Where to Celebrate Independence Day
Steeped in American history, the Fredericksburg Region is an ideal spot to celebrate Independence Day! Did you know Fredericksburg contributed heavily to the American cause during the Revolutionary War? Munitions were manufactured here, five generals left their families here to fight and Fredericksburg fortunes were devoted to the cause. In 1777, Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, laying groundwork for key aspects of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Many buildings of the era still line the streets of Fredericksburg. After the war, the city enjoyed a period of prosperity as grand mansions mingled with tidy frame houses and a bustling business district by the river.
It’s not just it’s rich history that make the Fredericksburg Region the perfect place to enjoy the 4th. There’s also a ton to do and see!
July 4th Sunrise Paddle – 6am at City Dock Park –
Join local paddler for a group paddle! All levels welcome. BYOBoard if you can. There will be limited boards available to rent/ $30. Message @kolbiesupyoga on Facebook to claim a board. Refunds only in the case of bad weather.
Armed Forces Ride and Play Free at Central Park FunLand – 10 AM – 10 PM
As a “Thank You” to our Armed Forces, Funland is celebrating the 4th of July by offering a FREE Ride & Play Day Pass for each guest who presents a valid Military ID! This offer is ONLY valid on July 4, 2019. Thank you to our Armed Forces for everything you do!
4th of July Community Social VFW Post 3103 -5 PM – 9 PM
Come by and enjoy free entertainment and dancing! Food and beverages will be sold on site. Meet some of our Members, Families, Friends, and other Veteran Service Organizations, all volunteering their time in partnership with local small businesses to bring the community together to celebrate our great Nation!
Heritage Day Kid’s Parade – 9:30am – The Blue Star Mother’s Chapter 4 will host this year’s Kid’s Parade! Route will be on Caroline Street, George Street, and Princess Anne Street. No floats or vehicles. Dogs must be on a leash please. Prizes will be given for best decorated child’s bike or wagon and best child’s costume.
The Declaration of Independence Signing and Proclamation – 1pm & 3pm at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
Join your fellow patriots on the steps of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop as we celebrate our independence! There will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 PM and again at 3 PM. This event is open and free to the public.
Barely Naked Brewing 4th of July Celebration – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
There will be live music with two live bands, corn hole games, various food vendors and ice cream, a children’s bounce house, petting zoo, dunk tank to dunk the brew crew, and face painting. There will be a prize for the most patriotic dressed patron.
Fredericksburg’s 4th of July Heritage Festival – 7:45 AM – 10 PM
Visit downtown, Farm and Pratt Park. for a day full of celebration and activities! Check out the flier for all the info.
4th of July at Ferry Farm– 10 AM – 4 PM – Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home! Tour the Washington house, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War reenactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, view living history demonstrations and theatre performances, and participate in educational programs, crafts, games, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Cost: $1 per person. Parking: Eagles Lodge – 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405 (Handicap parking available at Ferry Farm.) Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge, Ferry Farm, and Downtown Fredericksburg.