I had the opportunity this year to experience July 4th in downtown Fredericksburg since we had our usual party (see 2009 and 2010) on Saturday. First up is the annual river raft race from Falmouth Waterfront Park to the City Dock sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees. It was a beautiful day to float down the river, and these folks made the most of it. Meanwhile, a huge (by Fredericksburg standards) street fair was going on just south of the river, complete with live music, food, and all the crazy sales booths you can imagine. Finally, if you make it to the end, you’ll see my favorite moment of the day: a man sharing a Carl’s ice cream cone with his dogs.