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Fireworks and 4th of July Events around Hampton Roads VA-2012

Here is my 2012 annual list of area fireworks and 4th of July celebrations for the Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA areas .

View Independence Day fireworks at any of our region’s displays this year, 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, Portsmouth, Smithfield Suffolk, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Windsor 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

Celebrate America’s Birthday with the TRADOC Command Band!

Join us July 3 for a holiday concert w/ Fireworks @ 7:30. Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday under the stars, featuring lively music and a fireworks finale! FREE admission. ($5 fee for on-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.

July 3, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Event Parking opens 5 p.m. / Concert starts 7:30 p.m.

Free Admission / $5 on-site Parking Fee

Location: Grassfield High School
2007 Grizzly Way, Chesapeake VA 23323

Mathews

MATHEWS 14th ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Mathews County will hold its Independence Day fireworks display on Saturday, July 7 at Mathews High School.

Sunday, July 8, is the rain date. The event will include music and refreshments. The fireworks show is expected to begin around 9-9:15 p.m

A section of Route 14/198 directly in front of Mathews High School will be closed immediately before and during the fireworks display. Additionally, the picnic area/playground near the baseball field will be closed in the afternoon and evening of the fireworks show.

Food Vendors with traditional Independence Day fare
Free Admission

Shuttle buses service from Thomas Hunter at 7pm to MHS

Newport News

The Virginia Living Museum is hosting its annual Spirit of America laser light show throughout Independence Day week. On July 4, the show will be played hourly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information can be found at thevlm.org.

Everyone is invited to the Virginia Peninsula’s biggest Fourth of July party – Fourth of July Stars in the Sky at Victory Landing Park. This waterside park, which offers spectacular views of the James River, is filled with 30,000 people who come to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The evening begins as crowds gather to enjoy summer’s favorite foods from a variety of vendors and children check out the rides and crafts. As dusk approaches, the stage comes alive with the music of a nationally-known entertainer. As the last note from the concert ends, the sky over the James River explodes with a kaleidoscope of color in a spectacular fireworks show. Free parking. Victory Landing Park is located at exit 6 from I-664,

.The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in Victory Landing Park, along 23rd Street and will include children’s rides, music performances and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Music by Cheap Thrills (7pm) and Carbon Leaf (8:15pm), , 926-1400.

People are allowed to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnic baskets. Alcohol is prohibited. Food vendors will also be on site.

New Kent

Colonial Downs will hold a fireworks display near the track’s first turn on July 4. Evening horse races will be followed by the celebration that includes live music, entertainment and food. More information can be found at colonialdowns.com.

A special holiday horse racing, live music & fireworks celebration, plus an "After Party"! Special post time of 5 PM.

General admission is $5, and kids 12 & under are FREE!

Fireworks will be shot midway around the first turn this year & general admission attendees will be allowed access to the dirt track after the races to get a better view of the fireworks display!

Norfolk

The Shore Thing Concert & Independence Day Celebration
Start your 4th of July Celebration off early with a BANG! On Friday, June 29, 2012 from 6pm -10 pm, celebrate our Nation’s birthday at Ocean View Beach Park! This Patriotic beach party is sure to jump-start the weekend with family fun that includes great music, food, beverages, children’s activities and more! Dance to live music by Atlantic Groove starting at 6pm and experience a spectacular fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay at 9:30pm.

Where: Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk, VA
When: Friday, June 29, 2012; 6pm-10pm

The 30th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks

Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring family and friends down to Town Point Park from 5pm-10pm! Guests can feast on traditional All-American Fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, lemonade… with all the fixin’s and much more! While waiting for the fireworks show at 9:30pm, relax on the lawn and enjoy the upbeat melodies of the Olde James River Jazz Band performing on the main stage at 6:15pm followed by the patriotic sounds of the 50-piece United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at 8 pm.

Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, VA
Wednesday, July 4, 2012; 5pm-10pm
Admission: FREE and open to the public
Special Notes: Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Coolers, food and soft drinks are permitted.
No alcohol or glass is permitted.

For more information about both events, including hours, park regulations, parking and surrounding attractions, visit festevents.org or call 757-441-2345.

Tides baseball post-game fireworks, Tides vs. Syracuse Chiefs. Game time: 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk. 622-2222.

Portsmouth

4th of July Fireworks over the Elizabeth River
Date: July 04, 2012
On the Elizabeth River between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth
Crawford Parkway, between Washington and North Streets
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone (757) 393-5111 Portsmouth Visitor Information Center
9:30:00 PM
Smithfield

Town of Smithfield Fireworks Display
Tuesday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m.

Clontz Park and the pier area will be closed for the day on July 3rd to prepare for the fireworks show. Guests can enjoy views of the fireworks from the beginning of the 400 block of S. Church Street through the 100 block of N. Church Street and also along the Commerce Street area.
For further information call (757) 365-6325.

Suffolk

Stars & Stripes Spectacular featuring Island Boy

Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina
110 E. Constance Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
6 – 9pm. (Fireworks Rain Date: July 20, 2012)

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. Fireworks at 9pm

Music by Island Boy.

 

VA Beach

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. 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!

Mount Trashmore Park
Wednesday, July 4 | 4 pm – 10 pm
Celebrate America’s independence with live music, delicious foods, children’s activities, and of course, booming fireworks! Admission and limited onsite parking is free.
Schedule of Events
4-8 pm | Children’s Activities
5-6 pm | Texas Roadhouse Line Dancers & Andy the Armadillo
6-7 pm | Local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau
8:15-9:30 pm | Country artists, The Beadle Brothers​
9:30 pm | Fireworks

Celebrate America’s birthday with live main stage musical entertainment, children’s activities and delicious 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 parking (fee), sponsored by The City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Experience the Fun!

Town of Windsor Fireworks Display
Wednesday, July 4 .

Patriotic activities and fireworks are planned for the Town of Windsor. Robinson Park will host a car show from 3pm – 7pm, youth bands from 3pm – 6:30pm, a children’s parade at 6pm, food will be served at 6:30pm, additional patriotic music from 6:30pm – til Dark and, a corn hole tournament beginning at 6:30pm. Fireworks will begin at Dark at Windsor High School.
For further information call (757) 365-3625.

Williamsburg

There’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made. Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this  July 4th.

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.

More info on Williamsburg July 4th activities here

Celebrate our country’s birthday with two nights of fantastic fireworks on July 3rd and 4th 2012 at Busch Gardens

Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. This spectacular fireworks show blends dazzling color with an original score that can be viewed throughout the park. It’s the perfect summertime capstone to a wonderful day at the Williamsburg theme park.

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
July 4th
9:00 AM – 9:15 PM
Event Website

In historic Yorktown, salute America along the Yorktown waterfront beginning with a 9 a.m. patriotic parade on Water Street and during its evening Independence Day Celebration, featuring a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m. and patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, followed by spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m.

The 33rd annual Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4. Activities taking place in Historic Yorktown will include:

 8 a.m. Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5K Walk – York High School

 9 a.m. Parade on Water Street – music provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Band at Riverwalk Landing

 4 p.m. Event Parking opens Corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street

 7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 8 p.m. Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing Orchestra – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 9:15 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display over the York River

 9:45 p.m. Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing Orchestra – Riverwalk Landing Stage

For additional event information, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth  or call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

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