‘Downtown Get Down’ highlights the 4th in Luray with activities and fireworks

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, July 2 — Food, festivities and fireworks will ring throughout Luray this Sunday when the long-awaited “Downtown Get Down” celebrates the 4th of July from 5 to 9 p.m. with two performance stages, games and special deals all throughout Downtown Luray.

“We’re going to have a lot going on,” said Jackie Elliott, program director for the Luray Downtown Initiative. The Town of Luray’s Recreation Department is partnering with LDI and Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA) to bring hundreds to the downtown area for a wide variety of music and activities for children.

Musical performances by The Hasty Brothers and Tommy Lepson & the Bad Dawgs will be featured at the Ruffner Plaza stage from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., respectively. Josh Davidson and Big City Band will provide the musical entertainment at the Mechanic Street stage along the same schedule.

Performing Arts Luray will also be offering live music at their Party on the Plaza, with Thundergun hitting the stage on the patio at 6:30 p.m.

At both Ruffner Plaza and the Mechanic Street lot, expect to see plenty for both kids and adults alike to do, with inflatables, lawn games (including Giant Jenga), corn hole, live music and food vendors. A duck race along the Hawksbill Creek is being sponsored by PACA at 8 p.m. with prizes awarded of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third. Ducks may be purchased for the following: one for $2, three for $5, seven for $10, or 15 for $20.

The food offerings among six vendors will include two styles of BBQ from Broke Down BBQ and The Grill Sergeant’s Smoke Pit, Mexican options from Rancho Viejo, crabcake sandwiches, crape donuts, Mindi’s Soft Serve and Salsa, and Bayou Kitchen.

Downtown Star-Spangled Shopping and Dining specials will be offered throughout the downtown area on meals, goods and services at participating businesses.

“Come early and stay late,” the LDI director recommends.

Fireworks will be launched from the Page Valley Fairgrounds again this year beginning around 9:15 p.m. Most of Luray should have a decent view of the fireworks, but there is limited parking at the fairgrounds through Gate 1 off Fairlane Drive (at the DMV).

“Please come and celebrate the 4th of July with us,” Elliott said. “Bring the family, there’s going to be plenty of food, fun and entertainment.

“It’s going to be a great day to get out with the family in Luray.”

For other Downtown Luray activities check out the LDI Facebook page.



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