If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, then look no further! From parades to festivals to fabulous firework displays, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day throughout the Greater Richmond area.
To help you plan your Fourth of July festivities, we’ve taken a look at local happenings, festivals, and family-friendly Fourth of July events here in the Greater Richmond area – plus, we’ve thrown in a few parents-only events, too! But we’ve also added in a handful of larger regional events in case you want to travel or already have plans to visit friends or family out-of-town. From living history displays to parades to riverfront fireworks, we’ve made sure you’ll have no trouble finding the right event for your family, all within a few hours of Richmond.
And of course, if you know of a fun Fourth of July event that we might have overlooked, be sure to let us know! Tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Fourth of July Fireworks and Events in the Greater Richmond Area
Monday, July 1 – Sunday, July 7, 2019
Doswell – Kings Dominion will be honoring active and retired military all week long, including the Fourth of July with TWO FREE park admissions. Plus, special military offers will extend to their families as well. Active and retired military can purchase up to six tickets $29.99 each for immediate family members. Just bring a valid government-issued military ID to receive these special deals.
Plus, from now until July 7, starting at 5pm daily, all visitors will enjoy Grand Carnivale, Kings Dominion’s celebration of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world including India, China, Italy, France, and Germany. There will be special crafts and games, food and drink, live music, and entertainment, including the Spectacle of Color interactive light parade and the Carnivale Street Party.
Time: 10:30am – 10pm, daily
Cost: Free for active and retired military; $29.99 for immediate family members (up to six tickets). Click here for special military appreciation tickets, or click here to find regularly priced tickets, group rates, or season passes.
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
Wednesday, July 3 – Thursday, July 4, 2019
Richmond – Rocketts Red Glare returns to Rocketts Landing with fun for the whole family! This special, two-day Fourth of July celebration includes a professional beach volleyball tournament and ends with a firework spectacular on the banks of the James River. With free admission and fun for all ages, the event includes vendors, food trucks, craft beer offerings, and Richmond Volleyball Club’s Sand in the City Pro-Beach Tournament. The tournament will be held both days beginning at 8am with all matches open and free to the public. Fireworks will begin at sunset on July 4. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and stay as late as 11pm for festivities following the fireworks.
Time: July 3 – Volleyball tournament and festival activities from 8am – 10pm; July 4 – Volleyball tournament from 8am – 5pm, fireworks at sunset, and additional festival activities until 11pm.
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Richmond – Celebrate the Fourth of July with FREE admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens all day long! Visit special exhibits like Butterflies LIVE! and The Art of Play; wear red, white and blue and bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a parade in the Children’s Garden; listen to live music from Happy Lucky Combo; and cool off with WaterPlay. This event will be held rain or shine.
Time: 9am – 5pm; please note the Butterflies LIVE! will close at 3:30pm; live music will be held from 1pm – 4pm and the parade will be at 2pm, all in the Children’s Garden.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
Chesterfield – Chesterfield County will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a fantastic evening featuring tons of food vendors, a kids’ activities area with games and inflatables (wristbands $5 each), live music, special entertainment, and of course, fireworks! Events begin at 5pm at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds with fireworks starting as soon as it gets dark. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs. Admission is free!
Time: Gates open at 5pm and fireworks will begin at dark.
Cost: Free. Wristbands for children’s inflatables area are $5/each.
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Byrd High School)
10300 Courthouse Road
Richmond – Head to Dogwood Dell for Fourth of July music, fun, and fireworks! This long-standing Richmond tradition is part of the 63rd Annual Festival of the Arts and features performances by the Richmond Concert Band jazz group at 6pm, a Declaration of Independence reading at 7pm, and the Richmond Concert Band at 7:30pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm. For seats in the Dell, be sure to get there early. Blankets and chairs are recommended and picnics are welcome. If you can’t make it to the park, but still want to see the fireworks, be sure to find viewing spots along the James River and on Riverside Drive.
