Fourth in Fredericksburg
Showcasing all of the happenings on the 4th of July in the City of Fredericksburg.
Daytime Event Schedule - Tuesday, July 4, 2023
7:30am: Fallen Heroes 5 Miler Race - Downtown Fredericksburg. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Fallen Heroes and Fredericksburg Area Running Club. Race day registration starts at 6:30 am at the Visitor Center. Prizes are awarded for the best costume! Link to register: https://runsignup.com/fallenheroes5miler_signup
9:30am: Children's Roll N' Stroll - Caroline Street from VRE Lot to Market Square. Sponsored by Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, Mary Kulesa - Weichert Realtors, Associate Broker, and Thunder 104.5. Line up at 9 am in the VRE parking lot at the corner of Caroline Street and Frederick Street, parade will follow Caroline Street from the train station to Market Square. Prizes for best adult and child costumes and best decorated bicycle and wagon/stroller.
10:00am– 4:00pm: Festival of the Streets – Riverfront Park.
- Art & Craft Show with many great artists along Sophia, Charlotte & Hanover Streets! Sponsored by Beth Sholom Temple. Scroll down this page for entry information.
- Children’s Activities - Sponsored by Sheey Toyota. DJ2Much, Moon bounce, Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and more!
- Food Vendors - great variety of options
- Live Music
- 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Patsy’s Country Classics
- 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Memories of Elvis by Michael Hoover
Collection of Food Donations: bring a donation to the event!
11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm: Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence - Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Caroline Street. Join us on the steps of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop as we celebrate our Independence with a live reading of the Declaration of Independence. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Washington Heritage Museums.
11:30am and 1:30pm: Storytime at the Tavern - Rising Sun Tavern. Sponsored by Washington Heritage Museums. Join us on the lawn behind the Rising Sun Tavern Museum as costumed interpreters will read children’s books on the American Revolution and this historic day in our nation’s history. Bring the family for fun activities themed around the Fourth of July. This family event is free and open to the public. Tours are available at standard admission prices.
12:00 pm: Presentation of the Colors - Riverfront Park. Presented by the American Legion.
10:00am - 4:00pm: Fabulous Fourth - Ferry Farm. Sponsored by The George Washington Heritage Foundation. Play colonial games, tour the Washington House, meet a George Washington reenactor, watch a flag retirement ceremony, talk with archaeologists around an active dig site, take a selfie with B101.5’s Buzzy the Bee, make crafts, explore different historical encamped military units — and much more! Flag Retirement at 1:00pm. Food trucks on-site. ADMISSION $1 per person, ages 3 and up/ Children 2 and under free. Pay at the entrance, cash or credit. Parking on site. No pets permitted on site at this event, excluding service dogs. No coolers and no alcohol permitted. More information here.
1:00 pm: Flag Retirement Ceremony
Evening Event Schedule - Tuesday, July 4, 2023
City of Fredericksburg:
4:00pm - 8:00pm: FredNats Patriotic Palooza - Virginia Credit Union Stadium. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events. Fees: Free for Season Ticket Holders and $5 per person for everyone else. Parking Fees: $6 pre-paid and $10 for day of event. Activities: Moon bounces and lawn games. Movie at 5:30 pm: National Treasure. Concessions available.
About 9:00pm: FIREWORKS, Virginia Credit Union Stadium. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Nationals and the City of Fredericksburg.
Old Mill Park Admissions on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - Old Mill Park is a favorite spot to view Stafford County’s 4th of July fireworks over Pratt Park. The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events Department will be managing Old Mill Park admission on Tuesday, July 4th. City and Stafford residents will be admitted free of charge, with proof of residency. Non-residents will be charged $10 per car and $5 for walk-in during the hours from 7am to 9pm. Please note that once the park reaches capacity, the park gates will be closed to vehicles. Park visitors who have paid to enter will be free to leave and return the same day without paying, however there is no guarantee that there will be parking available and spaces will not be saved. Bring your lawn chairs. Dogs must be on a leash. Prohibited items: no tents, no alcoholic beverages, no marijuana, no sparklers, and no gas grills. Please obey all posted signage and parking restrictions. Read more about Old Mill Park here.
6:00pm: 4th of July Spectacular - John Lee Pratt Memorial Park. Sponsored by Stafford County. The evening will include live music, surprise grab bags for family fun, yard games, food trucks, a DJ and Fireworks. The Fredericksburg Concert Band will perform at Celebration Stage from 6:30pm-8pm. Read more here.
