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JULY FOURTH EVENTS SPARK TRAFFIC CHANGES
Thousands of people will gather Thursday for Fourth of July celebrations, sparking road closures and holiday parking procedures to be aware of. Here’s a look at some of the local celebrations planned:
Those looking for a historic experience can visit George Washington’s boyhood home from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be exhibits, crafts and games, Colonial and Civil War re-enactors, and a flag retirement and replacement ceremony.
Admission is $1; children 2 and under get in free.
Free parking will be available at the Eagles Lodge on Cool Springs Road with trolleys departing every 15 minutes to Ferry Farm.
Trolleys begin at 9:30 a.m. with the last trolley departing Ferry Farm at 5 p.m.
Special parking will be available at Ferry Farm for disabled guests, as the trolleys are not handicapped accessible.
This all-day event begins at 7:45 a.m. with a five-mile run, continues with a variety of vendors downtown and ends the day with fireworks at Pratt Park.
To prepare for the fireworks launch at 9:15 p.m., St. Clair Brooks Park will be closed all day as well as the section of the Belmont–Ferry Farm Trail that runs through the park. The Historic Port of Falmouth park will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
Street closures for the Heritage Festival begin at 5 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. During this period, the affected roads will be barricaded. Parking will not be permitted beyond the barricades.
Sophia Street between Wolfe and Hanover streets will be shut down along with the incoming traffic lane along Sophia Street between George and Hanover, near Shiloh (Old Site) Baptist Church.
Both Charlotte and Hanover streets between Sophia and Caroline streets will also be closed to traffic.
From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Charlotte Street between Princess Anne and Prince Edward streets will be shut down for the Heritage five-mile run.
Additionally, the 200 block of Charlotte Street—between Caroline and Princess Anne streets—will remain barricaded throughout the day due to the courthouse construction.
Pratt Park will open early at 4:30 p.m. for limited parking under the direction of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office. Once capacity is reached, the park will close.
Old Mill Park will also be open with limited parking.
The 37th Annual Rappahannock River Raft Race, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, has been postponed until Saturday, July 20, because of the likelihood of unsafe river conditions on Thursday. The raft race, from the Falmouth Waterfront Park to the City Dock, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Port Royal will host its 14th annual Independence Day Celebration with a patriotic theme, featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence, 18th-century dancing demonstrations and other events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Activities will take place in the area of Main, Water and Frederick streets, near St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Free parking is available throughout the town.
A parking lot in the area of Main, Water and King streets will also be available for the event, which could attract between 300 and 500 visitors.
The Potomac River town of Colonial Beach will set off fireworks on the Fourth from the town pier at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Parking will be available in multiple areas, but early arrival is strongly encouraged.
For $10, parking will be available on Wilder Avenue, at the town point at Castlewood Drive or in the grassy area at Colonial and Washington avenues.
Metered parking is also available along the pier.
To view the fireworks, guests should bring chairs or blankets to watch from the two-mile stretch of beachfront between Castlewood Drive and The Riverboat. Grills and alcohol are prohibited on the beach, and there will be no fishing from the pier.
Regina Weiss: 540/374-5417