Summer is coming, and it’s not too early to start making plans for the Fourth of July. Though Covid put a damper on celebrations in the past two years, this year promises to bring the festivities and fireworks back in style. Plus, this is a milestone year for Shenandoah County as it observes its 250th birthday. Read on for ways to celebrate!
July 1st- July 5th, 2022
Many of our communities have planned events for the Fourth this year. You should also check out the Shenandoah County 250th Commemoration website for the area’s timeline, history, and information about our sponsors. See our Facebook page for announcements, events, and historical photos. You can also discover new ways to enjoy the area by checking out our “Five Things Friday” mini itinerary that will guide you in having a fun-filled afternoon or weekend. Look for unique lodging, hikes and other outdoor activities, fun events, yummy restaurants, and much, much more.
Events and Fireworks
250th Release of Shenandoah County Breweries’ Old Style Ale
Stop by Woodstock Brew House, Box Office Brewery and Swover Creek Farm Brewery for a special batch of an Old Style Ale made to celebrate Shenandoah County’s 250th commemoration. All breweries offer a variety of great food, and craft beer.
You don’t want to miss Bryce Fest 2022. The fun is happening on July 2nd at the Bryce Resort base area. The Hackens Boys, a “high-energy six-piece” band with solid country roots from West Virginia, and Scott Kurt, a country musician who “blends the old school outlaw grit with elements of guitar-driven rock” will appear on stage. Look for fun family activities throughout the day followed by a fantastic fireworks display.
Sip the Day Away
Sip the Day away at a local Winery and Vineyard, Many offering live music, delicious food, and always an amazing view!
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The Town of Strasburg July 4th Celebration & Fireworks offers plenty of fun, dance to live “high-energy swing and blues-based Americana” music by the Valley’s own Judy Chops. Come hungry and eat your fill at the onsite food trucks. Bringing the family? There will be a lot for kids to do including a petting zoo, inflatables, and more.
- 6:30pm -10:00pm
Woodstock’s July 4th fireworks display will light up the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. It offers plenty of parking and is free to all.
New Market’s Independence Day Celebration is happening on July 5th, so you can extend the holiday an extra day! The event will be held at New Market Community Park. Plan to grab dinner at one of the onsite food trucks, but make sure to save room for ice cream. Rock out to live 60s music from Little Walter and the Convictions (6:30-9:30). The family will have a great time playing oversized board games, meeting animals at the petting zoo, and being a canvas for face painting artists. There’s even going to be a dunking booth. Get your Shenandoah County swag at the tent celebrating the county’s 250th birthday. The night will end with a literal blast: fireworks start at 9:20.
- 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Commemorations and Anniversaries
- Shenandoah Caverns (the business) turns 100 this year! The actual caverns, of course, is much, much older. Visit to learn about the geographic history of the Earth and be awed by the beautiful underground formations. See Main Street of Yesteryear, an exhibit of animated department store windows from the 1940s and 1950s. Don’t miss the parade floats at American Celebration on Parade or the antique carriages at The Yellow Barn.
- Route 11 Chips turns 30. It’s grown from a two-person operation to a business that employs nearly 50 people. This local highlight serves up delicious, salty snacks and lets visitors watch the entire chip-creation process from the “fry-viewing” windows in the retail room. Staff can answer all your questions about “the potatoes, the process, and the daily realities of chipland.”
- Family-owned and operated Cave Ridge Vineyard turns 20 this year. This vineyard won the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal and more for its excellent, estate-grown wines. Visit for a tasting and lite fare like charcuterie boxes, hummus and chips, and olives and cheese.