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Fourth of July in Fredericksburg: Heritage Festival Schedule

Annual event begins with Five-Mile Run in the morning and ends with fireworks.

Fredericksburg Heritage Festival, July 4, 2013. Patch file photo/Susan Larson
Fredericksburg Heritage Festival, July 4, 2013. Patch file photo/Susan Larson
Fredericksburg's Heritage Festival returns this year for a day full of events in downtown Fredericksburg, ending with fireworks along the riverfront.

From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of Sophia Street, the 100 block of Charlotte Street and the 100 block of Hanover Street will be closed to all traffic.

The Heritage Festival Five-Mile Run begins at 7:45 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m. at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline Street.

The Heritage Day Parade begins at 9:30 a.m., with a route from Lafayette to Caroline to Princess Anne and back to Lafayette. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and most creative bicycle.

The Festival of the Streets will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be classic cars on display, the Heritage Festival Craft Show, live music, a dunk tank, face painting, a moon bounce and more. There will also be a trolley shuttling to Ferry Farm for 4th of July events.

The Rappahannock River Raft Race starts at 11 a.m., beginning at Falmouth Waterfront Park and ending at the City Dock.

Pratt Park opens at 4:30 p.m. Food vendors will be available. Quantico Marine Corps Rock and Roll Band will be performing beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Patrick A'Hearn and the cast of Riverside Theater's West Side Story through the fireworks presentation.

The Fredericksburg Community Concert Band will be performing it's "Made in America!" concert in the Market Square beginning at 5 p.m.

Fireworks
are planned at approximately 9:15 p.m. They can be viewed from Pratt Park or Old Mill Park. No alcoholic beverage, sparklers or grills. Dogs must be on leashes.
Arthur Baughman July 03, 2014 at 07:49 PM
I, as the president of The Fredericksburg Community Concert Band, am very upset with the lack of publicity that our concert scheduled for 5:00 on Market Square is receiving. The concert is named "Made in America", works by Williams, Gershwin, and, of course, Sousa will be presented. I know this isn't Patch's fault as you can only print what you are given by the organizers. Art Baughman, President FREDERICKSBURG COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
Greg Hambrick July 03, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Thanks for the comment, Arthur. Added!
Dean July 04, 2014 at 07:00 AM
You need to write the story in Spanish,this is the problem,50%plus of our towspeople are non English speaking or reading.This might not be the forum to some for my comments but it is a july 4th comment.Please if anyone knows of illegals hiding out in your locale,turn them in.I will speak from some personal experience.I worked with these people and none where here to try to be proud americans.When I questioned them on why and how they were here they proudly proclaimed they had two s.s.cards and showed me them,they didn't like America but loved where they came from.When I asked why then are you here I was shockingly told to use us to improve their family at home."Not to become americans".To use us!!On this july 4th look around you and wonder how many are using you in your area and how many graves they stole names from in your area to abtain fake s.s.cards.How they snicker at what fools we are with our liberal agenda and how happy and cheerful they are that we allow them to use us!I am rolling up my own borders and finding anyway I can to stop them from taking from me as a taxpayer.If I must it will include lying and cheating,lessons I learned from them.Happy 4th to all true americans and wanna be americans but not to the fakes.My promise--I will not hire any of these fakes,I will not consume anything made by these fakes,i will turn these fakes in withdual or triple s.s.cards,i will turn in the corner stores that are buying food stamps at 50 cents on the dollar and the people who sell them.I will stop being used as a American.

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