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4th of July in Harpers Ferry: How to Celebrate (2024)

Ah, Independence Day — time to break out the sparklers, fire up the grill, and find the best and brightest fireworks show near you. In Harpers Ferry, 4th of July traditions may look a bit different from what you’re used to, but they’re no less exciting. Check out some ideas for summer in Harpers Ferry to make the most of your visit!

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday. Certain holiday festivities start up to a week ahead of time, so even if you can’t be here right on the 4th itself, you’ll still have plenty of time to experience local holiday traditions.

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If you’re planning to spend the 4th of July here, we’re sharing how to celebrate the holiday in Harpers Ferry. We’ve included a few bonus celebrations in nearby towns, too.

Of course, you can also celebrate the holiday at a Mountain Mama Cabins rental. Make sure to book soon, as reservations for this time of year can be high in demand.

Harpers Ferry Fourth of July Traditions

Fireworks shows are pretty much synonymous with July 4th celebrations, and the surrounding areas of Harpers Ferry won’t disappoint. Here are a few places to catch a pyrotechnics show.

Gazebo Park Celebration

Every summer, the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club transforms Harpers Ferry’s Gazebo Park into Independence Day central, with red, white, and blue decor everywhere you look and a little live music. The Rohrersville Cornet Band has played here live every 4th of July for the past several decades, performing a set of patriotic tunes for audiences. Volunteers grill hot dogs and serve up other 4th of July fare for guests.

Celebrate America! Afternoon Tea

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Over in Charles Town, you can celebrate America’s independence by sitting down to afternoon tea. But there’s a bit of a twist: Charles Town’s historic downtown parlor will serve a thoroughly American menu, with teas from American companies accompanying locally made sweets and sandwiches. A certified tea expert will walk you through the history of afternoon tea as you eat and sip. Who said the 4th of July was all about hot dogs and hamburgers?

Purcellville’s Independence Day Parade

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Purcellville, Virginia’s Independence Day Parade will roll through town around mid-day on July 4. Parade participants are encouraged to stick to a theme, which changes from year to year, and visitors from all over Loudon County come by to cheer on the parade and recognize members of the local community. Businesses, organizations, and everyday residents join in every year, fostering a warm, friendly spirit of connection and celebration.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Salute to Independence

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Formerly hosted at the Antietam National Battlefield, the annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Salute to Independence now takes place at the Hagerstown Community College.

Hagerstown is a roughly 45-minute drive from Harpers Ferry, but this time-honored tradition is one of the most anticipated 4th of July events in the whole state. Even better, it’s free to attend, and a massive fireworks show serves as the concert’s grand finale.

Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks

As we mentioned, you won’t be able to watch any fireworks shows in Harpers Ferry. But luckily, many nearby towns put on dazzling displays every year. Here are just a few of the more popular shows in the area:

Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

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Shenandoah Junction is just a few miles north of Harpers Ferry, and every year, Jefferson County holds a huge fireworks show here at Sam Michaels Park. Notably, this show takes place the weekend before the 4th of July, so plan your visit accordingly.

Boonsboro, Maryland

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The festivities in Boonsboro, Maryland, aren’t far from Harpers Ferry — just a quick 20-minute drive. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to Shafer Park, where you can listen to music and grab a bite to eat before the show kicks off in the evening.

Leesburg, Virginia

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About 35 minutes away from Harpers Ferry, Leesburg celebrates Independence Day with a live concert and a massive fireworks show billed as the largest in the region. Arrive as early as possible at Ida Lee Park to snag your seats and purchase traditional 4th of July eats like hot dogs, hamburgers, and funnel cakes.

What to Expect on the 4th of July in Harpers Ferry

Okay, you’re sold — you’re ready to plan that 4th of July vacation to Harpers Ferry. But before you rush off to pack your bags and book your travel plans, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Different Business Hours

Though many local businesses stay open on the 4th, the Lower Town Information Center does close, so make sure to get any last-minute questions answered before the holiday. You may want to do any grocery shopping or meal-purchasing ahead of time, too, just in case your favorite store or restaurant closes for the day — ask staff ahead of time if possible.


As for weather, July 4 is the peak of summer in Harpers Ferry, and as such, it’s usually very, very hot here at this time of year. Highs are usually in the mid-80s throughout July.

Other Local Activities

The 4th of July celebrations are just the start of the fun, so make sure you’re prepared for all the other summer activities you might partake in during your visit. There’s kayaking, biking, fishing, hiking, and much more around Harpers Ferry, so pack according to what you want to enjoy.

Kick Off the 4th of July Festivities

Harpers Ferry has played a profound role in our nation’s development, so there’s no better place to celebrate this day of patriotism. The 4th of July is also a great time to learn more about the town of Harpers Ferry itself and its significance in American history.

As you plan your 4th of July trip to Harpers Ferry, don’t forget to book your stay with Mountain Mama Cabins. You might even be able to see some neighboring towns’ fireworks displays right from your vacation rental.


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