Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 21st annual celebration of American independence with fireworks, live music, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and a beer garden on Sunday, July 2nd, at a new location, the Virginia Horse Center.  One of the valley’s biggest and best July fireworks display will again be sponsored by Virginia Safari Park.  In fact, Virginia Safari Park will not only sponsor the fireworks, they will be the signature sponsor of the entire festival this year.




With July 4 falling on a Tuesday, the festival will be held the Sunday before to allow the largest number of area residents and visitors to attend.


The WannaBeatles, renowned Beatles tribute band rained out last year, will headline this year’s concerts.




 They will be joined by Virginia's own country/'80s singer SaraJane McDonald and Sweet Fire.



 The area's best food and craft vendors, along with community organizations, will continue to offer regional and fair specialties.


Admission will be free, but parking at the Horse Center will cost $5 per vehicle.  All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club's many Rockbridge County charitable causes, ranging from support for the YMCA's After School program and full scholarships for international study by local high school graduates to the gift of a globe to every third grade student attending a county or Lexington City school.


The parking area opens at 1:30 p.m. and the festivities begin at 2:00 p.m.  SaraJane McDonald and Sweet Fire will begin playing at 4:00 p.m. followed by the WannaBeatles at about 6:15 p.m.  The fireworks show will begin around 9:15 p.m.


It should be a fun time for the whole family.  If you are coming from out-of-town be sure to check out the Lexington & Rockbridge County Visitors Center, the Main Street Lexington, and the Virginia Horse Center websites.  And, don’t forget to check our host’s website for even more things to do.  Links for these websites are provided below:


Lexington & Rockbridge County Visitors Center


Main Street Lexington


Virginia Horse Center


Virginia Safari Park