The Fourth of July won’t seem normal, since most big events have been canceled because of the coronavirus crisis. But that’s not stopping many towns from celebrating America’s birthday.

While some celebrations took place throughout the week the two biggest events will be held Saturday

Middleburg will host a vehicle parade, American flag display and patriotic decorating contest this Saturday, July 4.

The hour-and-a-half-long vehicle parade will begin at noon and will include fire trucks from the Middleburg and Upperville Fire Departments, antique trucks from the Old Dominion Historical Fire Society, appearances by Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross and the town’s 2020 high school and The Hill School graduates. Police Chief A.J. Panebianco and the Middleburg American Legion Post 250 Color Guard will lead the parade.

The Upper Crust will be distributing Cow Puddles along the parade route.

The town has also purchased 1,000 18-by-12-inch American flags to display around town. Last week, Boy Scout Troop 2950 scouts dropped those flags off at each home in town and placed more along Washington Street.

The town on Saturday will also announce the winners of the Fourth of July front door and porch decorating contest. Winners will receive $100 gift certificates from local businesses, runners up will receive $50 gift certificates and third-place finishers will get $50 gift certificates.

To cap the day off, in-town churches and the Middleburg Museum will ring their bells for two minutes beginning at 9 p.m. in lieu of a fireworks display.

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Purcellville will host its annual Independence Day Parade from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, July 4, albeit with vehicles only to keep with social distancing protocols.

Setup and assembly will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Loudoun Valley High School. The parade will then head south on North Maple Avenue, turn west onto Main Street, then south onto Nursery Avenue and finish at Emerick Elementary School on Nursery Avenue. To apply to participate in the parade, go to the town’s website or email and include a phone number for a return call.

ATVs, tractors and similar vehicles are allowed to participate. Floats are permitted but can be occupied only by groups that have quarantined together. Walkers, bicycles, animals are prohibited. A limit of one vehicle per business, organization or group is permitted.

Participants are also prohibited from distributing candy or other items.

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