Time: Events begin at 6pm
Dogwood Dell at Byrd Park
600 S Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
Call the Dell hotline at (804) 646-DELL in case of inclement weather.
Richmond – For the best seat in the house this Fourth of July, join RVA Paddlesports for their special Fireworks on the James Paddle Tour! Meet at 6pm at Forest Hill Park for a shuttle ride to the drop-in, then head three miles down the James in rafts and stop for taco bar dinner hosted by Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on an island about halfway down. Relax on the sandy beach, cool down in the river, or cozy up next to a fire and watch the fireworks at Dogwood Dell (beginning shortly after dark). After the fireworks show, you’ll paddle the remaining stretch of river to the takeout point.
Time: 6pm – 11:30pm
Cost: $109 a person, 2 for $199. Click here to book online.
Meet up point:
Forest Hill Park
4021 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA 23225
Richmond – What better way to celebrate America than with America’s favorite pastime? Head to the Diamond to watch the Flying Squirrels take on the Reading Fightin Phils at 5:30pm, then stay and enjoy a stunning Dueling Fireworks display after the game. First pitch is at 6:35pm. Tickets will sell out so be sure to get yours early! This event is hosted by Chick-fil-A Richmond and Virginia Birth Father Registry.
Time: Gates at 5pm, first pitch at 6:35pm, and fireworks after the game.
Cost: Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling the Richmond Flying Squirrels Ticket Office at 804-359-FUNN (3866). Find more ticketing information here.
3001 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
Flying Squirrels Box Office: 804-359-FUNN (3866)
Fort Lee / Petersburg – Celebrate Independence Day with soldiers and their families at Fort Lee’s annual Fourth at the Fort extravaganza. A 50-Cannon Salute at 3:50pm will begin the celebration, but the real fun begins at 5pm with music, food and, the KidZone inflatables and games for the kids. The 392d Army Band will kick off the fun with a rousing set of patriotic standards. En’Novation, an R&B, top-40 cover band, will take the stage at to perform a variety of classic songs and a truly spectacular firework show will begin at 9:30pm. Be sure to arrive early to get your seat! Please note personal fireworks, tailgating, glass bottles, smoking, backpacks, coolers, and pets are not allowed in or around the event area. Plastic and mesh see-thru bags will be allowed.
Time: Events start at 5pm, fireworks show is at 9:30pm
Williams Stadium – Fort Lee
836-898 Lee Ave
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Ashland – Enjoy an old fashioned Fourth of July in Ashland with a parade, apple pie contest, most patriotic pets contest, and more! Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled celebration featuring lawn games, a patriotic concert by the Hanover Concert Band, and special activities all day long. This event is sponsored by the Hanover Arts and Activities Center and is free and open to the public.
Time: Pie Contest Submissions, 9am – 10:30am, Parade, 11am; Concert, 12pm; Other events will be held throughout the day.
Hanover Arts and Activities Center
500 South Center Street
Richmond – See firsthand how founding fathers Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and others shaped the nation at the Second Convention of March 1775 where Patrick Henry gave his timeless “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech. This live re-enactment is given at the historic St. John’s Church and includes a special music program. There will be both a morning and an afternoon performance. Tickets are required and all other seating is first come, first serve. No admittance after program begins or church is at capacity. Not recommended for children under 6.
Time: Shows are 11am – 12:30pm and 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Cost: $5/person. Get tickets online.
Historic St. John’s Church
2401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23223
Petersburg – Take a trip through history with a special Independence Day tribute at Pamplin Historical Park. Enjoy multiple special programs throughout the day, including presentations of 1856 Independence Day campaign speeches and a ceremony with a cannon fire salute. You’ll also have the chance to play 19th-century games such as a sack race and three-legged race on the Tudor Hall lawn, as well as participate in a period baseball game at the Battlefield Center Field. In addition to regular Civil War programming, including guided battlefield and house tours, there will be living history Revolutionary War demonstrations by historical interpreters. All 4th of July events are included with regular park admission.