About 9:30pm: FIREWORKS. Pratt Park. The firework display will begin at dusk. Read more here.
View Fireworks from Pratt Park, Old Mill Park, or Expo Center parking area
- Bring lawn chairs
- No tents allowed
- No alcoholic beverages
- No sparklers
- No grills
- Dogs must be on a leash
- Vehicles: Please obey all posted signage and parking restrictions.
Annual Fallen Heroes 5 Miler Race
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 7:30 AM
This run is a scenic 5 Mile USATF Certified Course, which runs along the Rappahannock River and other beautiful areas of the City of Fredericksburg. This race is sponsored by Fredericksburg Fallen Heroes in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Area Running Club for the Coldwell Banker Grand Prix Series. The race will begin at Caroline Street between Lafayette and Frederick and finishing at Charlotte Street between Princess Anne and Caroline Street.
RACE STARTS AT 7:30 a.m. PROMPTLY
Race Day Registration: July 4th: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center at 706 Caroline Street. Please allow enough time to complete your registration process. Race will start approximately 2.5 blocks from location. You may register the same day of the event.
Packet pickup location: Lucky Road Run Shop, 1865 Carl D Silver Pkwy Unit #110 Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Time: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is highly recommended for packets to be picked up on this day.
Entry Fees: In order to receive your free shirt, you must register by June 8th
- February 17th – June 7th - $30
- June 8th – July 2nd - $40
- July 3rd, July 4th – $45
Extra shirts will be available for purchase with a limited supply. Cost: $20.00
Age Groups - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over Overall winners will be presented awards in both the men and women division; 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Specialty awards for best female and male: Patriotic/Independence Day outfit
Link to register: https://runsignup.com/fallenheroes5miler_signup
Children's Roll N' Stroll
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 9:00 AM
Children and adults are invited to participate in the July 4th Roll N' Stroll. Parents are responsible for the safety and behavior of their children and must pick up their children immediately at the end.
Line up at 9 am in the VRE parking lot B, corner of Caroline St. and Frederick St. Parade will follow Caroline St. from the train station to Marquet Sq. Prizes for dest adult and child costumes & best decorated bicycle and wagon/stroller.
- 9:00 am - Line up
- 9:10 - 9:20 am - Judging
- 9:25 am - Winners Announced
- 9:30 am - Rolling out
No parking at VRE parking lot. No floats or motors please. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Spectators needed to line the parade route.
Hosted by: Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg. Sponsored by: Weichert Realtors, Fredericksburg and Thunder 104.5.
2023 Fourth in Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Show
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 10AM - 4PM
This annual outdoor festival is held rain or shine from 10 AM to 4 PM, with additional activities scheduled throughout the day for the community to celebrate America's birthday. The festival area will also host food and drink vendors, music, and entertainment activities to draw people to the Arts & Crafts Show. The estimated crowd is typically about 10,000 people. The cost for space at the show is $95 for a single space (10’ deep x 10’ wide), $150 for a double space (10’ x 20’), and $195 for a triple space (10’ x 30’). *Register early to take advantage of special "early-bird" pricing and save.* You must provide your own booth setup (i.e., table(s), chair(s), canopy, and weights to hold the canopy in place). Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in early June. Direct sales vendors, such as Tupperware or MaryKay, etc, are welcome. However, as the focus of this event is as an arts & crafts show, we therefore limit the number of direct sales vendors to one per company. If you have any questions, please email 4thFXBGcraftshow@gmail.com or call 540-369-3592.
Art and Craft Vendors! Visit the website for more information and to apply to this year's show
FredNats Patriotic Palooza
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 4pm - 9pm
Virginia Credit Union Stadium. Gates open at 4pm, and head inside for bounce houses, yard games and face painting. We'll also be showing National Treasure starting at 5:30pm, and concessions will be open throughout the event. Admission is $5 per person.
Fireworks about 9:00pm over Virginia Credit Union Stadium
Don't forget about the biggest fireworks show of the year! Fans will head back out to their cars to catch the amazing display, courtesy of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Government and F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical.
FredNats Fourth of July Fireworks Parking
The firework show begins at 9 pm, and the public can view them from their cars up to two miles away. Please plan to arrive well before the showtime as parking is limited. The following map indicates areas designated for firework parking. For emergency response purposes, vehicles parked on Gordon W. Shelton need to park at a 45-degree angle, and cars parked on Carl D. Silver Parkway need to parallel park in the far right lane only, NOT the thru lanes. We look forward to a safe and festive Fourth of July in #FXBG!
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Weather and Traffic Alerts
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