Abingdon Independence Day

Beth Deel, a performer with Miss Kitty's Society for Wayward Cosmonauts, walks around the Abingdon Independence Day celebration on Saturday.

ABINGDON, Va. — From concerts to fireworks, Washington County is gearing up to celebrate the birth of our nation.

Although the Fourth of July falls on Thursday this year, celebrations are planned throughout the week in Abingdon, Damascus, and Glade Spring.

Take your pick or attend them all.

Abingdon

Watermelon Eating Contest

Downtown Abingdon will come alive on July 4 with an All-American Independence Day Extravaganza. Festivities will take place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion and along Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon.

Concessions will be provided by food trucks.

A watermelon eating contest begins at 4 p.m. for ages 5 to 18. No hands or other unique equipment are allowed during the competition.

Contestants are asked to arrive at 3:30 p.m. for registration. Children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Kids’ Craft Area

Kids of all ages can participate in a kids’ craft area from 4:30 to 7 p.m. where creative craft projects will be held for free. Activities at the craft area include rotating art projects every hour.

Carolyn Wonderland will take the stage at 7 p.m. with a blues and Southern soul musical performance.

Other family-friendly attractions include historical reenactors from 4 to 6 p.m.; antique tractors from 4 to 9 p.m.; a block party and foam pit at 5 p.m.; food trucks from 4 to 9 p.m.; and a fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m.

All activities will take place on Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon, either at the Fields-Penn Lawn, the Abingdon Market Pavilion or along Remsburg Drive. Public parking is available in the Municipal Lot on Main Street or on the street as available.

Damascus

A Fourth of July Celebration will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 3 at the Damascus Town Park on Beaver Dam Avenue.

The event will feature local food vendors and music performances by Phantom from 7 to 9 p.m.

Manuel Fireworks will present a fireworks show at dark.

In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be rescheduled for Labor Day.

Glade Spring

Glade Spring’s July Celebration is noon to 10 p.m. on July 6 at Dunn Memorial Field in Glade Spring.

Music will be provided from noon to 4 p.m. by Tomcats and from 6 to 10 p.m. by Railway Express.

Blake Andis, Marty Berry, Rex Carter and Greg Hogston, all of whom are running for the office of Washington County sheriff, and Ricky Stumbo, Glade Spring Middle School resource officer, will participate in a pie-throwing fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Glade Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

Free inflatables and games will be available throughout the day for family entertainment. A balloon artist and face painter will be featured in the evening. During the day, craft and retail vendors will set up their wares in the Glade Spring Community Center.

Food vendors will be available throughout the event. The celebration concludes with a fireworks show beginning at 10 p.m.

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Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at news@washconews.com.

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