Independence Day in Kalper is of special significance as some of the country’s original freedom fighters, the minutemen who set out to fight the British, have come from these areas. The 246th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America is celebrated on a large scale for the Independence Day weekend.

See what’s happening here:

  • Fireworks in Orange
    • : Gates open at 6 p.m. at Booster Park, adjacent to the airport, on Route 20 for the annual Plain in the Park Celebration. Live music, touch-a-truck, food vendors and fireworks in the dark. Picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, leashed pets are welcome. No alcohol. Free, parking donation to support OCHS football.
  • Friday the 1st
    • : Start the weekend at the National Pin Code Day event at 4-9 p.m. at Depot in All-American Downtown Kalper. Specialties from The Tiny Tiny Farm Painting Zoo and many stores, including pony rides, live music and Sandy’s face painting.

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  • Wrangler Campout
    • : Warcraft Brewery in Rapiden is celebrating Independence Day weekend with its own version of summer camp. Jeepers can bring and show off their overlanding setup, trade and sell old gear.
  • Army fundraiser
    • : Bald Top Brewery in Madison County is hosting an Independence Day celebration. Gates opens at noon to help fund Madison American Legion High School Scholarships, free admission, live music and evening fireworks.
  • City of Culpepper Party
    • : Fun begins at 8 a.m. Freedom 5K from the parking lot at Kalper Baptist Church on West Street; Go to Yovel Meadow Park for a variety of family activities – kids kayaking on the lake (10-2); Food and various vendors (11-8); A patriotic presentation at the Charters of Freedom in Yovel Meadow with a flyover of the Capitol Wing at 1 p.m. 1-7:30 at Moon Bounce, Rock Wall and Heralds Park and live music by Moe Safren and Friends at 4:30 p.m.
  • Hot rod on display
    • : The Freedom Car and Bike Show, a Christ-centered Addiction Restoration Service or fundraiser for CARS, will be held on East Davis Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring an amazing display of classic cars and bikes.
  • Brick open house
  • : Fairfax Lodge No. 43 AF & AM, Upstairs at 209 E. Davis St. in Culpeper, hosting an open house with free cold water, hot dogs and popsicles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People have been invited to learn more about the historical institution that has been a part of Kalpaper history since 1794.

  • Public reading of the Declaration of Independence
    • : 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., on the steps of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop in Fredericksburg. Free and open to the public.
  • Fourth of July story time
    • : 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the lawn of Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg. The interpreter, originally dressed as George Washington’s brother’s native, will read children’s books on the American Revolution. Free and open to the public. Tavern tours are available for free.
  • Feather-n-things shindig
    • : Join the Beer Hound Brewery next door to the depot, for an all-American observance of grilling wings and other things, including Uncle Andy’s amazing sauce and chicken nuggets for lilies.
  • 4th at Great Meadows
    • : Gates open at 5pm at the Fokwer County Horse Racing venue, with prizes for the most creative individuals: corn hole toss, sack race, face painting, tug-of-war, games, entertainment, polo exhibitions, and hat and tailgate competitions. Welcome to the site picnic in the evening with a display of fantastic fireworks, food truck and beer garden. Admission fee. Rain or shine. No pets.
  • Pyrotechnics
    • : End the day with fireworks from Rockwater Park starting at 9:15 pm; There is no public view in the park, which will close at 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks display and celebration
    • : Culpeper United Methodist Church, beyond Rockwater Park, will welcome the fireworks audience as it welcomes its new pastor. The church event will run from 4-10 p.m., with corn holes, gaga balls, music, volleyball, face painting, free hotdogs, water and popsicles.

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