Danville Parks and Recreation’s annual Fourth of July Celebration is set to kick off on Independence Day with the Patriot Challenge Trail Run and finish up, as always, with the fireworks display. Here’s what you can expect:

Patriot Challenge

The trail run will begin at 8 a.m. at Anglers Park and will feature a 5K, 10K and Children’s Fun Run followed by an ice cream social. The race will be held on the Anglers Ridge Mountain Bike Trail system. Online registration ended July 1. The cost is $30 per runner for both races; the first 75 who register received an official Patriot Challenge beach towel. Registration goes up $10 the day of the race (cash only).

July 4 Celebration at the Crossing

The gates of the Carrington Pavilion will open at 6 p.m. for an evening of activities and entertainment including a concert, children’s activities, rides and vendors.

Admission is free; however, there will be food vendors on site.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 6 p.m.: Gates open
  • 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.: Captain Jim’s Magic Show
  • 7 p.m.: Lapin Strings recital
  • 7:45 p.m.: Opening remarks by Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones
  • 7:50 p.m.: Danville Symphony Orchestra
  • Dusk: Fireworks display (weather permitting)

Fireworks

The fireworks display is slated for dusk, weather permitting.

As they were last year, fireworks will be launched from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge (Main Street Bridge). The southbound lane (closest to Danville Family YMCA) will close at 1 p.m. The northbound lane will close at 8 p.m.

Motorists can access the Crossing at the Dan and River District via Union Street Bridge and/or Industrial Avenue off of Danville Expressway and are asked to obey all traffic signs.

The train trestle pedestrian bridge at the Crossing will close at 9 p.m.

Dogs should be left at home for their safety and the safety of others.

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