Richmond is a city rife with history. Whether your bag is athletic, nature-bound, musical, family-oriented or brewery-based, there is a plethora of events that celebrate the Independence of our nation and the coming together of a diverse group of people to build our country with tolerance for all.
Richmond Flying Squirrels Game and Independence Day Fireworks Celebration. Independence Day Dueling Fireworks. Independence Day at The Diamond is a time-honored Richmond tradition. Celebrate your freedom this weekend starting on July 4. This event will sell out, so please purchase your tickets in advance. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Celebration features the Richmond Concert Band jazz group at 6 p.m. , Declaration of Independence reading at 7 p.m. , Richmond Concert Band 7:30 p.m. and Fireworks are at nightfall.
Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration. The Fourth of July Celebration – July 4 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks begin at dark. Includes activity area for kids and entertainment. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. FREE
Red, White & Lights, a Fourth of July Celebration, Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park Features a spectacular evening celebrating independence and honoring America’s veterans. Wear your red, white, and blue and enjoy the holiday at the park with patriotic activities for the whole family, food trucks, and performance by the Richmond Symphony with a laser light show finale. The show will “end with a bang” this year – a short fireworks display will accompany the music and lasers. Event is sponsored by Henrico County & Genworth. Visitors encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and picnic to enjoy the entertainment. No alcohol or hard-sided coolers. Concessions Available for Purchase
Gates Open – 4pm. The Family Fun Zone runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes Basic Training Camp Obstacle Course, Giant Inflatables, Manny Green DJ & Patriotic Games, Miss Sheri the Clown, Jonathan Austin, Airbrush Tattoos, Uncle Sam on Stilts, Photo Opportunities (WW2 Inspired), Coast Guard 1940 Jeep and Interpreters. History Exhibits from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. include Meadow Farm House Tours, WWII Displays, Orientation Center Displays. Main Stage Entertainment begins at 6 pm and includes The Continentals, National Anthem & Presentation of Colors, Richmond Symphony, Laser-Light Show
Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion Kings Dominion will be decked out in red, white, and blue this Independence Day for our Star Spangled Celebration, June 30 – July 4! Celebrate at the ultimate 4th of July event all weekend long with energetic performances from local military bands and dazzling firework shows, plus all of your favorite rides. Kings Dominion is also honoring service members by offering FREE admission to the park for active and retired military, as well as veterans with honorable or medical discharge, and discount tickets for friends and family. Celebrations include fireworks.
Carmax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden FREE admission all day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a daytime event only; no fireworks. Open RAIN or SHINE. Guests are invited to enjoy the gardens, the Butterflies LIVE and Origami in the garden exhibits. Wear red, white and blue and bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a 2 p.m. parade in the Children’s Garden. Children can also cool off in the splash pad. Activities include live music by the Happy Lucky Combo in the Children’s Garden from 1 to 4 p.m.
July 4th on Q Rooftop, Quirk Hotel provides amazing views of area festivities.
At the 4th of July at Isley Brewing Company you can enjoy a view of the fireworks from their patio. They’ll have music all day, the Return of the Mac food truck and patio games as well as a dunk tank. Customers are encouraged to bring their own chairs
Take an historical approach to July 4th at the Independence Day Liberty or Death Reenactment Independence Day Celebration at Historic St. John’s Church. The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud for all to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public, but you may purchase a ticket to reserve a seat at the forefront of history. At 10:45 AM Advanced Ticket holders are seated. At 11:00 AM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. At 11:15 AM Music program begins. At 11:30 AM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity)
Rocketts Red Glare – July 2-4 at Rocketts Landing, 211 Rocketts Way, Richmond, VA 23231 FREE family-friendly event, open to the public, with activities, vendors, music, food, craft beer offerings and a pro beach volleyball tournament hosted by EVP Tour. Culminating with riverfront FIREWORKS on July 4th at 9 PM! Special advance purchase discounts and parking permits: SCHEDULE: Wednesday, July 4th: 8AM – 10PM Family friendly area (alcohol-free) with GolfZilla and games. EVP Beach Volleyball Championships all day with Men’s and Women’s Finals at 7:30 pm. FIREWORKS at 9PM. Volunteers needed.
Virginia Museum of History & Culture Independence Day Celebration A day full of star-spangled festivities, including live music, a scavenger hunt, behind-the-scenes tours, picnicking on the lawn, a photo booth, historic reenactors, and a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony.
Fireworks on the James River – Hosted by RVA Paddlesports A chance for the best view in RVA of the Fireworks on the James the 4th of July. The group will be rafting to a secluded island on the James River and watching the big show complete with a catered grille out. Meet at Forest Hill Park at 6:00 before shuttling up to our put-in point about 3 miles upriver. From there you will embark on an expedition style* trip with personal gear, blankets and food packed in dry-bags on the raft. About half way down the stretch of river they will stop on a deserted island in the middle of the James. Relax on a sandy beach, in the river soaking, or on warm bedrock next to a fire. In addition to fresh fruit, hot dogs, & s’mores, they will be serving both vegetarian and chicken options from local restaurant Goatocado. The main event comes shortly after dark with fireworks reflecting off the river. Once the smoke settles the group will paddle a short distance under the moon’s glow to their takeout point. 6:00 – 11:30 p.m. Cost: $109 a person, 2 for $199
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