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Your Guide to Virginia’s Fourth of July Fireworks Shows, Festivals, and Parades

Catch brilliant fireworks displays, pay tribute to America’s history at special exhibits, and enjoy many of the time-honored traditions of Independence Day at these Fourth 4th of July celebrations, held throughout the Commonwealth this year.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

Fireworks at The Diamond, Richmond

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Date: July 3-4, 2021

An annual Richmond tradition, the 4th of July Flying  Squirrels baseball game concludes with a brilliant fireworks display over The Diamond. While the main celebration is held on the 4th, there is also a game on Saturday, July 3rd that ends with fireworks.

Colonial Downs 4th of July Fireworks, New Kent

Date: July 4, 9-10pm

Colonial Downs, home of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, is throwing a 4th of July celebration for all ages. Food trucks, including Redemption BBQ, Dominion Dogs, Wrapperz D-Lite, and Kona-Ice, will offer delicious fare for visitors from 5-9pm. Bring lawn chairs and set up in the parking lot to catch the fireworks, beginning at 9pm.

Chesterfield Fireworks Show, Chesterfield

Date: July 4, 2021

The Chesterfield Fireworks Show will be held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds and is a free event open to all ages. Gates open at 5pm and fireworks will begin at dusk. Bring a chair or picnic blanket to set up and enjoy the music. No alcohol, illegal weapons, personal fireworks, glass bottles or pets (except for service animals) are allowed on county property. Parking is limited, and all traffic must enter parking areas from the Krause Road entrance. 

Independence Day Fireworks in Downtown Lynchburg

Date: July 2, 2021

Downtown Lynchburg’s Independence Day Fireworks will be viewable from many private and public locations in downtown Lynchburg, but the Riverfront Park is one of the best public areas to set out a picnic blanket and catch the fireworks. Pack your own food and drinks or grab takeout from one of the restaurants in the downtown area. Fireworks will begin just after dark, or approximately 9:15pm on Friday, July 2nd. 

Independence Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest

Date: July 4, 2021

Held at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest estate outside of Lynchburg on the Fourth of July, the Independence Day Celebration will commemorate the 245th anniversary signing of the Declaration of Independence with colonial-style entertainment, demonstrations by colonial artisans, archaeological displays, old-fashioned games for the whole family, pony rides for the kids, and an official reading of the Declaration of Independence. The festival goes from 10am-4pm on Sunday, July 4th, and grounds admission is $10 per adult for ages 16+ while children 15 and under are free. Guided tours of Jefferson’s octagonal villa will be available for an additional fee on a first-come, first-serve basis that day. 

4th of July Celebration, Culpeper

Date: July 4, 2021

Culpeper’s Fourth of July Celebrations includes a Freedom 5K race, live music performances in the afternoon, children’s kayaking excursions, a wide array of food, drink, and arts and crafts vendors, and a Patriotic Presentation held at Yowell Meadow Park. The evening concludes with a fireworks show at Rock Water Park, but due to safety concerns, visitors should watch the fireworks from Yowell Meadow Park or in another location in downtown Culpeper, as Rock Water Park will be closed off to the public during the fireworks. 

Celebrate Us! Fireworks 2021 at Carter Mountain, Charlottesville

Date: July 4, 2021

Carter Mountain’s 4th of July Celebrate Us! fireworks spectacular begins at 9pm on July 4th (rain date of July 5th). Get tickets to view the fireworks from Carter Mountain Orchard, or take in the show from your favorite outdoor location in sight of Charlottesville’s Carter Mountain. The event is not only a chance to enjoy live fireworks, but also a chance to contribute to a good cause. Every year, the event donates proceeds to a charity organization; the 2021 proceeds will help the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville provide a home away from home to the children and families of the UVA Children’s Hospital, as it has for the past 40 years. 

Other Notable Central Virginia 4th of July Events:

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

An American Celebration, Mount Vernon 

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Date: July 4, 2021

Experience a truly patriotic Fourth of July at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during An American Celebration, an event that includes an 18th-century hot air balloon, music performances from the Revolutionary era, made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac River, Revolutionary army military drills, naturalization ceremonies for new American citizens, and meet-and-greets with President Washington himself. This July 4th extravaganza runs from 9:30am-2:30pm, and is included with the price of admission into the Mount Vernon estate.

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show, Fairfax 

Date: July 3-4, 2021

Now in its 55th year, the Fairfax Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Show begins at 10am on Saturday, July 3rd in Old Town Fairfax and will be held rain or shine. This year’s theme is “One Flag. One Hand. One Heart.”, and among the highlights of the event are nine high school marching bands, themed floats and balloons, and entertaining clowns. The fireworks festivities start at 6:30pm on Sunday, July 4th at the Fairfax High School stadium with live music from the band “‘70s Flashback”, followed by fireworks around 9:30pm. If it rains, fireworks will be rescheduled for Monday, July 5th. 

