Leading up to the fireworks display, the famous Fifes and Drums of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation perform a concert of patriotic music on a stage behind the Courthouse on Market Square.
Day celebration and starts at 8:15
As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.
Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.
Williamsburg VA- Four Nights of Fantastic Fireworks at Busch Gardens as it Celebrates Independence Day 2011- Prepare to “ooh” and “aah” as the sky above the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” explodes with color to top off Independence Day festivities. Celebrate America’s birthday at Busch Gardens with four nights of patriotic fireworks set to music July 1 – 4. The fireworks extravaganza, “Boom ‘n July,” is included with park admission and begins each night at 9:15 p.m..
The villages of Oktoberfest and San Marco are prime viewing areas for the fireworks show.
Guests also can dine in the park’s Black Forest Picnic area behind Das Festhaus during a pre-fireworks buffet that also includes access to an exclusive fireworks-viewing area near Festhaus park. Dinner seating begins at 8:30 p.m.. For more information on the Boom ‘n July fireworks or to make dinner reservations, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946. FYI there are now fireworks from every night ,June 27th –August 21 at Busch Gardens as part of their IllumiNights, A Busch Gardens Encore. This park-wide, outdoor celebration combines live performances, music, special effects and fabulous fireworks for 56 evenings this summer.
LOCALS TIPS: For those trying to watch the Busch Gardens fireworks for free, don’t try to park on the flyover from Interstate 64. Police will move you along. There are a few places to view them along Rt 60 and Rt 143
The 29th annual "Ice Cream Social" has become a tradition for locals and visitors and is sponsored by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
Money raised from the social helps support the auxiliary’s community programs, including free mammogram, bone density and health screenings for the uninsured, scholarship programs, pediatric gift bags in emergency, chemo cap program and holiday tray favors for patients
The event takes place 4:30-7 p.m. July 4, 2011 in the Wren yard in front of William & Mary. Sponsored by the auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional medical Center. Music by Smith Wade Band. Ice cream, cake, hot dogs, soft drinks, raffle prizes, games, face-painting.
A HUGE scoop of ice cream and some homemade cake costs $3. Hot dogs will be sold for $3 and soft drinks will be $1.
There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather. Rain date is July 5th.
Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family !
Yorktown Fourth of July Fireworks. 9:15 p.m. over the York River. The best viewing areas are along the waterfront and at the Yorktown Victory Monument. The beach picnic area will not be open to the public as it will be used as the launch site for the fireworks show. Visitors are urged to arrive in Yorktown before 5:30 p.m. for the fireworks show due to heavy traffic. Once the parking area has reached capacity, the entire town will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Visitors are urged to arrive in Yorktown before 5:30 p.m. for the fireworks show due to heavy traffic volumes. Once the parking area has reached capacity, the entire town will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Visitors arriving early for the fireworks show are encouraged to enjoy the following activities:
- 4 p.m. The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument
- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children’s Fun & Games Area – Main and Nelson Streets
- 5 p.m. Voices of the Yorktown Chorale – Victory Monument
- 5:30 p.m. The Story Behind the Hallowed Words of the Pledge of Allegiance– Presented by Guy Manchester – Victory Monument
- 6 p.m. Parade on Historic Main Street – Begins at Main & Ballard Streets, heading toward the Victory Monument – background music by U.S. Coast Guard Band
- 7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Victory Monument
- 8 p.m. U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band – Victory Monument
- 9:15 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display over the York River
For a complete schedule and detailed information on the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth
Secret Viewing Spots From Locals:
Watch the Yorktown Fireworks aboard a boat on the York River. The reflection of the fireworks against the water is magnificent.
Rent a room at The Duke of York Motel in Yorktown. “Viewing from the fourth floor pool area is exquisite,”.
The Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration Committee recommends viewing from the Victory Monument. Fireworks are launched from the beach picnic area directly below the monument.
Parking in Yorktown is difficult. Arrive early enough to score a spot in the parking deck at Riverwalk. From there, it’s a short left down Water Street to the Colonial Parkway or Route 17.
In addition here is my 2011 annual list of area fireworks and 4th of July celebrations for the Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA areas . I will continue to update it as information is received.
