Fourth of July – Independence Day Guide for Families

The Fourth of July 2018 is almost here!  Take a look at all the great events around town.

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 July 4th

Liberty Or Death, Public Reenactment.  10:45am and 1pm shows.  Historic St John’s Church.  Celebrate America’s birthday! The Declaration of Independence will be read. The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history.  This event will sell out.

Independence Day Celebration.  9am-5pm.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. It’s a day full of star-spangled festivities, including live music, a scavenger hunt, highlights gallery tours, picnicking on the lawn, a photo booth, historic reenactors, and a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony.   From 11am-Noon kids can enjoy Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear.

Henrico County’s Red, White and Lights July 4th Event.  5pm-10pm. Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road.  “Red, White and Lights” is a free, annual family-friendly event that features patriotic entertainment, a family fun zone, food trucks and a finale featuring the Richmond Symphony and a laser light show.  5:00pm – Gates Open. 5:00-8:00pm – Family Fun Zone.  6:00pm – Plunky & Oneness. 8:00pm – Richmond Symphony.  9:15pm – Fireworks & Laser-Light Show.  Plan to arrive early and bring your chairs and blankets.  Free.

Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration.  Gates Open at 5pm; fireworks at dark.  Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), 10300 Courthouse Road.  Celebrate independence with a spectacular fireworks display at dark!  Includes an activity area for children, food vendors and special entertainment. No alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks are allowed. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended. Limited parking, and the roads leading to fairgrounds will be closed at 8:30pm or when the parking lots are full.   No rain date.   Fee for some children’s activities.  Free.

CarMax Free Fourth of July.  9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  FREE admission to the garden all day.   Activities in Children’s Garden 1 – 4pm.   The free admission includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.  Free.

Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks 6pm.  Independence Day Celebration with a Declaration of Independence reading at 7pm, Richmond Concert Band at 7:30pm and Fireworks at dark.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game and Independence Day Celebration.  6:35.  The Diamond. Post-game Fireworks Celebration.  One of a kind Nutzy Grateful Squirrel Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 1,000 15 and up. The first of two nights featuring live music by The Hashbury Collective! Gates open at 5:30 p.m.  Limited General Admission Seating Available – Call Today.  Fee.

Beaverdam Independence Day Parade and Celebration.   10am-2pm.  18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015.  The parade starts at 10 am.  There will be children’s activities and a Miss Beaverdam Competition.  Free.

Colonial Heights Fireworks Display.   In the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights.   Viewing 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. Rain date July 5th.  Free.