Richmond Area 4th of July Guide: Where to Catch the Fireworks | Entertainment
Get ready for fireworks, parades, a laser light show and more in honor of the 4th of July in Richmond and beyond.
In Chesterfield County, organizer Vicki Kiger says she’s ready to celebrate the holidays with the annual fireworks display at the fairgrounds.
“It’s so positive and people are looking for something fun,” Kiger said. The event is free and open to the public, like many fireworks festivities across the city.
Find out where to celebrate the 4th of July with our guide to local events:
City of Richmond Dogwood Dell Fireworks
Head to Dogwood Dell for the town’s 4th of July celebration. This free event will include the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6 p.m., a presentation of the Declaration of Independence at 6:30 p.m., a performance by the Richmond Jazz Concert Band at 7 p.m., and a concert of patriotic and pop music by The Richmond Concert Band at 8 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m., accompanied by the performance of “The 1812 Overture” Concert Band. 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd. https://www.facebook.com/rvaparksandrec or (804) 646-5733.
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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will host one of the biggest fireworks displays in town after their game against the Fightin Phils. Tickets usually sell out. 6:35 p.m.; fireworks to follow the match. The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. Tickets start at $10. (804) 359-3866. www.squirrelsbaseball.com
Hardywood Let Lagers Ring
Hardywood celebrates Independence Day early at the West Creek location with fireworks, music, games, food and craft beer. Featuring food trucks, such as Slideways, Timber Pizza Co., Redemption BBQ and Jiji Frozen Custard, plus concerts by Full Moon Fever and Three Sheets to the Wind. Starts at noon; music starts at 2:30 p.m.; the fireworks begin at dusk. Hardywood West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive. $10; free for children under 12 years old. hardywood.com or (804) 418-3548.
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and Virginia Credit Union present the county’s annual 4th of July celebration at the fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m. and fireworks begin after dark. In addition to the fireworks, guests can enjoy food and live music from the KOS Band starting at 6:15 p.m. Free admission. 10300, chemin du palais de justice. https://www.chesterfield.gov
Powhatan Freedom Festival and Fireworks
The Powhatan Freedom Festival will feature a family event and fireworks at the Powhatan County Fairgrounds. 5pm-10pm; the fireworks begin at dusk. $5. 4042 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. https://www.598.events
After a full day of festivities with The American Music Concert Series, Colonial Williamsburg will end its Independence Day celebration with a fireworks display, “Lights of Freedom.” Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Monday, fireworks will be displayed behind the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. The best viewing spots are Palace Green, Market Square and the Lawn of the Art Museums. Free entry. For more details, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.
Enjoy the fireworks at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Sunday and Monday starting at 9:30 p.m. Included with park admission. 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg. https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg
The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Monday at Kings Dominion. The best places to see the show are at Candy Apple Grove, International Street and Jungle X-Pedition. Included with park admission. kingsdominion.com
4th of July celebrations
Henrico County Red, White and Lights 2022
The Henrico County Red, White and Lights will bring bands, children’s activities, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and a laser show to Crump Park for a family celebration. Featuring food trucks, live music from Soul Expressions and Mountain Highway, and more. The no! The BS Brass Band will join the Richmond Symphony Orchestra for a performance, followed by a laser light show accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra. Doors open at 4 p.m.; laser light show begins at 9:15 p.m. Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road. FREE ENTRANCE. https://henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2022/
Ashland’s 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Take part in Hanover County’s 4th of July celebration, which includes a walking parade, live music performances, patriotic pet and apple pie contests, and more. The non-motorized parade begins at 11 a.m. at Henry Clay Elementary School, 310 S. James St., and runs down Hanover Avenue, ending at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St. Go to www.hanoverarts. org for details of the parade route.
CarMax free on July 4
Enjoy free admission to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, courtesy of CarMax, for the 4th of July. Guests are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and decorate carts and strollers while enjoying the grounds and exhibits, including David Rogers’ Big Bugs and admission to M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 9am-5pm 1800 Lakeside Ave. www.lewisginter.org or (804) 262-9887.
Independence Day Celebration and Citizenship Ceremony
Celebrate citizenship by attending a naturalization ceremony and watching candidates take the oath of allegiance at the newly renovated and reopened Virginia Museum of History & Culture at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public. 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. VirginiaHistory.org or (804) 340-1800.
Pamplin Park Hosts Independence Day Celebration
Pamplin Historical Park will feature Revolutionary War soldier re-enactments where visitors can learn about weapons used in the Revolutionary War and watch a cannon salute. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie County. $8 to $15. www.pamplinpark.org