Loudoun County: Fourth Festivities

One thing I love about living in Loudoun is that there is no shortage of fun things to do on the 4th of July. In the mood for a parade? Try Purcellville, Lovettsville, Round Hill or downtown Leesburg. If it’s fireworks you’re after, Leesburg’s show last year rivaled anything I’ve ever seen on the mall in DC (that’s no exaggeration – the show is phenomenal), and I can’t imagine that this year will be any different. Ashburn Village puts on a fireworks show over the waters of Lake Ashburn, and Lansdowne Resort puts on a private show for patrons of its hotel or restaurants. 

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Image: Leesburg’s 2007 July 4th parade. Photo credit.

For more information about celebrations in Loudoun, click here, here or here. I’ve included a few highlights below (event descriptions were pulled from WashingtonPost.com).

Have a happy and safe Independence Day! 

IDA LEE CELEBRATION: A parade down King Street will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ida Lee Park, 50 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg, and head to Fairfax and South King streets. The Reverend Hookems band and Marna and Macy will perform beginning at 7 p.m. at Ida Lee Park; gates open at 6 p.m. There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. No pets, glass bottles, personal fireworks or alcohol will be permitted. Free. Information, 703-777-1368; cancellation line, 703-737-7166. http://www.idalee.org.  

PURCELLVILLE CELEBRATION: The Pride of Purcellville parade will start at noon tomorrow at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., and end at Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave. Rides, booths and food will be available for purchase, and there will be entertainment at the high school from 1 to 6 p.m. Free. 540-338-7421. http://www.prideofpurcellville.org. Musical entertainment and Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers from 6:15 to 9 p.m.; fireworks display will start at dusk at Franklin Park, Business Route 7, between Purcellville and Round Hill. $5, per vehicle. 540-338-7603.  

OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH: A festival from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in Sterling will feature nature activities, crafts, face-painting, pony rides, hayrides, games, tours of Lanesville Ordinary and a reptile show at Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Rd. Enter the park at Loudoun Park Lane. Food will be available for purchase. $5 a carload. 571-258-3700.