Leesburg: No Such Thing As a Dull Weekend
Leesburg, Va., does its best to entertain citizens with a variety of family-friendly events all year long. They have an annual egg hunt for the kids near Easter and celebrate the Flower and Garden Festival around the same time. This year’s festival saw more than 36,000 people enjoy landscape designs and all things plant-related. On hand were 133 retail vendors and 12 food vendors to satiate the public’s need to spend money and eat.
As to be expected, Leesburg patriotically observes Memorial Day and also has a Sept. 11 Observance on the Town Green. On a more upbeat note, the town also celebrates the 4th of July with an annual Independence Day Celebration. This year’s celebration featured a parade, an evening concert and what the town claimed was “the largest fireworks show in Northern Virginia.” The event drew an estimated 23,000 revelers, even some from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The renter in Leesburg won’t have to leave town to show their patriotism.
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On the athletic charity side of things, the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with Loudoun Interfaith Relief to host the 8th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 20th. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runners must donate two cans of food to the Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food bank.
The town also celebrates the holidays with a series of events in December leading up to Santa’s big day, including a tree lighting, Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show and a holiday parade and festival. “Ho, ho, ho” … remember that line from “A Christmas Story” when Santa kicks Ralphie down the slide?
On to something a little more artsy. Acoustic on the Green takes place June through August on the Town Green on Saturday evenings from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Washingtonian Magazine named it a “Best Bet for Summer Concerts,” so they must be doing something right.
And last but not least is the institution known as Leesburg’s First Friday, where the town, like it says, hosts multiple events simultaneously on the first Friday of every month: music, wine-tasting, art shows featuring local artists, all the good stuff. The event is sponsored by the Loudoun Arts Council, the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun Downtown Business Association.
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