Photos by Focal Point Creative

Area residents and guests of the Town of Middleburg were treated to a fun day of celebration with good weather, high spirits and family traditions in full view.

A federal holiday since 1941, Independence Day is set aside so that we can enjoy the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness envisioned by our founding fathers. Some lesser known facts about July 4th include that the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 2nd, 1776, but the delegates representing the thirteen colonies at the Continental Congress did not adopt it until two days later on July 4th. Three of our Presidents, including two that signed the Declaration, died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson, who wrote most of the document, and John Adams died within hours of each other on July 4th, 1826, while James Monroe, a federalist who did not support or sign the document, died on July 4th, 1831. ML

Zaia Fisher enjoys a cone from The Ice Cream Lady

Zaia Fisher enjoys a cone from The Ice Cream Lady

The pony was a hit at the Children's Parade.

The pony was a hit at the Children’s Parade.

Bluegrass band Circa Blue entertained the crowd as part of the Bluemont Concert series.

Bluegrass band Circa Blue entertained the crowd as part of the Bluemont Concert series.

Audrey and Henry Wise await the beginning of the Children's Parade.

Audrey and Henry Wise await the beginning of the Children’s Parade.

The fireworks went off without a hitch despite some light rain.

The fireworks went off without a hitch despite some light rain.