Rockin’ Weekend Events to Celebrate America’s Birthday

Richmond weekends rock!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Creative Expressions Opening Reception –  Call 804.782.4800 for information. Reception with refreshments by Doubletree by Hilton Richmond Downtown. Programs related to young Richmonders living in challenging circumstances.

Exhibition – The Battle Sir, Is Not To The Strong Alone: Richmond and the American Revolution – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond, VA. From Patrick Henry’s cries for liberty to the burning of Richmond by the British to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Richmond and Wilton have shared in America’s fight for freedom. Learn more about history and Richmond.

Summer Series Wine Tasting – The Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe, ease into the weekend with Friday Summer wine tasting, music and fun – 5:00 p.m.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Hilarious fun at Empire theater. One of Broadway’s newest and funniest musical comedies, Scoundrels is based on the classic film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin (played by Scott Wichmann). Set on and around the breezy beaches of France, it is the free-wheeling story of two con men who try to out-con each other when they discover that the Riviera isn’t big enough for both of them. With a hot new score from the composer/lyricist of The Full Monty, Scoundrels will have you laughing yourself out of your seat, and dancing down the aisles. Suggested for ages 16+.

Fridays at Sunset – International Music Festival – lots of great music and family fun.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Red, White and Blue Day at CMoR –  Celebrate July 4 by making a patriotic banner and wave it during the parade with Seymour at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at CMoR.

Independence Day Parade – 2nd Annual Parham Road Independence Day Parade and festival to celebrate America’s birthday with cake walk, DJ’s, silent auction, crafts, informational displays, food, military personnel, bicycles, Wii, and more!

Open House at James River Cellars – Summer wines perfect for celebrating Independence day!

Exhibition – The Battle Sir, Is Not To The Strong Alone: Richmond and the American Revolution – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond, VA. From Patrick Henry’s cries for liberty to the burning of Richmond by the British to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Richmond and Wilton have shared in America’s fight for freedom. Learn more.

RVA River Jam – Food and beverages along with great music!

Powhatan Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks. Saturday, July 2 at  5:00 pm.  The Huguenot Fire Department hosts their Annual Independence Day Celebration at the Bullnaza Arena in Powhatan. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  for fire apparatus displays, a car & truck show, kids’ events, and a magnificent fireworks show. Visit website for fees and details.

Colonial Downs Racing to the Stars and Stripes –  Celebrate July 4 early at 5 p.m. with trackside concert and fireworks. Jonathan the Juggler entertains and there is FREE ice cream, a flat screen TV giveaway, and more.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Open House at James River Cellars – more fun at James River Cellars as you enjoy wine and fun.

Fireworks on the James – Patriotic Family Fun! FREE family event with SPARC, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion”. Food vendors will be here on Brown’s Island – or bring a picnic (alcohol and pets not permitted) and bring a blanket or lawn chair. The state’s largest fireworks display provided by Grucci, the “Top Name in Fireworks in the World”! Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and Brown’s Island opens at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks at Kings Dominion Tribute to the Armed Forces with one FREE* admission for all active and retired military personnel on July 3 and 4! Special Discounts for Friends and Family. Plus don’t miss our spectacular fireworks show, Nights of Fire.

Busch Gardens IllumiNights Fireworks and more. Join the family fun. We are proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter Busch Gardens with a single-day complimentary admission.

Happy birthday America!

Monday, July 4, 2011 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Barnes & Noble Storytime at Virginia Center Commons at 10:30 a.m. – join us for reading and crafts. 9850 Brook Road, Glen Allen, Va 804.264.6850.

Open House at James River Cellars – the fun continues at James River Cellars.

Fireworks at Kings Dominion Tribute to the Armed Forces with one FREE* admission for all active and retired military personnel on July 3 and 4! Special Discounts for Friends and Family. Plus don’t miss our spectacular fireworks show, Nights of Fire.

Together for Tanzania July 4 celebration at 1037 Dorset Road, Powhatan, VA; 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.  The 2nd annual July 4th celebration with live music, inflatables for kids, children’s games, food vendors and a GREAT FIREWORKS display. $20 per carload with no additional charge for children’s activities. Food is available for purchase. Enjoy the lovely, private pastoral setting in Powhatan. Plenty of room for parking, entertainment on center stage, and children’s activities. Proceeds will be used to support two medical clinics and the education of children and adults in Tanzania.

Busch Gardens IllumiNights Fireworks and more. Join the family fun. We are proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter Busch Gardens with a single-day complimentary admission.

Celebrate Freedom Genworth Independence Day Concert – Children’s activities and a concert by the United States Air Force Heritage Band with fireworks starting at 8:45 p.m. Food vendors and more.

Chesterfield County Fairgrounds 4th of July Celebration – Enjoy food, fun, children’s activities and free fireworks at 5:00 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. The Kings of Swing will be performing and there will be a kids’ area. Plus a visit from Jonathan the Juggler. Gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks after dark at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Chesterfield, VA.

All- American Celebration – FREE admission to celebrate freedom and show appreciation to the community at the Lewis Ginter children’s garden. Wear red, white and blue.

Let Freedom Ring – Guided Bus Tour – Explore Richmond’s connection to America’s birth. Visit here for details.

Richmond Kickers – Third Annual Fourth of July Fest at Richmond City Stadium with Splash Zone, inflatables, delicious food, music, games and more.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Social. 11am-4pm.   Shirley Plantation, Charles City, VA.  Ice cream, lemonade, and ice tea are included with regular admission and will be available from 2:00 to 4:00 PM as long as supplies last.  Fee.

Ashland’s Fourth of July Parade – The old-fashioned annual parade in Ashland is a people parade and encourages patriotic bicycles, tricycles, dogs, and walkers to join in the fun. Participants gather at 1 p.m. at Henry Clay School. The parade is 1/4 mile and starts at 1:30 p.m., ending at Hanover Arts & Activities Center at 2 p.m. for a lawn party. Apple pie contest, children’s crafts, children’s games, Most Patriotic Pet awards, music and sing-along by Hanover Concert Band.

Old-fashioned Fourth of July – Celebrate with festive entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, face painting, children’s petting zoo, contests and games, pony rides, sky diving shows, watermelon feast, Uncle Sam on stilts, Jonathan the Juggler, historic color guard, drum and fife music and more. Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park.

Fireworks at Dogwood Dell – FREE Independence Day fun with performances by Kidz in Da Biz (hip hop), Sharon North (jazz) and the Carillon Bell concert at 7 p.m. Richmond Concert Band performs patriotic music and it’s all followed by extraordinary fireworks!

Fireworks at the Diamond with Flying Squirrels – Games, food, fun, post-game fireworks, and more.

Fireworks at Sundays – BCA Fourth of July FREE fireworks – bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE fireworks. Sunday Park at Brandermill by the lake. Grand Marshal Nutzy, the mascot for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, will delight baseball fans of all ages.  Other stars of the parade include: the Doctors of Jazz, Jonathan the Juggler, Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums, clowns, Kurt and Hugs, Uncle Sam, Abraham Lincoln, Chesterfield County officials and Fire and Police Departments, Clover Hill High School Drumline.  Fireworks at 9:15pm.  Free.