Red, white and blue plus you! It’s Harrisonburg’s 17th annual Independence Day celebration. Great food, music and entertainment attract thousands of people to downtown Harrisonburg for a fun day with family, friends and neighbors.
Valley Fourth is held rain or shine. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times.
Unless otherwise noted, event activities are taking place at Turner Pavilion & Park.
New to Harrisonburg? Use Turner Pavilion’s address: 228 S. Liberty St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Schedule of Events
8:20am-10am: Valley 4th RUN
This is the only chipped timing race in the Shenandoah Valley that lets you pick your charity and your distance. Charities benefiting from this year's run include: Scholars' Latino Initiative (SLI), FairField Center, and, yours truly, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.
12pm: Reading of the Declaration of Independence (on Court Square)
The Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution present the Reading of the Declaration of Independence for the 23rd consecutive year on the east side of the Court House.
1:00pm-5:00pm: Friendly City Fortune
Make sure you have a ticket for the biggest raffle in the Shenandoah Valley! You can win cars, cash, vacations and more! One winning ticket will be drawn every 5 minutes for four hours. See the full list of prizes!
1:00pm-5:00pm: Vendor Market Place
- Art Market featuring local art, crafts and gifts
- Local food trucks and food vendors
- Craft vendors
- Downtown shops
1:00pm-9:00pm: Kids' Zone
- Bounce houses
- Face Painting by Larkin Arts
- Watermelon Seed Spitting contest by Friendly City Food Co-op
- Explore More Discovery Museum Fun Zone (4-7pm)
- Parachute games
- Sidewalk chalk
- Balloon Twisting
- “Touch a Truck” with Harrisonburg Fire Department
- Cake Walk supported by Heritage Bakery and Cafe
- Yard games and more!
5:00pm-9pm: Live Music & Beer Garden
Live music from Free Union and Erin & the Wildfire with a craft beer garden (featured breweries TBD).
5:00pm-9:00pm: Classic Car Cruise-In
All antiques and hot rods are welcome with no entry fee. The first 75 cars to arrive will receive dash plaques. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:15pm-ish: Fireworks Finale
Fireworks light up the sky over downtown! Here are the recommended safe viewing areas:
- Turner Pavilion & Park, 228 S. Liberty St.
- Food Maxx International Market, 924 W. Market St.
- JMU Memorial Hall Parking Lots, 395 S. High St.
- Thomas Harrison Middle School, 1311 W. Market St.
- Westside Baptist Church, 715 W. Wolfe St.
The rain date for the fireworks show is July 5, 2018. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates.
When do the fireworks start?
The fireworks begin around 9:15pm, weather permitting. In the event of a storm, a rain date is scheduled for Thursday, July 5th.
How long is the beer garden open?
The beer garden is open from 1pm-9pm, but drink ticket sales stop at 8:30.
Where can I purchase drink tickets? Where can I locate lost items?
Drink tickets can be purchased at the red info tent located at the beer garden entrance. Please visit the info tent if you've lost an item or have questions about the festival.
When do you stop serving alcohol?
Last call to use your drink tickets will be made at 8:30pm. Last pour ends at 8:45pm.
What is the Friendly City Fortune?
The Friendly City Fortune is a $250,000 raffle benefiting Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. Winning tickets are drawn every 5 minutes for 4 hours! For more information, visit the Friendly City Fortune event page.
Is the festival pet-friendly?
Yes. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times.
Parking & Street Closures
- Both lanes of South Main Street will be closed from Franklin Street to Gay Street
- Court Square will be closed
- Federal Street from Bruce Street to Wolfe Street will be closed
- The left lane of Liberty Street from Gay Street to Bruce Street will be closed
- All parking decks will be accessible
- All streets will reopen by 12pm on July 4
- No roads will officially be closed for fireworks
- Westover Park will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 7pm on July 4 until 8am on July 5
- The Municipal Parking Lot by the Turner Pavilion will close for public parking at 11am on July 4. All vehicles left in the municipal lot will be towed at the owner’s expense
- Free parking is located throughout downtown, and labeled with blue & gold signs. Please check the road closures that will prohibit street and lot parking at those locations
- Water Street and Elizabeth Street parking decks will be open
Interested in being a vendor at Valley Fourth? Applications are due by May 15th!
*Please note, due to the limited space available, not all vendors will be accepted. You will be notified of the Valley Fourth Committee’s vendor selections no later than May 22. Selected vendors will receive a detailed information packet in June.