Abingdon Independence Day Extravaganza

Abingdon’s Independence Day Extravaganza is a family event full of food, music, and fun! The festivities include kids’ activities, a watermelon eating contest, history reenactors, a free concert featuring big names in blues music, and a fireworks finale visible from the Market Pavilion. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festivities begin at 4:00pm. Living historians and the Abingdon Fife & Drum Corps will be on site to celebrate Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history. The Abingdon Farmers Market will sponsor a watermelon eating contest, with watermelons provided by local growers (the winner will receive a $100 shopping spree at the Farmers Market!). Kids and their families are invited to a Block Party featuring a foam pit and DJ, and kid’s crafts sponsored by Paper Moon Studio.  

A live concert at 6:00pm starts with Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin who has a classic blues sound that made him one of Muddy Waters’ favorite band members. Then at 7:45pm pm, musical trailblazer Jarekus Singleton takes the stage with a cutting-edge sound— rooted in rap, rock and blues — that is all his own. Food trucks will be on hand, and Abingdon Main Street will sponsor a beer garden beginning at 6:00pm. 

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