The Annual Centreville Virginia Day
Don’t be surprised to be welcomed by face painted children if you will be driving into downtown Centreville on Centreville day. The Centreville day is designed to bring families together to enjoy different varieties of activities and to celebrate the town they have called home.
The fun activities in this free family event include children activities, a parade, live music, a pet pageant, martial arts, swordsmen, dancing, food and crafts. Admission to this event is always free and there is free parking space for attending families and friends of the community that come with their vehicle. For those who do not want to stress their selves driving, there is always a free shuttle provided by the organizers at strategic locations to convey people to the venue of the event.
This event was first started by a Centreville resident named Teri Hunt. Teri Hunt considered Centreville a great place which needed an identity. So she created an event known as Centreville Day which was first held on the 2000th anniversary of the establishment of the town charter.
Centreville Day is planned and organized by the Friends of Historic Centreville in conjunction with the Fairfax County Park Authority. It is a day the community members appreciate what has occurred in their local, state and national history. The members of the community are always seen on that day exchanging smile and handshakes.
There is always a parade at every Centreville day. This parade is most times led by the Chantilly Academy’s Air Force and participants include the fire and Police vehicles, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the County’s sheriff’s office and many others.
Foods such as pulled pork and barbecue, shawarmas, baklava, Thai dishes, seafood etc. will be available for attendees as crafters, businesses and nonprofits organizations will have several booths.
Attendees are always given the opportunity to enjoy hands-on history at Mount Gilead which was built as a tavern in 1785. There is also a guided tour at Mount Gilead and Braddock road. Visitors to this event may disembark at the Braddock road stop and walk downhill to explore the Old Stone Church – The Church of Ascension – touring the historic church and viewing several antique scientific instruments.
And finally, there is always a stage entertainment with different rendition of songs from different groups including those renditions from teachers, Youth Choir of the Fairfax Choral Society, Hallelujah Tae Kwon Do demonstration team, Korean Harmonica and autoharp players, and the Northern Virginia Wu Shu Academy.
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