If you didn’t get enough fireworks and festivities on the Fourth of July, there’s more to be had this weekend at Central Virginia activities.
Although the area was affected by heavy rain for the Fourth of July, most scheduled events were held as planned with a few changes.
Crowds came out for parades, celebrations, fireworks and family fun across Central Virginia. Thursday morning’s rain didn’t deter those attending the annual Fourth of July parade in Concord.
Head to DeVault Family Vineyards in Concord this weekend for family fun. The Watermelon Wine Festival will be a two-day event.
This family-friendly festival features bounce houses, a water slide and many activities for the kids. The adults can enjoy live music, a cornhole tournament, wine tastings and much more.
There will be festival foods and arts and craft vendors on site as well as ice-cold watermelons. Festival hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Nearly 6,000 fans attended the Lynchburg Hillcats game, a Lynchburg Fourth of July tradition. Although the Hillcats lost by a score of 8-3, the fans enjoyed the fireworks after the game.
Fireworks will light up the skies in Lynchburg on Friday night at Friday Cheers, held at Riverfront Park in downtown Lynchburg.
Friday Cheers begins at 5:30 p.m. and features live music, food and fun for all. The fireworks show begins at dark.
The Hillcats will be at home on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Fireworks will follow Saturday night’s game.
First Friday festivities will be held in downtown Lynchburg this weekend. Enjoy after-hours museum admissions at many of the area’s art museums and galleries.
There will be free admission from 5-8 p.m. at Lynchburg Museum for First Friday and the art trolley will run to transport visitors between museums and galleries.
One of the area’s most historic colleges was the site of a big Fourth of July celebration on Thursday. Music, food and fun was enjoyed by thousands at Virginia Military Institute.
VMI hosted the 17th Annual Balloon Rally and Fourth of July Celebration on Thursday. The parade grounds were filled with people and vendors lined the streets.
The rain and winds kept the hot air balloons from launching; however, one of the balloons was inflated to the crowd’s delight on Thursday evening.
The fun continues with hot air balloon rides on Friday and Saturday. Hot air balloon rides move off-campus after Friday’s 6 a.m. launch.
Come to Lexington Baptist Church, 75 Old Farm Road, Friday at 6 p.m. or Saturday at 6 a.m. to watch the hot air balloons take to the skies.
Many families will enjoy the weekend at Smith Mountain Lake. You can join in the summer fun at the lake with swimming at the beach, boat rentals and more.
Farmers Markets will be open for business in downtown Lynchburg and Forest on Saturday. You can catch up with old friends or make new friends while you pick up farm-fresh local produce, meats and more for the weekend.
It’s National Picnic Month during July so pick up a few extra items and plan a Sunday afternoon picnic at one of the area’s parks.
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It’s going to be a great weekend for Central Virginia activities. Head out and enjoy some family fun this weekend close to home.