Independence Day Celebration at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg

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photo credit: Lisa Kosin

Date: July 4, 2021

Leesburg’s Independence Day Celebration begins with a parade at 10am down King Street through the historic downtown area and concluding at Fairfax Street. King Street will be closed to through-traffic from about 9:30am-11:30am. In the evening, parking for Ida Lee Park will open around 5:30pm and gates to the park event space will open at 6pm. Enjoy live music performances while dining on treats from a selection of food vendors, including funnel cakes, ice cream, hot dogs, and more. One of the region’s largest fireworks displays will light up the sky beginning at 9:30 p.m. and will be choreographed to music. Pets, alcohol, glass containers, and personal fireworks are not permitted at the park. 

Purcellville Independence Day Parade, Purcellville

Date: July 3, 2021

Kick off Purcellville’s 4th of July celebration at the annual Hometown Independence Day Parade on Saturday from 12-1:30pm. The parade starts at Blue Ridge Middle School on East A Street and concludes at Emerick Elementary.  Show your patriotic pride and join your friends and neighbors in celebrating America’s birthday during Purceville’s Independence Day Parade! 

Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Franklin Park, Purcellville

Date: July 4, 2021

The Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Franklin Park begins at 9:15pm, but the festivities kick off earlier in the day at 5pm with outdoor activities, games, giant inflatables for the kids, a scavenger hunt, a DJ for music, and food trucks offering an array of delicious foods. 

July 4th at Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont 

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photo credit: Rebecca Rally

Date: July 4, 2021

Bluemont Vineyards is hosting a July 4th celebration this year, with stunning views of the Loudoun Valley at twilight and fireworks in the background from nearby locations like Great Meadow in Middleburg and Franklin Park in Purcellville. Additionally, the tasting room is open from 10am-10pm on the 4th, serving wines by the bottle,seasonal sangria, wine slushies, and seasonal bomb pop sparklers, and the winery will have a live music performance by Brad Doggett from 5:30-9:30pm. Reservations to the Tasting Room are required; all reservations after 4:00pm are available for $15.00 per guest and include a souvenir glass and a glowstick.

Fourth of July at Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont

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photo credit: Meredith Roberts

Date: July 4, 2021

Savor farm fresh beer with locally roasted pork or grilled veggie plates cooked up by Chef Justin Garrison at Dirt Farm Brewing’s Fourth of July dinner event. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children for the dinner, and timed slots are available for 6, 7, and 8pm. General admission to the brewery without the dinner is $10 for adults and free for children 10 and under. There will be hot dogs, chips, and watermelon slices sold a la carte from Smos Snows, as well as a variety of snacks served in the brewery tasting room. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the brewery will close to unticketed guests at 5pm on July 4th. 

Other Notable Northern Virginia 4th of July Events:

COASTAL VIRGINIA

Independence Day in Yorktown, Yorktown

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Date: July 4, 2021

The Yorktown July 4th celebration begins at 8am with an 8K run (there are both live and virtual options), followed by a patriotic parade along Yorktown’s Water and Main Streets. Spend the day lounging on the beach, jamming to live music, perusing local shops and boutiques, and exploring Yorktown’s historic museums. Grab a bite to eat at one of Yorktown’s many celebrated restaurants or pick up something to-go at one of the vendors located in the Patriotic Food Pavilion, which will be open from 4pm until the fireworks conclude. This year’s food vendors include local favorites like Carrot Tree Kitchens, Chef Joseph, SMOKE BBQ, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, Pop’s Kettle Corn, and Coastal Thirst. In the evening, the 4th of July festivities continue with a bell-ringing ceremony, patriotic concert, and an incredible fireworks display over the York River. 

Colonial Williamsburg 4th of July Fireworks, Williamsburg 

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Date: July 4, 2021

Virginia has many historic destinations, but few tie into the celebration of the Fourth of July as perfectly as Colonial Williamsburg. This year, their July 4th event will include readings of the Declaration of Independence, a salute to the original 13 states by the Virginia Military Garrison, a Community Salute to America by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and “Created Equal”, a museum theatre experience that explores the African American perspective on the Declaration of Independence. And of course, the festivities conclude with a dazzling fireworks display over Colonial Williamsburg. 

