Spotsylvania 300th Founder's Day Celebration

EVENT DETAILS

Location: Spotsylvania Courthouse
Date: Saturday, September 25th
Time: 4PM to 8:30PM

The Spotsylvania County Community Engagement  & Tourism Department marks the county's 300th Anniversary during a celebration Saturday, September 25, 2021, in the Historic Courthouse District beginning at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, children’s crafts and activities, a "Living History Lawn," craft vendors, Fire & Rescue interactive displays, Sheriff’s Office safety demonstrations and a “Happy Birthday Spotsy” Party Zone! Admission is free and there’s fun for the whole family as we celebrate everything special and unique to Spotsylvania’s past, present & future.

Dive into the history of Spotsylvania County as you immerse yourself in the "Living History Lawn" at the Historic Courthouse. Experience exclusive photo ops with re-enactors from the Civil War, Colonial 1800's, and 1920’s, while listening to the Proclamation that founded Spotsylvania County read by Governor Alexander Spotswood himself! Tour the Historic Courthouse and the 1855 Jail, or learn about African-American history from the 23rd United States Colored Troops and John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center.

Located behind Spotsylvania Elementary, the “Happy Birthday Spotsy” Party Zone will feature an array of children’s games and activities including a tie-dye station, do-it-yourself mini-time capsules, create-your-own party shakers, a birthday card station and so much more. Bust a move as DJ Rick Hamm provides great party music, and dazzle the crowd with a free face painting or balloon animal!  Don't forget to check out the many craft vendors offering unique gifts with a local touch!  

As the evening winds down, be sure to catch the Time Capsule Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and visit one of the many food trucks on-site to grab a tasty dinner before finding a seat to watch the brilliant fireworks display, starting at approximately 8 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION

Want to avoid the traffic and be the first out of the event after the fireworks!? THEN HOP ON A SHUTTLE BUS!!!

  • Shuttle buses leave from Courtland High School & Courtland Elementary School
  • Buses run continuously from 3:45pm until the conclusion of the event
  • Masks are required on shuttle buses
  • Shuttle buses provide an easy. convenient way to attend the Spotsy 300th while avoiding getting stuck in fireworks traffic!

**Shuttle buses will NOT run during the fireworks display from approx. 7:30pm until 8:30pm due to road closures**

Other options for getting to the Spotsy 300th event

  • Option 1: Park at the Courthouse Village area and support the Spotsylvania High School Athletic Boosters. Parking in this area is $5 and there is a FREE trolley service available from the Merchant Square Building that will drop you off at the Historic Courthouse (right in the event action!!)
  • Option 2: Park at the Public Safety Building... but remember parking here is LIMITED!
  • Option 3: Utilize the free shuttle bus service from Courtland High School & Courtland Elementary School


EVENT LAYOUT

Happy Birthday Party Zone, Fire & Rescue Displays, Food Trucks, Sheriff's Office Displays, Crafter Vendors, Living History Lawn:

Spotsy300th Layout Map 1


Zoomed in on the HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPOTSY PARTY ZONE (Below): Located behind Spotsylvania Elementary, the “Happy Birthday Spotsy” Party Zone will feature an array of children’s games and activities including a tie dye station, DIY mini time capsules, create-your-own party shakers, a birthday card station and so much more!! Bust a move as DJ Rick Hamm provides great party music, and dazzle the crowd with a free face painting or balloon animal!

Spotsy300th Layout Map 2

This is also a great viewing area for the fireworks that will begin at 8pm! Feel free to set up your chair or blanket and enjoy all the day's activities and the fireworks at the end of the evening!!