Fourth of July Celebrations 2015
Once again July 4th is just around the corner. Here are some great things to do and places to explore around Richmond, VA and the surrounding areas. Virginia is steeped in history and you can join many historical celebrations, watch fireworks, play with family and friends, listen to music…
Most of these venues are family friendly, some allow outside food and drink (no alcohol or glass/metal containers), and some (Ashland notably) are pet friendly.
I did not include First Fridays, but it can be a great way to kick off the weekend with art galleries, sidewalk food and performers and an energetic atmosphere.
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AT THE GARDEN
Saturday, July 4th • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Enjoy a day at Lewis Ginter FREE.
Various events in the Children’s Garden from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AT MAYMONT
Friday, July 3rd 10:00AM – 12:00PM.
Register online at https://maymont.org/scavenger-hunt-7/2015
Explore Maymont in a brand new way. Crack secret codes and use maps to find your way around the estate in this family friendly scavenger hunt. Ages 4 and older, adult must accompany child
Admission and registration required.
STAR SPANGLED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 4th • 1:00 – 5:00 PM. FREE.
Meadow Farm Museum • 3400 Mountain Road • Glen Allen
Go old-school with a recitation of the Declaration of Independence plus drum-and-fife accompaniment. Live music and contests.
FOURTH AT THE FORT
Saturday, July 4th • 7:30 – 10:00 PM. FREE.
Williams Stadium, Lee Avenue, Fort Lee
Listen to local variety band Red Neck Pool Party at 7:30 and 392nd Army Band from 8:30 -9:30. It also will play the “1812 Overture” with cannon fire by a military detail from the Ordnance School during the fireworks display that starts at approximately 9:35 p.m.
FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS IN COLONIAL HEIGHTS
Saturday, July 4th • 9:15PM – 10:00 PM
Southpark Mall Area/Charles Dimmock Parkway
Free fireworks display
ST. JOHN’S CHURCH REENACTMENTS
Saturday, July 4th • 11:15AM – 12:15PM
St. John’s Church • 2401 E. Broad Street
Take a trip back to 1775 to visit the Second Virginia Convention where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me Liberty or give me Death!” speech. Hang around after the proceedings and get your picture taken with Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
PAMPLIN HISTORICAL PARK: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 4th • 9:00AM – 5:00 PM
Pamplin Historical Park • 6125 Boydton Plan Road • Petersburg
Head to the Dinwiddie park to hear a cannon firing. Demonstration begins at 1:00 p.m.; the Park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with regularly scheduled tours and demos.
FREE with park admission ($7.50 – $12.50)
BERKELEY WREATH LAYING CEREMONY ON JULY 4TH
Saturday, July 4th • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Berkeley Plantation, 12602 Harrison Landing Rd, Charles City, VA
Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.
Admission Fee: $11 per adult/$6 per child
FLYING SQUIRRELS VS. AKRON RUBBER DUCKS
Saturday, July 4th & Sunday, July 5th. Fireworks on both nights
Gates open at 4:30PM. Games start at 6:05PM. Postgame Fireworks.
Tickets $8 – $13
KINGS DOMINION MILITARY DAYS
Saturday, July 4th – Sunday, July 5th
Kings Dominion • 16000 Theme Park Way • Doswell, VA
FREE admission to active, inactive, and retired service members with valid ID
Service members may also purchase tickets for family and friends at the discounted price of $41.00 each.
Enjoy activities planned each day along International Street including getting your picture taken with our Uncle Sam stiltwalker at the front gate, real Army vehicles on display under the Eiffel Tower, a postcard mailing station to send to the troops, sponsored by NBC12, and an appearance by the USO!
Also rock out to some awesome live music by our service men and women. Sunday, July 5
TRADOC Rock Band
GENWORTH FINANCIAL CELEBRATE FREEDOM INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT
July 3rd 6:30 pm https://www.genworth.com/celebration.html
Concert with the 35-member 29th Infantry Division Band, Virginia Infantry Division National Guard, based in Clifton Forge, VA with fireworks after
6620 West Broad Street
FREE (no pets). face painting, balloons, giveaways, food vendors and much more
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION - WILLIAMSBURG
July 4th at various places in historic Williamsburg.
10 a.m. Salute to the States behind the Courthouse
11 a.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket required)
5–9 p.m. Historic Tavern dining available
7:30–8:30 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform
9:10 p.m. Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces
9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin
Free parking is available in the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center parking lot and, throughout July 4, ride Colonial Williamsburg’s buses free.
RVA FIREWORKS ON THE JAMES
Brown’s Island July 3rd . Grounds open 6:00pm. Fireworks approx. 9:15PM
Food Vendors and enjoy music simulcast on WRIR-FM (97.3).
FREE (no pets). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic (no alcohol, no metal or glass containers)
ASHLAND 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4th. http://hanoverarts.org/july-4th-celebration/
Parade line up begins at Henry Clay School at 10:15AM and ends at Hanover Arts & Activities Center.
Parade begins at 11:00AM. Patriotic concert follows at 12:00PM.
Apple Pie Contest, Most Patriotic Pet Contest, Lawn Games, Food
500 South Center St, Ashland, VA
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4th 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
Children's activities, special entertainment and fireworks at dark.
DOGWOOD DELL 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4th 7:00 – 9:00pm, Dogwood Dell at 1300 Blanton Ave
Larry Robinson on the Carillon Bells and the Richmond Concert Band
Fireworks at dusk.
GOOCHLAND COUNTY FIREWORKS
July 4th 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Goochland Sports Complex at 1800 Sandy Hook Road
KESWICK VINEYARDS REDS, WHITES, AND BLUEGRASS JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
July 4th, 12:00 – 3:00PM
Keswick Vineyards, 1575 Keswick Winery Dr, Keswick, Va
Celebrate with Virginia wines and Bluegrass music performed by local band Bent Mountain Trio.
No entry fee. Leashed pets allowed.
Food furnished by Blue Ridge Pizza Co., Black Jack’s Mobile Soul Food Kitchen and The Pie Guy.
MONTICELLO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
Saturday, July 4th 9:00AM – 12:00PM http://www.monticello.org/july4
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, 931 Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA
53rd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony on Monticello’s West Lawn.
Free and open to public.
AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT MOUNT VERNON
Saturday, July 4th 8:00AM – 5:00PM http://www.mountvernon.org/
George Washington’s Mount Vernon. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks. Naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens. Military reenactments. A special wreath laying ceremony. Free birthday cake for all (while supplies last).
Admission charged. Military discounts.
BLUE BEE CIDER FIREWORKS
Friday, July 3rd • 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Blue Bee Cider • 212 W. 6th Street
Join for riverfront fireworks. Show will be begin around 9:15PM