July 4th is great for picnics, parades, and the summer tradition of music festivals. The Valley has water fun attractions to zip-line adventures to golf to endless hiking trails. What is fun about traveling in the valley is combining more than one attraction based on your interest. Here are two itinerary plans for the 4th.
Itinerary Plan – Route 11 Shenandoah Valley:
Take Route 7 or Route 50 and head down Interstate 81 or take the scenic Route 11. Lunch could be at in The Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia just off of Route 50 or for a lunch experience at a U Pick farm try MacKintosh Fruit Farm in Winchester, Virginia serving lunch every day. The grilled asparagus panini is excellent. Then in less then 15 – 30 minutes depending on where you had lunch, you can be at the Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions. One of the best kept secrets on the Kid’s Bucket List of experiences, American Celebration on Parade is one of three family attractions at Shenandoah Caverns. The museum will fascinate the young and old housing some of the largest floats that have ever been built. Seeing US history through the world of parade floats and other special event decor memorabilia is a unique experience.
This fourth of July week spotlights two summer festivals in the valley. The first on July 3rd is Massanutten Resort’s Summer Jam. Bands range from Sons of Pirates, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, Rollerblades, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Check out the schedule and get your tickets here. The festival will culminate with fireworks. Start the day early at Massanutten Resort’s Waterpark. Open to anyone. You do not need to be staying overnight at the resort to enjoy the fun.
Bryce Resort celebrates the 4th all week including their signature festival Bryce Fest on July 6th. This year the resort has several surprises for its visitors. Activities include a beach for enjoying the water and sun, golf course, tubing, grass skiing, and a newly improved Zipline (reservations required). Having put in a quad chair lift, the resort will open its new Mountain Bike Park the last week of June week. Be one of the first on the Trail. Bryce Fest has something for everyone and again will culminate the night with fireworks.
Itinerary Plan – WV Route 340
If West Virginia is your destination, then head out Interstate 70 or the Dulles Toll Road to Route 340. This West Virginia region is rich in history, lots of fun water adventure, great food, wineries and more. There is no better time to visit the Harpers Ferry National Park or Antietam National Park than over the 4th.
Plan on having lunch at Grandale Restaurant just outside of Hillsboro, Virginia. Located on the grounds of 868 Estate Vineyards, Grandale Restaurant follows the local food resourcing offering savory fare to its visitors.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center has its operations where VA, WV, and MD meet with the merging of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. On top of the ridge overlooking Maryland and Loudoun Heights, HF’s new facility, The Mountain, is composed of 58.8 amazing acres including river frontage on the Potomac River and amazing views of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. HF offers every kind of water adventure from tubing to rafting, to canoeing. There are hiking trails and cabins to rent.
For a small town parade and festival celebration, visit Shepherdstown on the 4th. Kids will be given a fireman’s hat and candy will be thrown from the floats. The festival culminates in Rumsey Park with music, children activities and just small hometown fun.
Theaters goers, the 23rd season kicks off on July 5th for the American Contemporary Theater Festival in Shepherdstown. The season includes five plays with matinees and evening performances. Get your tickets early since many of the plays will sell out. “Adventurous Festival” – New York Times. “For 20 years, brand new plays have found a home – and a loyal audience – in West Virginia’s oldest town. The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University is a dream for the writers of those plays.” – Elizabeth Blair – Morning Edition National Public Radio.
So pack your bags, make your reservations or take your chances on finding the lodging of your choice. It is easy to have a fun adventure here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Remember you can always use Go Blue Ridge Travel.com as your travel guide.