Cheers to a three-day weekend (for most of us) full of opportunities all around the metro-Richmond area to celebrate our independence and see explosions of color in the sky.
SATURDAY JULY 2
Hopewell 100th Birthday Celebration
Festival Park, behind The Beacon Theatre, 401 North Main Street, Hopewell,
The Commodores performs, gates open 4pm, Music starts at 4:30pm, Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. Chairs provided for Gold Circle, first come first served, advance tickets $40, & $45 at the gate. Advance general admission $20, & $25 at the gate, Fireworks after concert.
Innsbrook Pavilion, Taste Of Virginia,
4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen, 3:30 – 9:30pm, serving up Virginia’s best foods, beer and wine and a grand finale of fireworks.
Music provided by Jackass Flats & Three Sheets to the Wind. Events ends with a fireworks display. $5 In Advance (Innsbrook.com and Capital Ale house, processing fees may apply); $8 at Gate, Kids 12 & under are FREE.
MONDAY, JULY 4
Henrico County presents Red, White and Lights – A fourth of July Celebration
Meadow Farm/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen
Celebrate Freedom will feature children’s activities and a concert by the Richmond Symphony and a laser light show. This free event starts at 4:30 pm. There will be free parking, lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
Fireworks at Kings Dominion – 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Virginia,
Independence with live entertainment, fireworks, special offers and more.
Saturday, July 2, 10am, 5pm, 10:30am Military Chef BBQ Challenge under the Eiffel Tower
Monday, July 4, 10:00am: National Anthem performed by the 380th Army Band.
10:05am, 12:05pm & 1:00pm: 380th Army Band performs on International Street. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include but are not limited to active military, retired military, and veterans with honorable or medical discharge. Either a DD 214 or government issued ID will be accepted.
Busch Gardens celebrates Independence Day July 2-4, Lee Greenwood performs July 4,
A day long of fun with your favorites rides and fireworks moving through original soundscapes.
Fireworks begin at 9:30 PM.
Chesterfield’s Fourth of July Celebration
An event for all ages at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, across from L.C. Bird High School.
No alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks, please. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended.
Limited parking; roads leading to fairgrounds will be closed at 9 p.m. or when parking lots are full.
Starts at 5 p.m.
Colonial Heights Fireworks
Colonial Heights throws a fireworks extravaganza off Charles Dimmock Parkway.
Best viewing spots will be off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart Area. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Rain date July 5. 116 Southgate Square
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration
The crowds always flock to the Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell.
Features Bak N Da Day and The Richmond Concert Band in concert, playing Motown Hits and it will be all patriotic, ending with the 1812 Overture, complete with the band, the howitzers, and the Carillon, played by Larry Robinson. The concert will conclude with The Stars & Stripes Forever which will entice the fireworks to begin. Free, free shuttle from City Stadium, Concert starts at 5:30 p.m. 1300 Blanton Avenue, Richmond.
Flying Squirrels Fireworks at the Diamond
The Squirrels take on the Reading Fightin’ Phils, followed by a fireworks extravaganza.
Fireworks after the game. PLEASE NOTE: NOT A BARK IN THE BARK MONDAY. Gates open at 4:30.
Fourth at Fort Lee, Independence Day Celebration
Features Patriotic music by Redneck Pool Party and the 392nd Army Band. A KidZone and food and beverages sold on site. The event concludes with a spectacular fireworks show beginning at about 9:35 p.m.
Admission and parking are free and open to the general public. KidZone tickets are $1 each or $20 for an unlimited access armband. To access Fort Lee for this event, drivers must be able to show a Driver’s License, current vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Adult passengers must show a Driver’s License or other government-issued photo identification. All vehicles are subject to search.
Goochland Fourth of July Fireworks
Bring the whole family and enjoy a night under the stars with Goochland’s fireworks. Park, picnic and watch the fireworks. No tailgating and alcohol prohibited. Visitwww.co.goochland.va.us for parking information. Admission is free.
Goochland Sports Complex — 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland.
Red, White and Brew block party at Isley Brewing Company
Expect some music, food, beer, cornhole, dunk tank and then catch the Diamond fireworks from the deck.
Noon to 10pm, Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave, Richmond.
Hardywood Fourth of July
Were you going to the Diamond just to see some fireworks? Well, you can catch them from the comfort of Hardywood, with a beer in one hand. Soul and rock all day from five Richmond bands, great eats from a dozen of your favorite gourmet mobile food vendors and plenty of beer to sip. It will all culminate in a 4th of July fireworks display over the Diamond.
Hardywood’s Independence Day Celebration will be open to the public, all ages with no entry fee. Bracelets will be available for people 21-years of age and over to purchase draft and cans. Starts at 3 p.m., 2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond.
CarMax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter, 9am- 5pm
Butterflies LIVE! will remain closed for repairs to the Conservatory’s North Wing as a result of the recent severe storm. Other areas of the Conservatory were not affected and are open.
More about the closure is posted to the Garden’s website: Butterflies LIVE! Temporarily Closed (June – Early July 2016), Guests will still be able to enjoy Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks for FREE. The award-winning exhibit has been drawing record crowds to the Garden. The day also includes live music and fun in the Children’s Garden; more about CarMax Free Fourth of July.
In the Town of Ashland, The annual Fourth of July Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration.
Parade steps off Monday from the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, Parade begins at 11am followed by a patriotic concert with Hanover Concert Band, food, games, Patriotic Pet Contest, Apple Pie Contest winners and more!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Dominion Jazz Cafe at Best Cafe, Thursdays 6-9pm. Kehinde Wiley – A New Republic on display through September 5, 2016. Details visit http://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/.
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Freedom Fridays, every 1st Friday, Poetry, Live Music, Cocktails, Vendors, 7-9pm, $7 admission, $5 for members, 122 West Leigh Street, Richmond, visit www.blackhistorymuseum.org or call 804-780-9093.
Quill Theatre presents The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. Directed by Dr. Jan Powell, this production is a part of the 18th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall. Performances are July 7-31, (Thursday – Sunday evenings at 7:30pm.) Previews: July 7 and 8. Opening Night: July 9. For more information visit www.QuillTheatre.org or call (804) 340-0115.
Virginia Repertory Theatre presents “Dreamgirls” Winner of 6 Tony Awards starring Desiree Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry continues through August 7, 2016. Performances at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. Directed by Chase Kniffen has reassembled many of the designers and cast members from the 2014 “The Color Purple” and is thrilled to be working with many of them again. Tickets range from $48 – $60, student $15, discount for groups. For more information visit http://va-rep.org/show_dreamgirls.html or call 804-282-2620.