Celebrations Will Redraw Downtown Traffic Patterns
Posted: July 3, 2013
By ALEX ROHR
HARRISONBURG — Independence Day observances will close much of downtown Harrisonburg Thursday and also will affect refuse collection in Rockingham County towns.
The city’s Valley Fourth festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and conclude about 9:45 p.m.
City officials are advising motorists to consider alternate routes during these times. Street closures will occur throughout the day as follows:
Court Square: Between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., access will be given to festival vendors only.
Valley Fourth Run: Both lanes of South Main Street will be closed from Grattan Street to Elizabeth Street from 8:30 to 11 a.m. From Elizabeth to Gay Street, only the left lane will be closed. The left lane of Liberty Street also will be closed during this time.
Main Street: After the Valley Fourth Run, both lanes of South Main Street will remain closed from Grattan Street to Elizabeth Street from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parade Closures: The South Main Street closure will extend from Grattan Street to Gay Street for the Valley Fourth parade from 6 to 7 p.m. Main Street will reopen following the parade, at about 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks Closures: Liberty Street will be closed from 9:15 to 10 p.m. for the fireworks finale.
The celebration will include the first Grillin’ at the Pavilion Cook-Off from noon to 8:30 p.m. Attendees can buy tickets at Turner Pavilion, located across from the Daily News-Record building on South Liberty Street, from 2 to 4 p.m. to taste test for the people’s choice competition.
From 4 to 9:30 p.m. people can attend Beers N’ Cheers in the grassy lot next to Turner Pavilion for craft beers and local wines by Bluestone Vineyard accompanied by music from the Hackensaw Boys and Love Cannon.
For a complete listing of Valley Fourth events visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org/v.php?pg=273.
Also, all government offices will be closed Thursday, and the following localities have adjusted trash and recycling collection because of the holiday.
Harrisonburg: Refuse normally collected on Thursday will be collected Friday. The city asks residents to hold recycling until July 11.
Bridgewater: Recycling will not be collected Thursday. Residents are asked to hold recycling until July 11.
Dayton: Refuse normally collected Thursday will be picked up Saturday.
Grottoes: Trash normally collected Thursday will be collected today.