Fourth Of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks, Norfolk

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photo credit: Scott Camp

Date: July 4, 2021, 5:00-11:00 PM

The 38th annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Norfolk is a free event held at Town Point Park. Guests can bring their own picnic blankets and lawn chairs and purchase traditional American fare from vendors like hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, fresh seafood, buttered corn on the cob, and juicy watermelon slices while listening to live music performances throughout the evening. The fireworks show over the Elizabeth River begins at 9:30pm. Parking is available within close proximity at several City of Norfolk public parking garages.

Shore Thing Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display, Norfolk

Date: July 2, 2021

Another fantastic (and free!) 4th of July event in the Norfolk area, the Shore Thing Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display begins at 6pm on Friday, July 2nd with live music, children’s activities, and food and beverages available from local vendors, followed by a fireworks show at 9:30pm. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets to set up in the park. Free parking is available at Ocean View Beach Park as well as several other surrounding areas. 

Busch Gardens Summer Nights, Williamsburg

Date: June 25-July 29, 2021

The Busch Gardens Summer Nights event runs every night from June 25th-July 29th and includes an impressive fireworks show each evening, block parties, and “Spark!”, a high energy laser light show that has pyrotechnics and an electric dance soundtrack. Additionally, they have DJs playing music throughout the park and illuminated coasters to keep the adrenaline going from day to night.

Urbanna Boat Parade & Fireworks, Urbanna 

Date: July 2, 2021

Attend the Urbanna Boat Parade & Fireworks this Independence Day for music, food, and beverages at the Urbanna Town Marina and fireworks over Urbanna Creek beginning around 9pm, which can be viewed from the docks or from your boat. Before the fireworks, spend the day exploring the charming streets of downtown Urbanna, where you can shop boutiques and galleries and dine at restaurants like Something Different, a local staple, then watch the festive Boat Parade competition, which starts at 6pm on Urbanna Creek. 

Independence Day at Stratford Hall, Stratford

Date: July 4, 2021

Make it a family affair and celebrate the Fourth of July at Stratford Hall, the home of the only two brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Two Fish Bistro & Tackle will provide food and drink from 11am – 2pm, complete with live music from Colonial Fare. A $4 Grounds pass will admit you to explore the historic grounds, nature trail, and Potomac River Beachfront. Guest House self-guided audio tour tickets can be purchased for $12; free admission for children under 5.

Celebrate Freedom, Chesapeake City

Date: July 3, 2021

Celebrate Freedom and America’s birthday with some moving, stirring patriotic sounds. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band will take the stage at 7pm, followed by fireworks by Pyrotecnico to illuminate the sky after sunset. The Chesapeake Public Art Committee will be on hand spreading awareness about and taking donations for the Chesapeake 9/11 Memorial, along with the Fine Arts Commission’s fundraising arm, ART’s ALIVE.

Cape Charles 4th of July 2021 Celebration, Cape Charles

Date: July 4, 2021

Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, live music throughout the day at the Pavilion and LOVE sign, and fireworks at night. Follow along the parade from Bay Avenue to Mason Avenue at 10am, followed by craft and artisan vendors until 5pm along Bay Avenue. Food vendors will be serving from 10am until dark, with fireworks to follow after sunset.

13th Annual 4th of July “Doo-Dah” Parade, Onancock

Date: July 4, 2021

The 13th Annual 4th of July “Doo-Dah” Parade will take place on Sunday, July 4th 5:30pm. It will begin in the King Street parking lot and go to the Historic Onancock School on College Avenue. After the parade there will be a community picnic. 

Other Notable Coastal Virginia 4th of July Events:

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA

SoBo Brew Fest 5K & Block Party, South Boston

Date: July 4, 2021

The annual SoBo Brew Fest has been reimagined for 2021 and will feature Halifax County’s newest brewery on the scene: Factory Street Brewing Company. The day will also feature a 5k run/walk, live music by 6th N Main, and a BBQ food truck. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display in Downtown South Boston. TIckets are $15 for the block party and include one pint of beer. Registration for the 5k is $15 and includes admission to the block party and one pint of beer. 

Independence Day Celebration at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, Brookneal

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Date: July 3, 2021

Take in the Fourth of July festivities at the home of the man who famously said “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The Independence Day Celebration at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill will feature local food vendors, live music, and a re-enactment of the famous speech by Patrick Henry’s fifth-great-grandson. Fireworks will take place around 9:15pm. An additional VIP event will take place where visitors can enjoy cake and ice cream, and watch the fireworks from premier seating. The cost of the VIP event is $10 per person. General admission and VIP tickets are available in advance online or at the gate.

American Veterans Tribute Celebration

Date: July 3, 2021

Join The American Veterans Tribute for an annual celebration of veterans at Lake Gaston over a weekend filled with celebration and honoring our military. Fireworks begin around 9:00 PM and can be seen by boat on Pea Hill Creek on Lake Gaston.

