July 4, 2013 Calendar of Events: Fireworks, Concerts and More


July 4th celebrations are gearing up for great family fun and you need to plan ahead to enjoy as many events as possible. Be sure and visit website to confirm event times, locations, and other information since it may change after posting.

Celebrate Independence Day and stay safe!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

RVA Fireworks on the James. RVA Fireworks on the James is a FREE “Patriotic Family Fun” event that will feature performances by SPARC (School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” Food Vendors will be on Brown’s Island and the public is invited to bring a picnic (alcohol and pets not permitted) and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy music.

Genworth Independence Day Celebration. Join Genworth on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 to celebrate freedom with the Heritage of America Band. The concert will begin at 6:30pm at Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters located at 6620 West Broad Street. The concert will be immediately followed by our 7th annual fireworks display. Children and adults of all ages are welcome, but please, leave your pets at home. We will have face painting, balloons, giveaways, food vendors and much more.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks. Live music, cannons and fireworks and it’s all FREE! Starts at 5:45pm until dark. Family fun for all ages.

Brandermill 4th of July Parade. Starts at 10am.

Children’s Museum of Richmond is open until 5pm (closing early).

Summer Sounds at Stony Point Fashion Park. Free concert: Three for All (Rock ‘n Roll).

Ashland July 4th Celebration. It is time once again for our small town, one of a kind July 4th celebration here in the Center of the Universe. The Hanover Arts & Activities Center, sponsor of the event, has many activities to entertain you and start off your patriotic celebration with a bang. Enjoy the Walking Parade with dancing, music, and some surprises too. There’s an apple pie contest, sing-a-long on the lawn, and much more.

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration at Meadow Park. The festivities kick off with a flag raising ceremony. Then take a step back in time and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Living History Associates, Ltd. over traditional drum and fife music followed by a musket salute. Uncle Sam (on stilts!) will also be in attendance, as well as Jonathan Austin who will be thrilling the crowd with his mesmerizing magic and juggling.

Summer Concert Series at Short Pump Mall. July 5th celebration at 6pm-8pm.

Chesterfield County July 4th Celebration. The event, held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), includes an activity area for children and special entertainment. 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. Don’t miss this fun-filled event for all ages.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Fourth of July Celebration. Free from 9am-5pm. Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a “parade.” Enjoy music, WaterPlay and fun activities in the Children’s Garden.

Flying Squirrels July 4th. Celebrate Independence Day at The Diamond and enjoy one of the 24 Firework Extravaganza following the conclusion of the game.

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon (Alexandria, VA). The home of our first commander-in-chief celebrates George Washington’s contribution to America’s independence and freedom on July 4th with its annual Red, White and Blue Celebration from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All events are included in regular Estate admission.

37th Annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration sponsored by the Ruritan Club. Free event by The Beaverdam Ruritan Club.  There will be plenty of food and fun for the kids and adults, along with a cornhole tournament that can be enjoyed by all and games that allow both the kids and adults to compete against each other. We will have a 3-Legged Race, an Egg Spoon Race, and a Hog Calling Competition with a live pig to \”answer the call\”. Fire and rescue competitions will be held in addition to parade competitions. There will also be a Miss Beaverdam competition for ages 2 – 5 and 6 – 12.

Colonial Williamsburg Fireworks at Market Square North. Fun all day 10am – 9:35pm – Salute to the States at 10am; Join the Runaway String Band at 1:30pm; 4th of July Parade of Flags at 3:30pm; and Independence Day Celebration with food, fanfare, and fireworks at 5pm. Fourth of July fireworks at 9:20pm.

Colonial Downs Fireworks and Racing to the Stars ‘n Stripes. Racing to the Stars ‘n Stripes with fireworks, the York River Concert Band & an after party with magician Jonathan Austin & concert with Proverbial. Purchase tickets.

Goochland County Celebrates Independence Day. From 4pm-7pm, enjoy fun at the Goochland Sports Complex FB Field. Come join in the fun or watch the family friendly Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Ultimate Frisbee is a cross between football, soccer and basketball. Games will be held prior to the July 4th Fireworks Celebration!

Colonial Heights July 4th Fireworks and Family Fun. Free event – Begins at approximately 9:15 pm. Viewing locations for the fireworks will be off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart Area. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

July 4th at Monticello. Just a short drive for lots of fun. Monticello is the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Each Fourth of July since 1963, Monticello has honored America’s Declaration of Independence with an inspirational Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. Gates open at 7 a.m. and attendees should plan to arrive at least one hour in advance of the 9 a.m. ceremony. Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony-the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the United States.

Kings Dominion Nights of Fire – Also Pays Tribute to Military. Kings Dominion pays tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering free park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. on July 4 and July 5, 2013.

Busch Gardens IllumiNights. Join Busch Gardens® in celebration of summer at IllumiNights — a nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects that culminate in a park-wide firework spectacular. July 1 through Aug. 11, journey through the park as each village celebrates IllumiNights in its own way with multiple performances throughout the evening.

Fourth of July Celebration at Sunday Park. Picnic Buffet available from 6-9pm. Fireworks over the reservoir at 9:15pm. VIP ticket includes picnic buffet with snow cones and popcorn, photobooth, live music, and a seat for the fireworks

Friday, July 5, 2013

Flying Squirrels Independence Day Celebration Continues! Patriotic Jersey auction benefits Special Olympics of Virginia. Enjoy one of our 24 Firework Extravaganza following the conclusion of the game.

Kings Dominion Nights of Fire – Also Pays Tribute to Military. Kings Dominion pays tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering free park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. on July 4 and July 5, 2013.


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