Other Independence Day Celebrations / Fireworks in Hampton Roads VA:
View Independence Day fireworks at any of our region’s displays this weekend, and ooh and ahh en masse. Or watch the sky light up from the relative privacy of a neighborhood street, the top of a building, or a park bench near the water.
If I missed any please drop me a line at John@MrWilliamsburg.com If you have questions about the specific events please contact them directly. The list includes events in Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Mathews, New Kent, Newport News, Norfolk Portsmouth, Suffolk, Yorktown, Williamsburg and VA Beach, Virginia
Have any secret tips about what to do or where to park. Please add them in them in the comments section below for all to share.
Thanks and Have a Happy 4th !
Chesapeake VA Independence Day Concert & Fireworks at the Bagley
Date: Sunday, July 03, 2011
Chesapeake City Park
900 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 382-6411
Opens: 7:30:00 PM
Join us @ 7:30pm for a holiday concert with/ Fireworks on the Bagley Stage featuring the renowned “U.S. Fleet Forces Band.” Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday under the stars, featuring lively music and a fireworks finale! FREE admission. ($5 fee for site parking will help us continue this great family event!) Bring lawn chairs and/or blanket. You can purchase food at the concessions for a picnic supper.
31st Annual 4th Of July Celebration @ Lakeside Park
1441 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Monday, July 4, 2011
10 a.m Parade begins
11 a.m. Opening ceremonies and entertainment
Parade, entertainment, food, games and paddleboat rides. Lots of family fun!
Event is FREE to the public. Presented by South Norfolk Civic League and Chesapeake Parks and Recreation.
Gloucester VA- Celebration & Fireworks. A day of family fun at the beach…picnic, swim or fish. A variety of entertainment throughout the day. Gloucester Point Beach on the York River north side of the Coleman Bridge. Watch the Yorktown Fireworks here.
Enjoy the music of the Janitors from 6-9 pm sponsored by the Daffodil Festival.
Monday July 4th, 2011 10 am – 9 pm.
Hampton VA Fourth at The Fort-
Monday July 4, 2011 from 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Hampton, Virginia 23651
757 788 3151
MONROE CELEBRATES FOURTH WITH SALUTE, CONCERT, FIREWORKS
FORT MONROE, Va. – “Waiting, anticipating, for the fireworks, in the night.”
When 38 Special made a reference to fireworks in the song “Rockin’ into the Night” in 1980, it’s likely the band members had no idea that fireworks would indeed light up the night 21 years later when they perform at Fort Monroe July 4.
Their concert is one of two Independence Day events hosted by the installation.
The day begins with a mid-day Salute to the Union, followed later by the “Fourth at the Fort” evening concert featuring 38 Special with up-and-coming country artist Bradley Gaskin as the opening act. A fireworks show will follow the concert.
The day’s activities start with the traditional 50-gun salute ceremony, starting at 11:55 a.m. at Continental Park. With each of the nation’s state flags positioned on site, Garrison Commander Col. Anthony D. Reyes will give brief remarks, followed by the 105mm (towed) Howitzer tribute featuring the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Salute Battery. One round will be fired to honor each state. Afterward, guests are invited to visit with the salute battery Soldiers. The event is open to the public.
At 4 p.m., all three gates to the installation will open for the evening concert and fireworks spectacular, which takes place at Walker Airfield on Fenwick Road. The performance area will open at 5 p.m., which includes souvenir stands, and food and beverage vendors. Bradley Gaskin is slated to perform at 7 p.m., and headliner 38 Special follows at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and this event is also open to the public.
For details, call 788-3151
Note: You must have Photo ID, Drivers License and Vehicle Registration to get on the base
Mathews County July 3, at Mathews High School Athletic Field. YMCA Family Olympics with games for all ages for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., followed at 6pm (band TBD), and professional fireworks display .Food available on grounds. Free. Call (804) 725-1488.
Newport News 4th of July Stars in the Sky
Monday, July 4, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Victory Landing Park
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism will celebrate the July 4th holiday with its“4th of July Stars in the Sky” event on Monday, July 4, 2011 at Victory Landing Park(end of 23rd St. at the James River.).
