Car & Bike Show. 10am - 3pm. Includes custom, classic, and antique cars, hot rods, street rods, motorcycles, and trucks. This year will highlight a feature car – Classic Mustangs (1964 – 1973), prominently featured directly in front of the depot. Free! Held in Downtown Culpeper – The Depot & Davis Street. http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/events.cfm 

Fabulous 4th at Ferry Farm. 10am - 5pm. You're invited to come celebrate Independence Day at Ferry Farm. This annual event features historic interpreters, crafts & games, entertainment, a flag ceremony, food vendors, and much more! This year's theme is "Symbols We Hold Dear." Admission is $1/person. Ages 2 and under are Free!

On-site parking for this event will only be available for handicapped visitors. General parking is available at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge at 21 Cool Spring Rd. Free trollies will take visitors to Ferry Farm (running approximately every 15 minutes.) 268 Kings Hwy, F'burg, 22405. www.kenmore.org 

All-American Celebration. 1pm - 4pm. Celebrate Independence Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond! Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a "parade" from the Visitors Center to the Children's Garden. There will be live music and other activities in the Children's Garden. Free Admission the whole day! http://www.lewisginter.org 

Rock the 4th. 6pm - 10pm. Join us at the Massad YMCA Water Park to bring in the holiday! The prices include a meal ticket, games, fun and a front row seat to the fireworks show at Pratt Park! There will also be silent auctions and raffles as well!

Cost: $8 per person for Water Park Members; $12 per person for YMCA Members; $15 per person for General Public; $12 for a round reserved table for 4; $10 for a reserved picnic table. Children 2 and under are free! $5 per person to participate in one of the following tournaments: Volleyball, Corn Hole Game, or Bocci Ball.

YMCA Massad is located at 212 Butler Rd, 22405. http://www.family-ymca.org 

Independence Day Spectacular. 8pm - 9:30pm. Celebrate the 4th with a patriotic concert and fireworks show at the Independence Day Spectacular! Featuring music by the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra and fireworks show at dusk! Free! Pratt Park, 120 River Rd., F'burg. For more info call: 540-654-1012.

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