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. Gates open at 5pm. The region’s largest fireworks show follows the game against the Fightin Phils.
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 (Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico) 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. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, a Family Fun Zone full of games & activities, and at 8pm, a concert by the Richmond Symphony with a fireworks finale. Arrive early with your blankets or chairs and enjoy pre-concert entertainment with DJ Lonnie B, a performance by the four-time national cheerleading champions from Highland Springs High School, interactive crowd games, a carnival-style Family Fun Zone, and roving entertainment such as Jonathan Austin, Miss Sheri the Clown, and Uncle Sam on Stilts. Kelli Lemon will be emceeing for the evening and local food trucks will be on-site to provide a meal or a snack while you enjoy the event.
4 pm – Event opens, concessions available
5 pm – Pre-concert entertainment begins
6 pm – Family Fun Zone opens
7:45 pm – Official Welcome
8 pm – Richmond Symphony concert begins (Family Fun Zone closes)
9:15 pm – Firework show begins
10 pm – Exit
During Independence Day you can enjoy Grand Carnivale at Kings Dominion where myth and magic join together through July 7 beginning at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world including India, China, Italy, France and Germany with activities like crafts and games, to delectable food and drink, to live music and astounding entertainment. Take part in their Spectacle of Color interactive light parade, complete with dazzling floats, authentic music and mesmerizing street performers. And finally, top off the night at the Carnivale Street Party, a magnificent party filled with international music and merrymaking until the park closes. 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 for the 21 and over crowd.
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, a hot dog eating contest 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 at Rocketts Landing, 211 Rocketts Way, Richmond, VA 23231 a pro beach volleyball tournament. Culminating with riverfront FIREWORKS on July 4th. Schedule: Competition in the Richmond Volleyball Club Sand in the City Pro Beach Volleyball Championships starts at 8 AM. Rocketts Red Glare beer garden and fireworks viewing area opens at 5 PM. Volleyball Finals matches are hosted at 7 PM. FREE FIREWORKS show launch at sunset. Event site remains open until 11 PM.
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.
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