Time: 9am – 5pm (regular park hours)
Cost: Special events and activities are included in regular park admission; Adults – $15; Military/Seniors (62+)/Teachers/Students – $12; Children 6-12 – $8; Children 5 and under – Free
Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Rd
Petersburg, VA 23803
Richmond – To celebrate the 2434d anniversary of American Independence, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture is hosting a family-friendly day filled with patriotic events and festivities, including live music, a scavenger hunt, highlights gallery tours, food trucks, and a photo booth. Visitors can also attend a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony beginning at 10:30 am and see 100 candidates for citizenship from nearly 50 countries take the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum. Last year, more than 1,300 people attended the event, so be sure to make your family part of this special celebration in 2019! This event is free and open to the public.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
Henrico – Don your best red, white, and blue and get ready for a fun-filled evening at Dorey Park complete with live entertainment, food trucks, and children’s activities. Then once the sun goes down, enjoy a concert by the Richmond Symphony, accompanied by a firework spectacular. This year’s event features pre-concert entertainment with DJ Lonnie B, a performance by the four-time national cheerleading champions from Highland Springs High School, interactive crowd games, a carnival-style Family Fun Zone, and roving entertainment such as Jonathan Austin, Miss Sheri the Clown, and Uncle Sam on Stilts. Local food trucks will be on-site to provide a meal or a snack while you enjoy the event. This event is free and open to the public.
Time: General admission, 4pm – 10pm; pre-concert entertainment, 5pm; Family Fun Zone, 6pm – 8pm; Richmond Symphony concert, 8pm; Fireworks, 9:15pm
Cost: Free. Concessions available for purchase.
Glen Allen – Celebrate the Fourth with frappe, flights, and freedom at James River Cellars Winery. Their Tasting Room will be open from 11am – 7pm and live music will be offered from 1pm – 5pm. Relax on the lawn, enjoy some wine, eat some delicious food, and celebrate your freedom! Live music will be offered by Matt Via and food will be available from The Snack Wagon.
Time: Tasting Room from 11am – 7pm; Live entertainment from 1pm – 5pm
James River Cellars Winery
11008 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Fourth of July Events in Richmond for Parents Only
While many of us enjoy spending the Fourth of July holiday with family and friends, there’s nothing wrong with a parents’ night out, too! If you’ve got little ones that would be overwhelmed by fireworks, or just want a night alone with each other, check out these fun, parents-only events in the area.
Tuesday – Thursday, July 2 – 4, 2019
Richmond- Fourth of July is no joking matter – unless you’re celebrating with Coalition Theater. Join them this Independence Day for a funny, if not irreverent, look at the holiday and all that comes with it. This show is not intended for children.
Time: Shows will be held July 2, 3, and 4 at 8pm
Cost: $15/person. Get tickets online.
8 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Richmond – Get some of the best views of the city from the Graduate Rooftop! From your perch, you’ll see some of the city’s best fireworks shows, including the Diamond, Byrd Park, & Rockett’s Landing. Dance along with a DJ, plus enjoy BBQ sliders and red, white, and blue drink specials. Must be 21+ with a valid ID.
301 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Richmond – Celebrate in style this Fourth of July when RVA Magazine takes over The Hof! Enjoy libations, celebrations, and salutations all night long with live music by Elby Brass and A Good Buzz, or dance the night away with three DJs. Stick around for panoramic firework views from the rooftop, as well as food and drink specials.
Time: July 4, 7pm – July 5, 1am
Cost: $20/person. Get tickets online.
The Hof Garden
2818 West Broad Street, Suite A
Richmond, VA 23230
Richmond – Head to Quirk Hotel’s one of a kind rooftop for a Fourth of July to be remembered. The rooftop bar and restaurant will be featuring music, food, drinks, and best of all, great views of the city’s many fireworks displays. Seating will be limited, however, and is available on a first come, first served basis. Must be 21+ with a valid ID. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled, but tickets will be refunded.
Cost: $7/person. Get tickets online.
