America’s 9/11 Foundation annual commemorative motorcycle ride will come through downtown Leesburg on Friday, August 17, 2018.  The ride, which will begin in Somerset, PA, and stop at the Pentagon before ending at the World Trade Center site, honors the memory of the heroes, volunteers and victims who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001.  The parade of motorcycles is expected to enter Leesburg heading south on Business Route 15 around 2:00 p.m. and will travel down King Street through the historic downtown.   The motorcycles will proceed from South King Street to the Route 7/15 Bypass and onto the Dulles Greenway.  

The time the riders will enter Leesburg is approximate, based on traffic, road construction, and weather.  King Street will be closed to traffic as the motorcycles pass through town.  All King Street intersections will be closed to east-west pedestrian and vehicular cross traffic.  The road closures are expected to last 30 to 45 minutes until the motorcycles are clear of town.

Anyone wishing to come downtown, watch, and cheer on the riders as they pass through Leesburg are encouraged to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.  Parking will be available in several areas around downtown, including the Town Hall Parking Garage, the Church Street Parking Lot, and the Liberty Street Parking Lot.   Spectators are asked not to hand anything to the motorcycle riders or passengers, for safety reasons.  

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Come experience the flavor of Leesburg’s food, beverages, arts, and entertainment.

Inaugural TASTE Leesburg Event Comes to Downtown Leesburg on Saturday, August 11

Head to Leesburg on Saturday, August 11, when food vendors, breweries, wineries, businesses, artisans, and entertainment will fill four blocks of the historic downtown for an evening of fun. Come experience the flavor of Leesburg with over 50 booths showcasing a taste of all that Leesburg has to offer. Stroll the streets and sample food from on-street food vendors or stop into one of the local restaurants for a bite to eat. Enjoy samples of beer and wine from local breweries and wineries while listening to entertainment on one of three stages. TASTE Leesburg begins at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m.

Admission to TASTE Leesburg is free. Food vendors will offer $3, $4, and $5 tasting menus. Try them all and pay the vendors directly. A wristband is required to purchase tickets for wine and beer samples. Wristbands, sampling glasses, and beverage tickets will be available at ticket tents located throughout the event footprint (ID required).   

Plenty of entertainment will be on hand with the Center Stage located on the corner of Market and King featuring three different performances beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The Town Green Stage will have live music from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  A Demonstration Stage at the corner of North King and Cornwall will feature demonstrations, live performances, and karaoke.

Parking will be available downtown at the Town Hall Parking Garage, the Liberty Street Parking Lot, the Church Street Parking Lot, and the Loudoun County Parking Garage, or at Ida Lee Park’s festival parking field.  Free shuttle service will be provided from Ida Lee Park to the downtown event.

Downtown street closures will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Streets are expected to reopen at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

TASTE is the place to be this August! For more information about the event, visit or call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368


VA Tax Free Holiday

August 3-5, 2018

The 3-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 am and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 pm.

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

What items are eligible?

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the 2018 Combined Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines

Parades & Fireworks

Leesburg Celebrates Independence Day

The Town of Leesburg will host its 28th annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

The festivities will begin with the Independence Day Parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade will start at Ida Lee Park, travel down King Street through the historic downtown, and conclude at Fairfax Street.

King Street will close to through-traffic at 9:30 a.m. in preparation for the parade.  Downtown streets will re-open at approximately 11:30 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m., prior to the parade, the American Originals Fife and Drum Corps will perform at the intersection of King and Market streets. This traditional military-style music group adds a patriotic sound to the parade and is a favorite among parade viewers. Plan to arrive downtown before the street closures to hear the fifes and drums before the parade kicks off.

In the evening, the fun continues at Ida Lee Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to arrive early and grab a spot on the lawn for a full night of fun, food, and great music. At 6:30 p.m., Party of Four will take the stage, covering 80’s and 90’s hits with their soaring four-part vocal harmonies. A full food court will be onsite with funnel cakes, ice cream, hot dogs, and other goodies.

The region’s largest fireworks display will light up the sky beginning at 9:30 p.m. Choreographed to patriotic music, this light show is not to be missed.

Parking is available at the interior lots off Ida Lee Drive and the festival field parking off King Street. Town of Leesburg staff will work hard to ensure that as many vehicles as possible are parked in the park, so attendees are asked to be patient while waiting to enter and exit. The Town reminds our guests to use designated crosswalks if walking to the park.

