Reedville to host two-day independence celebration

REEDVILLE—It’s “hometown USA” in Reedville with patriotic house decorations and flags flying on Main Street.

“This town is where you’ll want to be for an Independence Day Celebration the weekend of July 1 and 2, said Linda Hixon, parade grand marshal.

Activities will begin Saturday with the Firecracker 5K Fun Walk/Run. Race day registration will start at 6:45 a.m. at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. The race will start at 8 a.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated, but folks can sign up the day of the race. The registration fee will include a shirt. To pre-register, visit rfmuseum.org, or call 453-6529.

Continuing with the celebration, the women of Bethany UMC will hold their annual bake sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 454 Main Street, Reedville.

Artists will sell their crafts in front of the church parsonage. There will be a craft fair and numerous vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids will find games and crafts at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville, and in front of the church. Children’s activities from 10 a.m. to noon will include old fashioned games, sack races, an egg toss, a kid’s pie eating contest, tattoos and face painting, miniature boat building and a light-house hands-craft. The kids’ activities are free.

Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum. Water will be available at the church and music will bellow from the Community Gazebo from 1 p.m. to parade time.

Hixon will lead the parade beginning at 3 p.m. The parade will travel down one side of Main Street. When it reaches the end of the street, it will begin its return back up the street on the other side.

Hixon ‘came here’ in 1988 and has embraced the Reedville life, active in both town and church.

“It’s hard not to when you live right on Main Street,” she said.

She served on the Reedville Fishermen Museum’s board as treasurer and helped christen the Claud W. Somers. She has taught Sunday school, been lay leader, is also a past church treasurer and now serves on the Mission Team, Bell Choir, UMW and is finance secretary of Bethany UMC.

Recently retired from Union Bank & Trust, Hixon managed the Reedville Branch (now closed) and Burgess Branch. A new member of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, she will serve as assistant treasurer.

“It is an honor to be grand marshal in this year’s parade,” Hixon said.

The Independence Day Celebration will continue on Sunday. Bethany UMC will welcome their new pastor, Rev. Derek Tomek, at the 9:30 a.m. service. At noon, the grand opening of Ebb Tide Bed & Breakfast will take place around the flag pole.

The Reedville Festival Chorale will present a concert of patriotic music at 3 p.m. at Festival Halle. Light refreshments will be served and contributions of non-perishable food for the Northern Neck Food Bank or cash donations to support renovations at Festival Halle are requested.

Fireworks will fill the sky above Cockrell’s Creek at 9:15 p.m.