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TOL PR 2016-06-17 4th of July celebration Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Celebrate the 4th of July Hometown Style in Leesburg Festivities will begin with downtown parade at 10am, followed by concert and fireworks show at Ida Lee Park beginning at 6pm. Leesburg, VA (June 17, 2016) – The Town of Leesburg will host its 26th annual Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4, 2016. Start the holiday by showing your patriotic spirit at the annual Independence Day Parade, held through Historic Downtown Leesburg beginning at 10am. The parade will start at Ida Lee Park, travel down King Street and conclude at Fairfax Street. Put on your patriotic best and join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the birthday of the United States! This year’s parade will also feature the 8th Annual Patriot’s Cup Competition, sponsored by Loudoun Now. This award will go to the best parade entry. The winner’s name will be engraved on the Patriot Cup and displayed in the Town Hall trophy case on the second floor. Prior to the parade, the American Originals Fife and Drum Corps will perform at the intersection of King and Market streets. Sponsored by Toth Financial, this traditional military-style music group adds a patriotic sound to the parade and is a favorite among parade viewers. Plan to arrive downtown by 9:45am to hear the fife and drums before the parade kicks off. If you are interested in participating in the parade, entry is free! Please contact Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (703-777-1368) for an application or visit www.idalee.org for an online TOL PR 2015-06-17 Independence Day celebration Page 2 version. King Street will close to through-traffic at 9:30am in preparation for the parade. Downtown streets will re-open at approximately 11:30am. The celebration kicks into high gear at 6:00pm when the gates open at Ida Lee Park. Be sure to arrive early and grab a spot on the lawn for a full night of fun, food and great music . A concert by the cover band Blue Label will begin at 6:30pm. A full food court will be onsite with funnel cakes, shaved ice, hot dogs and other goodies. The biggest bang of the evening begins at 9:30pm when the largest fireworks show in the region will light up the sky. Choreographed to patriotic music, this light show is not to be missed. Parking is available at the interior lots off Ida Lee Drive, and the festival field parking off King Street. The Town of Leesburg staff will work hard to insure that as many vehicles as possible are parked in the park, so attendees are asked to be patient while waiting to enter and exit. The Town also reminds our guests to use designated cross walks. Leesburg Fire and Rescue Volunteers will be on site to provide medical assistance if needed. Coolers and large bags are permitted but will be checked at gate entrances. Pets, alcohol, glass bottles and personal fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted. In the event of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for July 5th at 9:30pm. No other activities will be rescheduled. Please check the Town of Leesburg Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LeesburgVirginia) and Twitter account (@TownofLeesburg) for weather updates. # # #