As June ends and July beckons, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the next month in Central Virginia. Here are 10 reasons to be excited about the month of July.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our new country free from Great Britain’s rule, according to History.com.
We celebrate our country’s freedom each year on July 4 from sea to shining sea. On the Fourth of July, head to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and spend the day learning about our country’s history and heritage.
There will be music, dancing, historical entertainment, games and storytelling. Be sure to stay for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. You can even sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence, adding your name to history.
There are always fireworks on the Fourth of July. Enjoy fireworks after the Hillcats game, head to Lexington for their Fourth of July celebration or travel to Roanoke for Music for Americans.
The annual event will be held at River’s Edge Sports Complex. The gates open at 5 p.m. with family fun for all ages. Bring a picnic or purchase food from vendors.
At 8 p.m., there will be a concert with The Domino Band, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks don’t end on the Fourth of July.
Fireworks will be set off following Friday Cheers on July 5 in Lynchburg. There will also be fireworks after all of the Hillcats’ Saturday night games, including the game on July 6.
Enjoy fireworks throughout the month of July. If you’re at Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach, fireworks take place every weekend.
If you’ll be in Williamsburg during July, check out IllumiNights at Busch Gardens. Every night from July 1 to Aug. 11, there will be live concerts at the park, followed by a fireworks show.
July is National Park and Recreation Month across the country, celebrated since 1985. It’s always a good park day in Lynchburg, where our parks are second to none.
Riverside Park has risen in popularity with the addition of the Sprayground water park a couple of years ago. Last year, the Play Core playground was built beside Sprayground.
Bring a picnic lunch or plan a birthday party at Riverside Park. Go hiking or biking on the James River Heritage Trail System and see the quiet side of Lynchburg.
July is also National Ice Cream Month. On the third Sunday of July, we will celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Ice cream is a fun and healthy food for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Visit one of the area’s ice cream or frozen yogurt shops to celebrate, get an ice cream treat from the ice cream truck or fill your freezer with treats from the grocery store.
Enjoy Christmas in July at retailers in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association has posters up all at local businesses and many local retailers will offer specials all month.
The 100 Mile Challenge returns to Lynchburg in July. Log in, sign up and run or walk 100 miles between July 1 and Sept. 27.
The Salem Fair returns to the area on July 3. Admission is free, there are rides, activities and live music and there are lots of special promotion nights from July 3-14.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the Salem Fair. Add the Salem Fair to your July calendar for great family-friendly entertainment.
Head to DeVault Family Vineyards for their third annual Watermelon Festival. This year, the festival will last two days on July 6-7.
Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and great Virginia wines at the Watermelon Festival. This year’s Watermelon Festival benefits Celia Kirkland, an area mom who is fighting breast cancer.
The Peaks of Otter reopens under new management on July 15. The Peaks of Otter Lodge is one of the area’s most scenic places to stay.
Travelers have been visiting the twin Peaks of Otter, Sharp Top Mountain and Flat Top Mountain, for more than 8,000 years.
The National Parks Service developed many service and recreational areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1900s.
Abbott Lake was built and the Peaks of Otter Lodge opened in 1964. After the previous management ended their contract with the National Parks Service last year, the Peaks of Otter Lodge, gift shop and restaurant were shuttered.
Enjoy a day at the Peaks during July. Hike around Abbot Lake, take a Sharp Top bus tour or enjoy the restaurant.
Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July each year to honor parents for the role they play in their children’s lives. This year, Parents’ Day will be celebrated on July 28.
Plan a special gathering or dinner to celebrate Parents’ Day as a family. July will bring summer camps, family vacations, fireworks and lots of fun. Enjoy the wonderful month of July.