The Town of Stanardsville and the Stanardsville Independence Day Committee (SIDC) jointly announced Friday that the annual Red, White, Blue ‘n Greene (RWBnG) Independence Day Celebration will return this year with some modifications. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, July 4th when our community takes a large step forward towards a sense of normalcy as we celebrate our shared American identity.
The town’s Independence Day Parade will run its traditional route down Main Street in Stanardsville starting at 5 PM on Sunday, July 4th. Guests and visitors are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing. Roads will be shut down at 4:30 PM to facilitate the parade and will remain closed until the parade ends. Bishop Jackson has been named this year’s Grand Marshal in recognition of his years of service to the community. Please consider bringing bells, whistles and American flags to cheer on our Grand Marshal, first responders, veterans, teachers, and local businesses as they pass by on the streets of our small town.
Thanks to the generosity of M & M Salvage, guests are invited to continue the fun after the parade as the RWBnG moves our annual celebration to Morris Field. Located at 13510 Spotswood Trail in Ruckersville, Morris Field lies across Route 33 from Ruckersville Elementary School and is the site of the annual Live Stock Show. There, from 6-10 PM, guests may enjoy a host of food and drink offerings from local food trucks, music featuring Lydia Station opening for Groove Train, bounce attractions, face painting, games and rides on the Stanardsville Express barrel train. The night will conclude with the Capitol Sheds Community Fireworks Display. Masks and observation of social distancing are required. Admission to the event is free. Donations are gladly accepted. A 50/50 raffle will be held onsite the day of the event with proceeds going to support the SIDC to aid in funding future events. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the information tent.
The gracious support of M & M Salvage will also allow Capitol Sheds to safely grow their Community Fireworks Display—already one of the largest in central Virginia. “Guests should anticipate, weather permitting, that this year’s show will be the best yet!” says SIDC Chair, Michael Payne. “Much care and thought are going into the planning for the guest experience with a focus on safety.”
“We are excited to welcome guests back to the Red, White, Blue ‘n Greene. As a nation and as a community we have all been through the ringer the last year. It feels good to be moving towards normalcy and to be coming together again as a community,” says Stanardsville Mayor, Gary Lowe.
Anyone seeking additional information, wishing to enter a float or participate as a vendor, or desiring to contribute as a volunteer, donor or sponsor is encouraged to reach out to the SIDC via Facebook (www.FB.com/RWBnG) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). As is SIDC tradition, vetted charitable organizations seeking space to fundraise or raise awareness are offered free space to do so. The deadline for submission of entries is 12 Noon on Friday, June 25th. A map of the new event location is included below.