Christiansburg hosts 18th annual Fourth of July festival, second in Downtown

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A little rain didn't stop the annual Fourth of July celebration in Chrsitiansburg Monday.

The Downtown Festival kicked off for the second year complete with bands, vendors, a farmer's marker, and children's activities.

Town officials said some vendors didn't want to risk the weather, but locals still came out in droves.

Although it's the second year Parks and Rec put the festival on in downtown, this is the eighteenth year the town has celebrated the Fourth of July.

Parks and Rec Director Brad Epperley explained, "We live in the greatest country in the world, we live in the United States and we're able to enjoy ourselves and we're thankful for the freedoms that we have, and just to be able to be here in Christiansburg and to socialize with all the folks here means everything."

Officials explained the decision was made last year to move the festival from the high school to downtown Christiansburg.

Mayor Mike Barber said, "It's just one of the things that we want to do as a town to bring people downtown and get a feeling of what downtown Christiansburg really is. It's a very unique, very nice, very old downtown but we've done a lot of renovations on it and we're going to o more and more things downtown as we go along."

Epperley added, "For the future of Christiansburg, we're looking at doing more things in our downtown area. We want to revitalize our downtown and being able to have events and festivals like these do that. We bring folks into our area it's just a wonderful thing."

The Downtown Festival continued until 4:00 and fireworks would begin at Christiansburg High School at 9:15, weather permitting.