Between its parade and fireworks at Franklin Park, Purcellville is going all out for Independence Day.
“Except for the Mall in D.C., it’s kind of hard to find places where you get live music playing through the fireworks,” said Elizabeth Bracey, manager of Franklin Park Arts Center.
Purcellville’s parade starts at 12:30 p.m. with a theme of “Purcellville Celebrates America” and will wind through Main Street and downtown.
Franklin Park begins its 15th Independence Day Event at 5 p.m. in the events field with a roster of local musicians.
First up are the Red, White and Blues, a local blues group that appropriately was formed on a July 4th. Playing two sets will be The Reagan Years, a popular regional band that plays 80s hits. The Franklin Park Big Band will be playing patriotic swing music, and during the fireworks themselves, the Loudoun Symphonic Winds will perform.
The 20-minute firework show shot off by the Arts Center building provides an up-close display.
“They look so huge in the sky,” Bracey said. “I think it’s a really amazing fireworks display.”
While the music is a highlight, Bracey said, it isn’t all of the fun.
Franklin Park will set up a variety of games, including a moon bounce, inflatable obstacle course and cornhole, as well as glitter tattoos and a balloon artist. Five to six food trucks will also be on hand.
Families often bring games, picnics and tents so they can enjoy the evening outdoors. The only things Franklin Park asks visitors to keep at home are alcohol and personal fireworks, including sparklers.
“It’s just a really nice atmosphere,” Bracey said. “It’s really laid back.”
The cost for the Franklin Park event is $10 per carload. In the case of rain, visitors can check the Franklin Park Facebook page for announcements.