Looking for an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration
June 30, 2014 10:26 AM   Subscribe

When I used to live in Texas, my friends and I used to escape the big city to a small town that held a old-school 4th of July event. The firetruck parade, the town band enthusiastically playing John Phillip Sousa, funnel cakes and cotton candy and a ferris wheel, the whole nine yards. It was awesome. I would love to find something similar near (less than a two hour drive) DC. Thanks everyone!
posted by backwards compatible to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Claude Moore Park in Sterling has their Ol' Time 4th of July Celebration.

Leesburg has a parade in the morning, and 80s concert/fireworks in the evening.
posted by candyland at 10:36 AM on June 30, 2014

Maybe not as big of a deal as you're looking for, but, if you stay in DC, the DC Palisades have a parade and that section of DC is so far off the beaten path that it feels like a small town: http://www.palisadesdc.org/

That said, rural MD, VA, PA, WV and DE are just an hour or less in any particular direction.
posted by Skwirl at 10:37 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

Lititz, PA has a great Fourth celebration. Should be about 2 hours from DC.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:39 AM on June 30, 2014

Havre de Grace, Maryland, is having the whole she-bang, with the big stuff (parade, concert, fireworks) going down on July 5. On the Eastern Shore, Easton offers a carnival, parade, concert and fireworks on the 4th proper.
posted by drlith at 11:01 AM on June 30, 2014

"The historic town of Shepherdstown, WV, will hold its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic on Friday, July 4.

The parade will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. on German Street downtown. It will begin at Church Street and end at Princess Street.

The picnic will be held right afterwards, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., in the pavilion at Morgan's Gove Park just south of town.

Everyone is welcome at both events and admission will be free.

The picnic will feature live music, with the Speakeasy Boys playing from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Gypsy Ramblers playing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m."

This is what you're looking for.
posted by itstheclamsname at 11:04 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Palisades Day Parade lacks a Ferris wheel, but it does have ponies, puppies, loads of bands, dancers, and okay a lot of politicians. We went to it growing up and even volunteered for it and it is about as charming as you could want. There used to be hot dogs and watermelon afterwards, and even some Shriners.
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:09 PM on June 30, 2014

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