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Style · June 28, 2017

Best Bets: Great Meadow, Warrenton fireworks

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Great Meadow will shoot off a 30-minute firework’s display at its Independence Day celebration Saturday.
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A free patriotic celebration at the WARF in Warrenton includes helicopters, fireworks and games Friday night.
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The 98th annual Warrenton Pony Show begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.
Patriotic celebrations flood this weekend’s top entertainment options in Fauquier.

Warrenton Town Limits, a free, family celebration at the WARF kicks off the weekend on Friday with fireworks, skydiving, food trucks, and children’s activities.

Great Meadow’s popular fireworks event takes place Saturday.

Other options for the weekend before the Fourth of July include the 98th annual Warrenton Pony Show and crafts at all three library branches.

The traditional Fourth of July Children and Pet Parade will take place on Independence Day.

Warrenton Pony Show
8 a.m. Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2
60 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton

The oldest pony show in America opens for the 98th year on Wednesday, June 28 and continues into the weekend. Organized by about 50 teens, the five-day show features several equestrian events and a silent auction to benefit the Fauquier SPCA. Held at the Warrenton Horse Show grounds. Free for spectators.

Warrenton Town Limits
4 p.m. Friday, June 30
800 Waterloo Road, Warrenton

The third annual Warrenton Town Limits, a patriotic community event takes place at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility. Family-friendly activities include music, food trucks, helicopters, dancing, contests, open swim and fitness classes and a skydiver. The event culminates with a huge fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Free.

Celebrate America at the library
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1
John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton; Bealeton branch, 10877 Willow Drive North, Bealeton; Marshall branch, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall

Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade can make patriotic crafts and learn about famous American inventors at all three Fauquier County Library branches. Free.

Great Meadow Independence celebration
4 p.m. Saturday, July 1
5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains

Great Meadow hosts its extremely popular Independence celebration the weekend before the Fourth of July. This family friendly event features a rock wall, pony rides, rocketry, helicopters, bouncy castles, polo club exhibit, music, food, vendors and other activities. A 30-minute fireworks show set to music begins at dusk. Admission: $35 in advance at Wegmans in Gainesville or $40 cash at the gate.

Fourth of July Children and Pet Parade
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4
Main Street, Warrenton

The annual Independence Day parade down Warrenton’s Main Street features children and pets dressed in patriotic attire. Participants are invited to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons, big wheels and strollers. Parade line up begins at 9:30 a.m. on 5th and Main Street near Great Harvest. Uncle Sam will greet citizens on the Courthouse steps following the parade. Free flags, balloons, dog treats and popsicles. Sponsored by the Warrenton Civitians Club and Families4Fauquier. Free.

Other options in and around Fauquier:

> Kids Day at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market

> The Flying Circus Airshow

> Free sketching session in Middleburg

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