FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Heritage Day Festival will be a free July Fourth celebration that will offer a 5-mile run, parade, 100 crafters, a river raft race, and – later in Stafford County – a fireworks display.
The daytime program will be in downtown Fredericksburg on Sophia, Charlotte and Hanover streets. The evening program will take place at Pratt Park off River Road in Stafford.
Participants will find food, a wide assortment of crafts for sale, music all day long, and children’s events.
The schedule is:
• 7:45 a.m. – the Heritage Festival Five-Mile Run sponsored by the Fredericksburg Host Lions Club with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.
• 9:30 a.m. – Heritage Day Parade sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees that begins on Lafayette Boulevard with prizes awarded for Best Costume & Most Creative Bicycle.
• 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Festival of the Streets that includes over 100 crafters sponsored by Stafford’s Beth Shalom Temple, food vendors sponsored by the Rappahannock Rotary, children’s activities that include face painting and balloon creations, a free fun photo booth, and more.
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Ferry Farm’s Fabulous Fourth of July sponsored by the George Washington Foundation. Free trolleys will run from downtown or from the Eagles Lodge on Cool Springs Road in Stafford where you can park. Parking at Ferry Farm will be restricted to handicapped only.
• 11:30 a.m. – Rappahannock River Raft Race begins at Falmouth’s waterfront park and ends for those still afloat at Fredericksburg’s City Dock.
• Noon: a welcome by Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, followed by the Presentation of Colors by Stafford’s American Legion Post 290.
The Heritage Festival will continue at night in Stafford County’s Pratt Park with a real July Fourth spectacular. Bring your own picnic to the park or get your food from one of the 10 food vendors.
• 4:30 p.m. – Pratt Park opens for an evening of patriotic celebration.
• 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – special children’s activities.
• 5:30 p.m. – the first of two concerts begins with the Marine Base Quantico band together with Riverside Theater’s Patrick Ahern along with stars from the upcoming production of Les Miserable.
• 8:00 p.m. – UMW Philharmonic Concert sponsored by the UMW Foundation will perform with Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron.
• 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks display begins along with stirring patriotic music by the UMW Philharmonic. The fireworks are sponsored by the city of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.
While all the fun, music, entertainment and food will be at Pratt Park, fireworks can also be viewed at Old Mill Park. For everyone’s safety, in either park, no alcoholic beverages, sparklers or personal fireworks or grills are permitted. Dogs must be on leashes.