Alberta’s Star-Spangled Spectacular Parade, Alberta

Date: July 3, 2021

The Town of Alberta will be celebrating our nation’s birthday with a spectacular event, featuring a parade with the Crewe Cruizers Car Club, food vendors, and an open air market. Free admission. 

Lake Gaston 4th of July Parade,

Date: July 3, 2021

Enjoy the largest patriotic event on Lake Gaston! Join in the family fun, decorated boats, candy for the kids, treats for the pets, a refreshing drive through a light spray from a fire hose and the finale gathering of God Bless America. The parade starts at Mile Marker 17, proceeds past Americamps towards 903 bridge, back to main lake, west toward Anchor Cove, then cross lake to Timbuctu East to Norcarva. Then toward Six Pound Creek, past Ponderosa and Alma Linch and back to main lake. 

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

Big Stone Gap’s Independence Day Extravaganza, Big Stone Gap

Date: June 26-July 4, 2021

Join the town of Big Stone Gap for this week-long celebration leading up to the 4th of July! The locations vary by event, but most take place at or near The Visitor Center. The Town of Big Stone Gap is painted red, white, and blue as the celebration for our country’s independence is honored. Live music performances by area bands, food vendors from all over SW Virginia, games, inflatables, races, contests, and more! An event for all ages leading up to the 4th of July parade and a huge outdoor concert at Bullitt Park. The celebration concludes at dusk with one of the greatest fireworks displays around!

Freedom Forever – Independence Day Parade and Music Celebration, Lebanon

Date: July 3, 2021

The Town of Lebanon will be celebrating Independence Day with a Fourth of July parade and Music Celebration featuring the 29th Division Army National Guard Rock Band and Coal Creek. Parade begins at 10:30 am on Main St. and music starts at 7pm at Tommy Bryant Stadium and Harry Stuart Field. 

Abingdon’s Independence Day Fireworks, Abingdon

Date: July 3, 2021

Abingdon Independence Day Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 9:45 pm. The fireworks will be set off from Latture Field in downtown Abingdon. Come check out one of the area’s best fireworks displays. 

“Miles on Main Series” Revolutionary Run and 4th of July Celebration, Tazewell

Date: July 3, 2021

Tazewell Today Presents “Miles on Main” Revolutionary Run

Registration starts at 8am in front of the Tazewell County Public Library on Main Street, Tazewell, Va. Rain or Shine. Medals given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each age group. Please join in on the fun, and wear your best patriotic gear! T-Shirts are guaranteed only to those who pre-register. Day of registration prices will be an additional $5. Personal audio devices are permitted, as well as pets on a leash and strollers. Water stations will be along the route. Anticipated awards time is 10:30. This is a fundraiser for Tazewell Today, proceeds go to offset costs of the community development work we do, events etc.

July 3rd Celebration and Street Festival, Wytheville

Date: July 3, 2021

Make plans now to join us in Downtown Wytheville for the July 3rd Celebration and Street Festival! Activities include: Patriotic Kids Parade, Touch a Truck event, artist, maker, and craft vendors, 6+ bands at multiple venues, fireworks, and much more!

This will be a community family oriented celebration as we transition “not back to normal, but forward to better”. 

Norton Independence Day Celebration, Norton

Date: July 3, 2021

Join the City of Norton for its annual Independence Day Celebration. Festivities begin at 6pm and will include fireworks. 

SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Blue Mountain Barrel House Independence Day Low Country Boil, Arrington

Date: July 4, 2021

Looking for a low-key way to celebrate the holiday this year? Head to Arrington at the Blue Mountain Barrel House for a Low-Key Low-Country Boil. Specials will be served from 12pm – 6pm, with live music by The BLNDRS from 3pm – 5:30pm. In addition to the festivities, the Tasting Room and Food Truck will be open and serving during their regular business hours from 11am – 8pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own pop-ups and folding chairs. $20 for LCB Plate (while supplies last): 1/2 pound shrimp, 1/4lb crawfish, 1/4lb sausage, corn and potatoes.

Wintergreen Resort July 4th Jubilee Celebration

Date: July 4, 2021

Free. There’s no better place to see fireworks than on top of a mountain. Join Wintergreen Resort as they celebrate July 4th with a fantastic fireworks display. Fireworks will take place from 9:30PM to 10:30PM.

Sunset Spectacular, Waynesboro

Date: July 10, 2021

A special fireworks display will be shot off from the top of Sunset Park. This should provide for a spectacular view from just about anywhere in Waynesboro. There will also be a 5k and 10k race that morning. 

