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    Loudoun celebrates the Fourth of July

    Loudoun is a community rich in history, heritage and traditions, going back to the birth of our nation in the 1700's. Perhaps that is why the Fourth of July has always seemed to be a holiday that carries a strong significance with people throughout our area.

    As a result, there is never a shortage of fun activities for couples and families from one end of our county to the other, with something for just about everyone over the three- day weekend no matter where you live.

    Here are some suggestions for how to commemorate the birth of America in our own backyard:

    Thursday, July 3

    Lovettsville Independence Day Celebration. 6 p.m. parade, 6:45 p.m. pool party and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Parade begins at Lovettsville Community Park, Milltown Road and ends at Lovettsville Elementary School. 540-822-5284.

    Food 4 the 4th. 1st Annual Food Drive being held by the Girl Scouts. Donations will be collected during the Lovettsville Independence Day Celebration. Facebook.com/food4the4th.

    Friday, July 4

    Town of Leesburg Parade. 10 a.m. Parade begins at Ida Lee Park and continues down King Street through the historic downtown area. 6 p.m. celebration continues at Ida Lee Park. Fireworks after sunset. Idalee.org.

    Town of Purcellville Parade. 12:30 p.m. Starts at Emerick Elementary School. Purcellvilleva.gov.

    George C. Marshall International Center Independence Day Ice Cream Social. 10:30 a.m. 312 E. Market St., Leesburg.

    Ol’ Time 4th of July Celebration. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages. $5 ages 5 and up; Free for ages 4 and under. Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July with pony and wagon rides, music, crafts, nature exhibits and more. Food available for purchase. Use Loudoun Park Lane entrance. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling. 571-258-3700.

    Fourth of July Celebration at Franklin Park. 6 p.m. Featuring The Crawdaddies, Red White and Blue and the Loudoun Symphonic Winds. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. $5 per carload. Franklin Park Performing Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Franklinparkartscenter.org.

    Independence Day Celebration at Great Meadow. Gates open 4 p.m. laser tag, rock wall climbing, pony rides, moon bounces, cake walk and rain machine. Polo exhibitions, tail gating and more. Great Meadow, The Plains. For tickets visit Greatmeadow.org.

    Middleburg 4th of July Celebration. 6 p.m. Parade, food, games, music and more. Meet at Middleburg Library for parade line-up. Fireworks begin at dark.

    Saturday, July 5

    Independence Day Celebration at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School. 6 p.m. 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro.

    Lansdowne Celebrates America party. 6:30 p.m. Free with fireworks. At intermission of the concert, the resort plans an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Simultaneous Group Selfie,’ a mark that currently stands at 1,000 people. 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg. 877-509-8400.

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