Join the fun of July 4th and related Independence Day fireworks displays and celebrations throughout the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

There are multiple days of fireworks shows, patriotic events, and family friendly festivals, carnivals, and fairs that are great for a summer vacation.

The following is a guide to 4th of July fireworks events and other celebrations for 2019 in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Independence Day Festival in Rocky Mount

Location: Franklin County High School
Date: July 3
Admission: Free
The 36th annual Independence Day Festival will be held at the football field at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount. There will be live music, food, inflatables and various children’s activities, and fireworks will begin at dark.
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Fourth of July Firework Celebration

Location: Mountain Lake Lodge
Date: July 3
Admission: Free
Pack the picnic blankets and lawn chairs and get a spot on the lawn for the fireworks at Mountain Lake Lodge. There will be a BBQ from 5:30 to 9:00 and dinner is $10 per plate, as well as $2 per non-alcoholic drinks and $4 per dessert. Enjoy live music by The Bluegrass Kinsmen from 6:00 to 9:00. The fireworks will start at dark.
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Roanoke’s Fireworks on the Fourth - UPDATE: Rescheduled to July 5

Location: River’s Edge Sports Complex
Date: July 4 - rescheduled to July 5 due to weather
Admission: Free
The City of Roanoke hosts this popular annual celebration with a huge fireworks show at the River’s Edge Sports Complex. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with live music, kids activities, and food trucks, and the fireworks show goes from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. Onsite parking will be limited so please consider walking, biking, or utilizing the free shuttle service provided by Valley Metro from Patrick Henry High School.
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Salem Fair - Salem, Virginia

Fireworks at Salem Fair

Location: Salem Civic Center
Date: July 4
Admission: Free
As Virginia’s largest fair and an event that has been named one of the top 100 fairs and expositions in the country, the Salem Fair is a great spot to watch fireworks on the 4th of July. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and the fireworks begin at approximately 9:30.
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American National Bank’s Four on the 4th presented by Fleet Feet

Location: Wells Fargo Plaza - Downtown Roanoke
Date: July 4
Admission: Race fees vary
Put on your red, white, and blue and begin the 4th of July by taking part in this patriotic 4 mile run around Downtown Roanoke. There are running and walking options, as well as a free kids fun run, and each participant will receive a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
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Big Lick Independence Day Celebration

Location: Big Lick Brewing Company
Date: July 4
Admission: Free
Spend the afternoon celebrating the 4th of July at Big Lick Brewing Company, which will feature delicious food served by Mama Jean’s Barbecue and live music from 1:30 to 4:30 by Blue Mule. It’s a party for all things red, white, and brew!
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Fourth of July Party!

Location: Corned Beef & Co.
Date: July 4
Admission: Free
Corned Beef & Co. in Downtown Roanoke will be celebrating the holiday with a party on its rooftop patio and a special cookout platter with hot dogs, baked beans, fries, and coleslaw for $8.99, as well as other summer favorites on the menu. There will also be red, white, & blue frozen drinks, live music, and a contest for the person with the most patriotic attire.
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Buchanan Community Carnival - Fireworks

Fireworks at Buchanan Community Carnival & Buchanan 4th of July Parade

Location: Buchanan Town Park
Date: July 4
Admission: Free
The Buchanan Community Carnival is a quintessential small town summer experience, particularly on the 4th of July! The town’s Independence Day festivities include a chicken BBQ at 11:00 a.m., a patriotic parade on Main Street at 5:00 p.m., the carnival opens its gates at 6:00 p.m., and the fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. There will also be a second fireworks display on Saturday, July 6, at 10:00 p.m.
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Independence Day Celebration

Location: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Date: July 4
Admission: Ages 16 & Over - $10 | Ages 15 & Under - Free
This July 4th marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which was written by Thomas Jefferson. What better place to celebrate than at Jefferson’s Poplar Forest private retreat?! There will be a variety of special activities, including a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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Vinton Fourth of July Celebration

Location: Vinton War Memorial
Date: July 4
Admission: Free
Take part in the Town of Vinton’s 4th of July celebration by grabbing a spot on the lawn at the Vinton War Memorial and spending the evening in a beautiful setting. There will be live music by local band Low Low Chariot, food & drinks from popular vendors such as Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Texas Tavern, and Duck Donuts, and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
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No matter where you celebrate the 4th of July, we hope you have an enjoyable and safe time with friends and family. Tag us in your adventures on social media and remember to use the #Trailsetter hashtag!

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