You have two loud and colorful options to celebrate July 4th in Henry and Patrick counties.

The bigger event is the Celebration at the Martinsville Speedway, but there also is the old-fashioned day-long event in Stuart.

Both will have fun, food and fireworks, the essentials of the perfect 4th of July.

Celebration at the Speedway» Gates open: 3 p.m. with carnival rides and food.

» Music: 6:30 p.m., featuring The Worx and the Chairmen of the Board.

» Fireworks: Following music, around 10 p.m.

» Admission: It’s free, and there is a request for two donated items of canned food.

Old Fashion Fourth of July

» When: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

» Where: Dehart Park, 212 Johnson St. in Stuart.

» Fireworks: At the end of the evening, wrapping by 10.

» Other stuff: Yoga, family activities and a cruise-in for cars.

Steven Doyle is Local Editor of the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801 ext. 245. Follow @StevenLDoyle.