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Fourth of July updates: Raft race winners, fireworks times and places, and more
It’s 2:30 p.m. and my fellow reporter Lindley Estes has passed the torch to me. She was out this morning at the five-mile run and Heritage Festival while I went over to Ferry Farm. We met up at the raft race down the Rappahannock.
Here are the results from the raft race:
First to finish: The Trophy Hunters, piloted by Karl Scheibe, in 31 minutes
Winning time – Speed: John Boat, piloted by John King, in 39 minutes
Winning time – Huck Finn: Redneck Raft, piloted by Bobby Smith, in 40 minutes
Winning time – Inflatable: The Chad, piloted by Chad Dempe, in 46 minutes
Winning time – Commercial Huck Finn: Stonemen, piloted by Erika Gunselman, in 1 hour, 26 minutes
Most patriotic: The Unsinkable Charlie Brown, piloted by Nick Chanin, in 1 hour, 5 minutes
“We didn’t think we’d make it”: Bamboo Two’s, piloted by Frank Marino, in 1 hour, 25 minutes
Regency Park Tiger Sharks, piloted by Dan Sandoval, in 1 hour, 6 minutes
Rock on Water, piloted by John Wiltenmoth, in 1 hour, 9 minutes
Fluffy Kitty Addie, piloted by Sarah Newbert, in 1 hour, 34 minutes
Megladon 2, piloted by Jack May, in 1 hour, 55 minutes
Hope This Floats, piloted by James Spitler, in 1 hour, 59 minutes
Congrats to all race participants and to the Fredericksburg Jaycees to organizing the race.
Want to watch fireworks tonight? Here’s a quick round-up of where you can see them. All fireworks will be starting at dusk, around 9 p.m. or so.
In Fredericksburg: Independence Day Spectacular, Pratt Park, 120 River Road, Stafford. Opens at 6 p.m. Music by the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and picnic. Old Mill Park will also be open tonight.
Also in Fredericksburg: Rock the Fourth, Massad YMCA Water Park, 212 Butler Road. $15 for general public includes a meal ticket, games and a front-row seat for the fireworks show at Pratt Park. Children 2 and younger admitted free. 6–10 p.m. The last we heard, this event was sold out but you can call 540/371-9622 to make sure.
In Culpeper: Fourth of July Celebration, Main Street, Davis Street and Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper. Sporting events, patriotic speeches, parade, children’s activities, entertainment, fireworks. The entertainment at the park starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts till 10 p.m.
At Dahlgren: Fourth of July Celebration, Dahlgren, King George County. Music by Glass Onion Band, followed by a performance by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), children’s games, crafts, talent show, zip line, car show (register in advance at 540/653-8785). Events begin at 4 p.m. Free. All attendees over the age of 16 must provide a photo ID to get onto the base. Lawn chairs permitted. coolers, alcohol, personal firearms, fireworks, awnings and pets are banned.
At Colonial Beach: July 4th Celebration, Colonial Beach. Trolley service, boat tours and fireworks from the municipal pier.
In Syria: July 4th Celebration, Graves’ Mountain Lodge, Syria. Pony rides, food, music by Dry Run Band, fireworks. 4–10 p.m. Free.
Know of any other places to watch fireworks? Comment here or tweet at @newsintheburg using the hashtag #fxbg4th!
I’ll be making my way to Dahlgren later tonight and hopefully ending my day at the Massad Family YMCA. Want to see me? Got any requests for places for me to visit or people for me to interview?
Tweet at me (@lianabayne_). You can also post your pictures, videos and thoughts to Twitter using the hashtag #fxbg4th to let us know how your July Fourth is going!
I hope you’re having a great day, staying cool, staying hydrated and reapplying sunscreen often.
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