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Today’s Warrenton Town Limits kicks off July 4th celebrations

Friday, Jul. 1 | By Zach Harris
Fauquier County offers plenty of opportunity to celebrate Independence Day.

Although, the traditional date for festivities is July 4, this year that day falls on a Monday.

But here locally the Town of Warrenton honors the nation's birth with its Warrenton Town Limits celebration on July 1.

The event is located at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreational Facility in Warrenton with gates opening at 4 p.m.

The Town of Warrenton Committee on Health, Parks and Recreation presents the free event for a second year in a row.

Warrenton Town Limits begins with a disc jockey performance on the main stage at 4 p.m. and is followed up with zumba classes at the W.A.R.F. at 5 p.m.

The Andre Fox band will utilize the main stage for a live music performance at 5:30 p.m. and there will once again be a Chick-fil-A chicken nugget eating contest at 6:30 p.m.

As the sun wanes, the Washington, D.C., skydiving team will present America's colors at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

“This is a celebration of the community of Warrenton,” said Margaret Rice, the director of Warrenton parks and recreation.

Warrenton Town Limits will also have various food vendors throughout the day. Chick-fil-A, Fosters Grille, Red Hot & Blue, Carousel and Sibby's BBQ are only a sampling of the 10 vendors that will attend.

Innovative Pyrotechnic Concepts will provide an over 1,000 shell fireworks display sponsored by Walmart at sunset.

The next day, one of Northern Virginia's largest fireworks displays kicks off at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Gates open at 4 p.m. On Saturday, July 2, with fireworks at dark.

The event averages crowds of 35,000 or more and the fireworks show features shells 20 percent larger than what is seen at Washington, D.C.'s display.

In addition, 92.5 WINC-FM will be broadcasting live from Member's Hill from 4 to 6 p.m. Near the end of the broadcast, the National Anthem will be played with the presentation of America's colors by the American Helicopter Skydiving Team.

At 6 p.m., the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry will be doing a model rocket launch on Great Meadow's race course.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Andre Fox band will perform. While the band is playing, there will be a helicopter parade and polo demonstration presented by the Great Meadow Polo Club.

According to Great Meadow's website, “the greatest fireworks display you have ever seen” will commence at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The greatest improvement has came from traffic logistics at the event. Great Meadow has arranged with the Virginia Department of Transportation to close Route 245 South (Old Tavern Road) which will provide for two lanes of exit traffic.

“Everyone wants to leave at once,” Rob Banner, president of Great Meadow, said. “This should cut the waiting in half. If you're headed back to [Interstate] 66, this should really help.”

People who reside near Remington can look no further than the Inn at Kelly's Ford. Located on 530 acres of Virginia's historical site of the Kelly's Ford Civil War Battlefield, the event takes place on July 4 from noon to 10 p.m.

“This event is unique because we offer a buffet, equestrian rides and face painting,” said Amy Butt, an employee of Kelly's Ford.

Not even Great Meadow, home of the Gold Cup, offers equestrian rides, she said.

In addition, there will be a Civil War-era cannon firing and fly-over performance by the flying circus. Attendants can congregate in either the main dining room, Pelham's Pub or on the lawn to celebrate Independence Day.

There will also be a live band performance starting at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show at dusk. Limited parking starts at 11:30 a.m.

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