Happy Birthday America, Staunton

Date: July 4, 2021

While the traditional Fourth of July festival held in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, the city will still host the 50-year-old tradition of Happy Birthday America as a Facebook Live virtual event. Beginning at 7pm on the 4th, the two-hour celebration will feature an acoustic concert by Wilson Fairchild and end with a live stream of fireworks from Washington, D.C.

4th of July Downtown Get Down, Luray

Date: July 4, 2021, 5-9pm

This patriotic event will include food trucks, live musical performances, games, downtown shopping and dining specials, and a “Duck Race”.  The event will conclude with fireworks launched from the fairgrounds around 9:15pm.

New Market’s Independence Day Celebration, New Market

Date: July 5, 2021

Held in the New Market Community Park. The Independence Day Celebration is a free admission event that starts at 5 pm. There will be food and drinks for purchase from participating food trucks, family fun activities such as a game area, complete with life-size games like Connect Four.  Enjoy live music from 6:30pm-9pm from Walter and the Convictions, and fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

Strasburg July 4th Celebration, Strasburg

Date: July 4th, 6:30-11pm

Everyone is welcome at the Strasburg Town Park on Sunday, July 4th, in celebration of our independence and our community. The event is free for all! This year all festivities will be located at the entrance of the park, and include live music by the Jack Dunlap Band, face painting, inflatables for the kids, a pool party ($1 admission fee), and fireworks. 

Massanutten Summer Jam, McGaheysville

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Date: July 3, 2021

This year’s Summer Jam Festival will feature live music, kids’ activities, beer & wine, food trucks, and fireworks at 10 pm! All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. Food Vendors include Jack Brown’s, K’s Grill, Big Fat Daddy’s, Bayou Kitchen, and  more. Activities include Henna tattoos, face painting, arts & crafts, Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and more. Beer Garden brought to you by Molson Coors & Blue Ridge Beverage, and beer tickets are $5 each. All event attendees will be required to follow current COVID-19 federal and state guidelines, along with guidelines set forth by Massanutten Resort.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

Town of Buchanan Independence Day Parade & Fireworks, Buchanan

Date: July 3, 2021

The Independence Day Parade will begin at 5pm. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit along Main Street for viewing. Shop, stroll and dine along Main Street before cheering fire trucks, floats, marching units, and more as they make their way. Following the Parade, make your way down to the Town of Buchanan’s Riverfront Park to enjoy games, rides, live music and great food – all part of the Buchanan Community Carnival. Fireworks begin at 10pm. 

Town of Vinton Fireworks, Vinton

Date: July 4, 2021

Enjoy patriotic fireworks at the Vinton War Memorial. And don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of the Vinton War Memorial LOVEworks on the lawn! Admission is free. Fireworks timing to be announced.

July 4th Fireworks at the Salem Fair, Salem

Date: July 4, 2021

Gates to the Salem Fair will open at noon. Enjoy live music shows at 6:30pm and 8:30pm, followed by fireworks around 9:30pm. Admission is free. 

4th of July Lake Party, Gills Creek

Date: July 3, 2021

Make a splash this Fourth with a free boat-in concert on the water from 4pm – 7pm. Float your boat and enjoy music by Five Shades of Gray. Land-goers are also welcome–bring a chair, sit on the dock, drop a line, take a swim, enjoy and be safe. Gills Creek will be No Wake from G1 to G5 from 4pm-7pm.

Four on the Fourth, Roanoke

Date: July 4, 2021 

Start your day off with a patriotic four mile run around Downtown Roanoke. Proceeds from the race benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA. Strollers welcome, but please keep your furry friends at home for this race. There is also a Kids Fun Run option!

Summer Celebration Concert, Roanoke

Date: July 4, 2021

Hosted by Opera Roanoke and Greene Memorial UMC, enjoy this free outdoor concert from 4pm – 8pm. The evening will showcase fun performances by Opera Roanoke Chorus, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Virginia Children’s Theatre, and more. Local artisan vendors will also be on-site during the concert. Socially-distanced seating; masks required. Concert will take place on the steps of the church facing 2nd Street. 

Rotary Club of Rocky Mount’s Independence Festival, Franklin County

Date: July 2, 2021

Join the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount for this Independence Festival from 5pm-10pm. Because there will be limited food vendors, participants are allowed to bring coolers and food to the event

Fireworks begin at dusk. There will be a 50/50 raffle, along with $50 tickets for a chance to win cash prizes (from $500 to $2,500). Raffle tickets will be sold at the event with proceeds going toward Franklin County Parks and Recreation’s Land of Lights display.

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