Yes, you can definitely get your fireworks fun tickets punched here over the Independence Day holiday. I've taken a look at those plus a few other activities that will round out your long weekend when you come visit us here in the Winchester area. I’ve broken these down by date and as always, please let me know if I missed something?
Friday, July 1st
No, this isn't very much in the vein of Independence Day, but it sure is a great show and a unique way to start your weekend. And in case you haven't been to see a Shenandoah University Summer Music Theatre show, this isn't some little community theatre. These are some of the best collegiate theatre students in the country (many of whom go straight to work on Broadway).
As for this show, it is the dark and witty tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun! Tickets just $30 (discounts for seniors and youth). Friday evening's show begins at 8pm. Order here.
Experience the Civil War as a civilian in Old Town Winchester! Learn about the citizens and the events that took place in Winchester during that stirring period of time, presented to you by one of our two professional guides. Make your reservation by calling (540) 542-1326, and meet your guide at 2 N. Cameron Street. $5.00 per person, payable to your guide. Tour begins at 6pm sharp and lasts a little over an hour. Find out more at: http://www.visitwinchesterva.com/tours-and-itineraries/guided-tours.
Follow up your Civil War Walking Tour with an evening of music on the lawn of the 1840 Courthouse! Show starts at 7:30pm.
Madison, Wisconsin based Harmonious Wail draws from the rich influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli who created and developed what came to be known as Gypsy Swing. What sets the Wail apart from other wonderful talent in this growing genre is the vocal excellence of Maggie Delaney-Potthoff. The intoxicating arrangements and the sheer joy the Wail brings to every performance is downright addictive.
$5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & Seniors, $2 kids under 12
Sorry, there are no advance ticket sales; tickets available at concert.
Saturday, July 2nd
Saturday is a great day to explore the area on your own, but make sure you stop by Marker Miller Orchards and join them in celebrating the official start of a new season and our independence. Peaches and garden vegetables will be available. There will be activities for the children and music for everyone to enjoy. They will also be selling a variety of food for lunch or snacks. Wagon and cow train rides will be running all day. Open from 9am-5pm.
If craft beer is more your thing, check out the brand new IndePINTdence Day Celebration to celebrate Independent Beer at Winchester Brew Works, who just officially opened a few months ago. There will be live music by the Tom Fiammetta Band from 3 pm - 6 pm and special Red, White, and Blue brews including Coconut Canoe Love! Open from 12pm-11pm on Saturday.
Sunday, July 3rd
This is the region's premiere Independence Day celebration! Come enjoy Rockin’ Independence Eve, an All-American event in Old Town Winchester Sunday, July 3 from 12pm to 9:30pm.
Live music including the Navy Country Current band and Richmond-based Reckless Island will be set up at the Taylor Pavilion. Cabin Creek, featuring certified organic and gluten free modern folk music, will be there as well. A beer and wine garden, the Snow White Grill Hamburger Eating Contest, water pong and cornhole will also be available.
Numerous kids’ activities will be located throughout the Loudoun Street Mall on the Old Civil War Court House lawn – don’t forget your kid’s bathing suits so they can enjoy the splash pad!
The evening will be capped off with an impressive fireworks show. The fireworks will be launched from near the Mount Hebron Cemetery, and will be viewable from several different locations throughout Old Town Winchester, but the best place to view the fireworks show will be from North Kent Street (sorry, due to safety reasons no viewing is allowed from the roof of the Autoparks).
Parking is free during the event at all downtown garages. Free parking begins July 3 at noon through 10am July 4.
Monday, July 4th
The celebration continues at Middletown's annual 4th of July Celebration. This is a hometown, community event that promotes their small town, family atmosphere. The day begins with a softball tournament, children's carnival, and crafts fair. The day will also feature a parade, great food, local live music, fireworks at dusk and much more. These events are held at the Middletown Park, located at the intersection of Senseney Avenue and Second Street. Events run all day from around 10am until after the evening's fireworks extravaganza.
At this true local community event that is open to anyone who wants to come by, you'll find plenty of music, food, and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July! The park will be open all day, and the pool will stay open until 8pm. Fireworks commence at dusk. There will be vendors on hand with plenty of good food for purchase! The DJ will start playing your favorite tunes at 6:30pm. Free admission, and free parking at Sherando High School. Main park gate will close at 6:30pm.