The Fourth of July brings a variety of festivities throughout the Fredericksburg region.
The Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular is a festival of food, music, games and a grand finale of fireworks that brings a family-friendly crowd to the Spotsylvania Courthouse area June 30 starting at 3 p.m.
On July 4, the streets of downtown Fredericksburg come alive for the Heritage Festival, which kicks off with a 5-mile road race at 7:45 a.m., followed by a kids parade at 9:30 am and a street festival with crafts, food, music, games and more. As the day begins to wind down, head to Stafford County’s Pratt Park to claim a seat for the fireworks show that begins around 9:30 p.m.
These are some tried-and-true traditions for celebrating the Fourth in Fredericksburg. If you’re looking for an even deeper connection with our nation’s history, a wide array of options can keep you busy all summer long. Today I’d like to highlight a few regional destinations that I’d hate for you to overlook while making your plans for July 4 and beyond.
George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm will celebrate many aspects of area history with its July Fourth celebration. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ferry Farm, off State Route 3 in Stafford County. For admission of $1 per person (kids 2 and under are free), you can 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. Parking: Eagles Lodge - 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge and Ferry Farm.
If you can’t make it on the Fourth, The George Washington Foundation, which runs Ferry Farm and Kenmore, has plenty of other summer fun in store. Ferry Farm presents its Archeology Camp (for ages 9-12) on July 16 through July 20 and Archaeology Day Camp (ages 6-8) on August 2.
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library will be celebrating a couple of days before July 4th...celebrating Elizabeth's Monroe's 250th Birthday! Join Mrs. Monroe in the garden for cake and music. Play a game of Whist and King's Corners.
More opportunities to connect with early America’s leaders can be found at the Washington Heritage Museums. This organization maintains Mary Washington House, the Rising Sun Tavern, the Hugh Mercer Apothecary and St. James House in downtown Fredericksburg. On June 30, WHM will welcome visitors to Mary Washington House for Games in the Garden. Stop by and enjoy games as they were in the 18th century!
On July 4, gather at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop to celebrate our independence. There will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1pm and 3pm. Event is free and open to the public.
Join the National Park Service and Salem Baptist Church for a musical celebration of our nation's history on the lawn of the Old Salem Church on July 4 at 7:00 pm.The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony under the direction of Aaron Noe will provide the music—a mix of patriotic and historic tunes suitable for the day. Parking for the event will be at new Salem Baptist Church, 4044 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, 22407—immediately adjacent to the historic sanctuary. In the event of rain, the program will be moved inside to the adjacent Family Life Center at new Salem Church.
The National Park Service has brought back its popular History at Sunset program this year. These twilight talks give visitors a chance to explore lesser-known stories from the Civil War era at historic sites around the region. The talks take place at 7 p.m. every Friday night throughout the summer. Admission is free. On Friday, June 29 the series will visit the Chancellorsville Battlefield for the experience of Union General Joseph Hooker - his wounding and the age-old question: why did he retreat? Find a full schedule here.