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Posted on: June 25, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Ashland Plans 4th of July Celebration

It’s an Independence Day tradition!

The Ashland 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (the Center), will include a walking parade, patriotic concert, lawn games, an apple pie contest and the ever-popular patriotic pet contest. All events will be held on Friday, July 4, 2014.


Ashland’s quirky, non-motorized walking parade is a small-town favorite. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will feature bicycles, basset hounds, a lawn chair brigade, and a few new surprises. The parade follows Hanover Avenue and winds through shady, tree-lined streets toward the Center, 500 S. Center Street. Participants in the walking parade will line up at the Henry Clay-War Memorial Parking lot at 10:15 a.m.


The Hanover Concert Band and the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will perform a rousing patriotic concert and sing-a-long on the lawn of the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic, or purchase food from local vendors on the lawn.

Children’s Games

Watermelon seed spitting and a host of other fun, free games for children will be held on the Center’s lawn.

Apple Pie

What’s more American than Apple Pie? To enter the Apple Pie Contest and win culinary bragging rights, drop off homemade apple pies at the Center between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on July 4. Prizes will be awarded. Winning pies will be auctioned to benefit the Center and its programs.

Patriotic Pets

Think you have the most patriotic pet in the Center of the Universe? Dress or decorate your pet and gather at the corner of S. Center Street and Cox Lane at 11:45 a.m. Pets will be judged and prizes awarded.

For more information, please visit or call 804-798-2728. The Hanover Arts & Activities Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote arts, education and community building.

Hanover Arts & Activities Center
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