At 7:00 p.m., the event begins with free children’s rides (giant slides, moon bounces, obstacle courses). Food vendors will be on site selling a variety of items including funnel cakes, seafood, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sno cones. Entertainment will be provided by A Touch of Spice (R & B/Top 40, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.) and Jeremiah Hairston (Patriotic and Popular Favorites, 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.) followed by a spectacular fireworks show set to music at 9:30 p.m. over the James River by the internationally award–winning fireworks company Pyrotecnico. The first 2,000 people in attendance will receive a free light-up pom-pom.
The 4th of July Stars in the Sky is sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries; the Daily Press, BOB FM, WTAR, and WNIS.
7:00 p.m. Event opens; food vendors and free Children’s Rides
A Touch of Spice (R & B, Top 40)
8:00 p.m. Jeremiah Hairston (Patriotic and Popular Favorites)\
8:30 p.m. A Touch of Spice (R & B, Top 40)
9:30 p.m. Fireworks
More info: www.nnparks.com.
Norfolk VA The 29th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks @ Town Point Park… located at the tip of Norfolk’s Downtown on the Elizabeth River, is the site of Norfolk’s daylong Independence Day Celebration. Lots of Musical Acts and Entertainment start in the afternoon, and end with a really big Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM.Thousands of People will turn out, but you can also view the fireworks from a variety of `less crowded‘ spots nearby. July 4th at Town Point Park activities begin at 5 PM and end at 10 PM.
Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park from 5pm-10pm! Guests can feast on traditional All American Fair, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, lemonade… with all the fixin’s and much more!
Relax on the lawn and enjoy patriotic sounds by United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. Then watch as the sky lights up with the fireworks display at 9:30pm! This Fireworks show, boosted by the postponed Harborfest show, will be the biggest and best in Hampton Roads!
Norfolk VA The Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration, Friday night July 1st, 2011 .music by The Janitors at 6 p.m, fireworks (9:30 p.m.) and more. 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Ocean View Beach Park, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk. 441-2345. www.festevents.org. The TGOV Beach Music Concert Series is a great way to start the weekend with Live Music on the Chesapeake Bay, children’s activities, cornhole games, food, beverages and more! TGOV begins July 1 and runs every Friday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm through August 26, 2011.
Portsmouth VA 4th of July Fireworks over the Elizabeth River
Date: Monday, July 04, 2011
On the Elizabeth River between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth
Crawford Parkway, between Washington and North Streets
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone1: (757) 393-5111 Portsmouth Visitor Information Center
Opens: 9:30:00 PM
View Independence Day Fireworks from the Seawall in Olde Towne Portsmouth or along Crawford Parkway, between Washington Street and North Street.
Suffolk, VA Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Date: Monday, July 04, 2011
Constant’s Wharf Park
100 East Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone2: (866) SEE-SUFK Suffolk Visitor Center Toll Free
Celebrate Independence Day Suffolk-style with fireworks, live music, food and family fun at the Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina in downtown Suffolk on the Nansemond River. Free and open to the public.
Date: Monday, July 04, 2011
Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: (757) 385-2990
Opens: 4:00:00 PM
Celebrate America’s birthday and salute the military with live main stage musical entertainment, children’s activities and delicious festival foods! The night concludes with a BANG – ooh and ahh at our fabulous fireworks display that will fill the summer sky. Free and open to the public with on-site (fee), sponsored by The City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Experience the Fun!
VA Beach Stars and Stripes Explosion
Date: Monday, July 04, 2011
Virginia Beach oceanfront
on the beach at 20th Street and in the 17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 491-SUNN
Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages attract tens of thousands of visitors and residents of Hampton Roads to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion! Musical acts offer something for everyone with tribute bands saluting some of the biggest names in music. FREE EVENT!!
From 8:00pm-9:30pm, a stage erected right on the beach at 20th Street becomes the focal point for performances by Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach) together with the Virginia Beach Chorale. This musical program encompasses patriotic songs, Broadway standards, movie themes, and folk music.
The show segues into a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm that explodes over the ocean in a burst of colors and patterns!