Coolers and large bags are permitted but will be checked at gate entrances. Pets, alcohol, and personal fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted. In the event of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for July 5th at 9:30 p.m. No other activities will be rescheduled.

On the day of the event, please check the Town of Leesburg Facebook page ( and Twitter account (@TownofLeesburg) for weather updates.



Getting Books at Deep Discounts

As a mother of young children, I think that it is important to give them lots of exposure to reading. And, in doing this, I have filled the shelves of my home with children’s books. Of the the hundreds of books that we have, only a handful were purchased at full price. Most were purchased at discount sales. And, here’s the good part, those sales almost always have fiction, non-fiction, and media for adults also.

Library Book Sales

These are sales put on by the advisory boards of libraries across the county. Each sale is different and not every library has one. They are selling donated books to benefit their library. Note: these sales are usually not selling discarded library books. Here are the 2018 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.






Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected during regular library hours, May 29-June 14.

PRE-SALE ($15 admission fee): Friday, June 15, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Donations accepted April 22 – May 3.

May 4-6

Gum Spring

Donations accepted Feb. 24 – March 16.

March 16-18.


Donations for book sales are accepted June through August.

September 29, 2018, 10am-6pm

Books on sale near Andy’s during Octoberfest


Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.



Donations of books, CDs and DVDs accepted April 2-30. Please no magazines, outdated textbooks, encyclopedias or videos.

May 5-6


Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games accepted in late November and early December.



Donations are no longer being accepted.


In addition to the sales put on by individual libraries, there is one mega sale held every summer by The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. The 2018 sale, held in June will be their 29th annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!


Once a month there is an online auction for surplus items and often there are entire pallets of books being sold for just a few dollars. I like books, but not enough to dig through all kinds of random books that I have to bring home in the back of my pick-up truck.

Thrift Stores

Books are cheep at thrift stores. Most books sell at about 5-10% of their new cover price. There’s lots of thrift stores in Loudoun and some are better than others for finding a good selection of books. For a list of stores, click here.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, which runs the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, holds an annual rummage sale at Morven Park in October. There is an entire barn dedicated to used books of all kinds. This rummage sale is so great. It has been named the BEST CHARITY EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA for three years in a row by Virginia Living Magazine.

Book Swaps

Ok. This one won’t really increase your collection. But, as your kids grow, so do their interests in books. Why not find someone who’s also bored with their books to do a swap. I usually do this at least once a year with my mother’s group and end up bringing home a few good books that I didn’t have before.  If you have a group of adult friends with similar interests, you may want to do this sometime. If you’re the coordinator, you can offer to collect any unwanted books (how sad) at the end of the swap and donate them.

How I Make Extra Money with the ibotta app

I really like the ibotta app as a tool for getting back a little extra cash from my shopping trips. The main reason I like it is because it is easy to use and I really have made some actual money using it.

How ibotta works:


Find Offers

Before shopping, check what offers are available where you are going. Most of the large grocery chains in our area are included. (Sorry, Aldi lovers. You can’t make extra money with ibotta app when you shop at Aldi.) There are lots of specialty stores and even some restaurants, too. ibotta offers generic item rebates, too.


Go Shopping

Buy the products you’ve selected. Don’t forget to use your store card and take your receipt.


Redeem Your Offers

Take a photo of your receipt. It’s easy with ibotta. You may also need to scan the bar code on the matching item. I love the distinct “BEEP” my phone makes when I’ve scanned the correct item.


Get Cash

Once you’ve earned a minimum of $20, you can choose how you want your payout. PayPal is one easy way to get your money.


As of publishing this blog post, I’ve made $240.43 buying things that were already on my shopping list.

Here’s what I want you to do . . .

  1. Download the ibotta app to your smart phone.

  2. Open an account. Attach store cards for stores that use them, like Food Lion.

  3. Earn your first $10 easy by entering my referral code TRJGMRJ and redeeming at least one rebate.


Making a trip to IKEA?

If you are making a trip out to IKEA any time soon, join the family first. Sign up on their website and then get your card once you’re in the store. Or, sign up at one of their computer terminals in-store. It is really easy and only took me a couple minutes.

With the card, you’ll get special discounts in the store (which vary), FREE coffee in the restaurant, extra time for the kids in Smaland. When I got my card, I also got a voucher for a FREE ice cream cone that we enjoyed after going through the checkout line. I haven’t been bombarded with e-mails from them either.