Time: 5pm – 11pm
201 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Events Surrounding Greater Richmond
If you’re looking to get out of town for the Fourth of July holiday or are already planning to travel to see friends or family, then be sure to check out these great events – all within an hour or two of the Greater Richmond area.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Chesapeake – Join in the fun at Chesapeake’s annual “American Birthday Bash”! The U.S. Fleet Forces Band will be providing patriotic music, followed by fireworks. Plus, Chesapeake Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will be offering the best in children’s activities and family entertainment: musical entertainment by Wayne Mitchell, face painting, a three-years-and-under play area, giant lawn games, inflatables and more. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets – food trucks will be on-site!
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Cost: Free admission; $5 parking
Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Williamsburg – There are few places better for celebrating the birth of our nation than Colonial Williamsburg – one of the places where it all began! Step back in time with special events and living history celebrations all day long. The day features a full schedule of patriotic festivities, including readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on activities for kids, and “Lights of Freedom,” Williamsburg’s exhilarating fireworks display, to close out the night. Click here for a complete line-up of events, times, and tickets (if required).
Costs: Many events are free, but some have associated costs. Click here for more information.
Time: 9am – 10pm. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:20pm and last 20 minutes.
101-A Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (888) 965-7254
Syria – Support the Madison Volunteer Fire Department and Madison Volunteer Rescue Squad with a Fourth of July celebration hosted by Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA. Featuring live music by the Austin Boggs Band, amazing food from Graves Mountain Lodge in the picnic pavilion and main dining room, face painting, swimming, pony rides, and more, there will be fun for the whole family. And of course, don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for fireworks at 9pm!
Time: General admission 4pm – 10pm; Food and entertainment from 4pm – 9pm; Fireworks at 9pm; Click here for a complete schedule.
Cost: Free admission; food costs vary; donations will be accepted for parking.
Graves Mountain Lodge
3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike
Syria, VA 22743
Beaverdam – Don’t miss out on this Fourth of July tradition! The annual parade begins at 10am, then join friends and family for a fun-filled day of food, games, and more. The event also includes the Miss Beaverdam competition, an “Honorary Mayor of Beaverdam” campaign, special fundraising events, veteran appreciation, and much, much more. Click here to see a full schedule of events.
*Note: The parade starts in downtown Beaverdam (corner of Beaverdam Road and Trainham Road) and ends at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club.
Time: 10am – 2pm
Beaverdam Ruritan Club/Park
18002 Teman Road
Beaverdam, VA 23015
Forest – Not far from Thomas Jefferson’s most famous home, Monticello, lies his private retreat, Poplar Forest. This Independence Day, celebrate the 243rd anniversary of Jefferson’s most famous work, the Declaration of Independence, with a fun-filled celebration. Enjoy colonial-style entertainment, demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftsmen, colonial militia recruiting, archaeology displays, old-fashioned children’s activities, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and more!
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $10/adults (ages 16+) and free for children (ages 15 and under). Get tickets online here.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551
Charlottesville – Mark the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence at the home of the author, Thomas Jefferson, and welcome more than 70 new American citizens at Monticello’s 57th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. The event includes a Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours of the first floor of Jefferson’s historic home, patriotic music, Monticello Root Beer floats, and more! Plus, this year, constitutional rights and national unity advocate and Gold Star parent, Khizr Khan, will deliver a keynote address. Visitors will also have the chance to see one of only 26 surviving copies of the Emancipation Proclamation on loan from David M. Rubenstein.
Time: 9am – 12pm (suggested arrival time of 8am)
*Please note: Parking will be available at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Shuttle reservations are recommended to secure a shuttle time to Monticello. Please arrive by 8am to allow time for parking and security.
Cost: Free, but shuttle and tour reservations are recommended.
