UVA to host fireworks show, close University Avenue

UVA will light up the lawn Friday night with a fireworks display visible over the Rotunda beginning at 9:45pm. You would too... if you were trying to raise $3 billion.

To ensure the safety of the workers setting up the fireworks display, University Avenue from Rugby Road to 14th Street will be closed from 9:30pm to approximately 10pm, according to a release, which indicates that the show will last approximately 10 minutes, during which the marching band will perform on the steps of the Rotunda on the North lawn.

The university is hosting the star-spangled celebration to publicly announce its campaign to raise $3 billion in private gifts by 2011.

University officials expect several thousand people to attend the event. The Lawn will be accessible to the public from all major entrances except those directly next to the Rotunda.

UPDATE: Since both their teams had the week off in the NFL, former UVA gridiron greats Tiki and Ronde Barber used their free Sunday to drop by Charlottesville and together contribute $1 million to their alma mater.