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Luray fireworks to be held Monday night

Page News and Courier

LURAY — The sky will be illuminated by fireworks Monday night, as the town holds its annual Fourth of July celebration.

"The fireworks kick off around 9:30 p.m. or whenever it gets dark," said Morgan Housden, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director. "It's spectacular — we spend a pretty penny on the fireworks and it is definitely worth staying around for."

Events for children will be held at the Hawksbill Greenway, by the Mechanic Street bridge. There will be bounce houses, a rock wall, face painting, rubber duck races and more. The cost of a wristband for all-day access is $8.

"It's probably one of our most popular events, right up there with Halloween and the Festival of Spring," Housden said. "People from the surrounding counties come to watch our fireworks."

There will be live music from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by School of Rock, a group of child musicians from Sterling, Fairfax and Louden counties.

"We've never had anything like this before," Housden said. "They're very cool."

The event is always held on July 4, no matter what day that falls on, a tradition going back more than a decade. This year's event will be on a Monday.

"We expect 3,000-plus people," Housden said. "It is always very packed there. We see people setting up chairs and blankets around 9 a.m. to get the best spot for the fireworks."

Beginning at 2 p.m., Mechanic Street will be closed to drivers from the bridge to U.S. Route 340.



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