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Stratford – Stratford Hall’s annual Family Fun Festival is back for another year of Independence Day fun. This free event features a huge array of family-friendly activities, including face painting with Buzzy the Clown, fun and educational history tents featuring arts and crafts, colonial games, a sign your own Declaration of Independence activity, and a scavenger hunt for kids. Local food and ice cream will be available for sale, plus, “meet” Richard Henry Lee, take a free tour of the Great House, explore the beach and identify fossils with the help of the complimentary fossil identification sheets, or take a ride on Teakle’s barrel-train ride!
Time: 9:30am – 5pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
483 Great House Road
Stratford, VA 22558
Yorktown – Celebrate our independence where it all began. Experience the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence at the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown with a special line-up of events that includes tactical drills and artillery demonstrations, interactive military exercises, music, interpretive programs, and a firsthand look at challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the declaration. See a complete list of scheduled events here.
Time: 9am – 6pm
Cost: $15 for adults; $7.50 for ages 6 through 12; children under age 6 are free; combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement is $26 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12. Purchase tickets here.
*On July 4, residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.
American Revolution Museum in Yorktown
200 Water Street, Route 1020
Toll-free: (888) 593-4682
Keswick – Great wine, great music, and a great holiday. That’s what 4th of July is at Keswick Vineyards! Enjoy live bluegrass music performed by Old Dogs New Tricks Bluegrass Band and be sure to come hungry because FARMacy LLC will be serving up their delicious superfood tacos and The SpiceSea Gourmet will be here with their delectable seafood selections. Bring the whole family and don’t miss the fun! Pets are invited, too, just be sure they’re on a leash unless they’re in the dog park.
Time: 12pm – 4pm
1575 Keswick Winery Drive
Keswick, VA 22947
Virginia Beach – Head to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for one of the area’s most festive summer events. Every year, thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach come out for this “star-spangled” salute on July 4! With fun for the whole family, there will be multiple live performances on oceanfront stages, with everything from patriotic and classical to tribute bands. Then be sure to stick around until dark and watch fireworks over the ocean.
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Virginia Beach Oceanfront (Live on Atlantic)
On the beach at 24th Street, 17th Street Park, and 31st Street Park
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 385-SURF (7873)
**Get details and information about parking here.
Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2019
Wintergreen – Celebrates the birthday of our nation’s independence at Wintergreen Resort’s annual July 4th Jubilee. family friendly, four-day bash will have something for everyone. The festivities include live outdoor music, a Family Adventure Race, scenic chairlift rides, a block party just for the kids, movies under the stars, bonfires and storytelling, magi shows, and much more. Plus, all week long, you’ll find specially themed meals, happy hours, and a pop-up tiki bar.
Time: Events time vary. Click here to see a full schedule of events.
Cost: This event is open to Wintergreen guests. Call (855) 699-1858 for reservations or click here for accommodation information.
Wintergreen, VA 22958
Friday, July 5, 2019
Urbanna – Couldn’t find fireworks on July 4th? Don’t worry! There’s still time to celebrate the 4th with a bang – on the 5th at the Urbanna Town Marina. Fireworks begin at dusk, so be sure to get there early to set up chairs or blankets, then sit back with family and friends and enjoy the show.
Time: Fireworks begin at dusk.
Urbanna Town Marina
210 Oyster Road
Urbanna, VA 23175
For information, call the Town of Urbanna at (804) 758-2613
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Smith Mountain Lake – Get ready for one Smith Mountain Lake’s most anticipated events of the year! See the lake light up at the annual Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks and Fire Company Fundraiser. The event will be held at Parkway Marina and features an evening of family fun, including live music the Worxx, the YMCA Kids’ Zone, The Parkway Marina Carousel, and a dazzling fireworks display at the end of the night. See a schedule of events here.
Time: Music begins at 5:30pm and fireworks will begin shortly after dark.
Cost: $10/person with all proceeds benefitting the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company (SVFC); Kids 12 and under are free; Parking is Free. YMCA Kids’ Zone is $5 for unlimited activities.
16918 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy
Huddleston, VA 24104
Saunders Volunteer Fire Company: (540) 297-4412