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Hampton Roads VA July 4th Fireworks/ Events 2014

imageHere is my 2014 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,  Newport News, Portsmouth, Smithfield Suffolk, Urbanna, 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: 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.

Chesapeake City Park  Address: 900 Greenbrier Parkway , Chesapeake, VA 23320 Thursday, July 03, 2014 (5:00 PM)

Hampton-With several special events along with our usual popular attractions, you and your whole family can spend Independence Day at Fort Monroe. During the day, you can visit the beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier. City of Hampton lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am – 6 pm.  At 10 am there will be a flag raising ceremony to honor the life of President James Monroe, our fifth President and for whom Fort Monroe was named after.  Then stop by the Casemate Museum to explore the military history of Fort Monroe and gather your Fort Monroe National Monument Junior Ranger program information and Passport stamps. Family fun activities will be offered in the Wherry Quarter of Fort Monroe.  The Music by the Bay Summer Concert at the Wherry Quarter will feature the US Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble.  The concert will begin at 8 pm.  Food vendors will be onsite.   Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. . Fireworks—this year, Fort Monroe will present a new twist on Fourth of July fireworks! Instead of a traditional aerial fireworks show, a 12 minute close proximity show will be launched from the top of the fortress wall at 9:15 pm. This show, presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA, will highlight the unique features of the stone fort and offer a view of the Fort never seen before. Close proximity fireworks offer a more entertaining show and use less space. They are intended to be viewed within a close distance so that the pyrotechnics can be seen from the ground up. The ideal location to view the fireworks is just north of Outlook Beach, along Fenwick Road from the East Gate to Stillwell Road.

Mathews MATHEWS 16th ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Mathews High School Food Vendors with traditional Independence Day fare
Free Admission, Shuttle bus service from Thomas Hunter starting at 7pm to MHS. Rain dates are the 5th and 6th. For details call 725-1488 or Charles at 725-3236

Newport News-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, just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and all Newport News attractions.

 Victory Landing Park ,50 26th Street ,Newport News, VA 23605

Norfolk  July 4 – Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks 5pm – 10pm – Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.!

Portsmouth – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration – 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks light up the sky in celebration of our Nations birthday.  View the fireworks from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. The right side of the river!

Smithfield  July brings fireworks to Isle of Wight County! On July 3rd bring the family to Clontz Park in Smithfield, and on July 4th come out to Windsor High School in Windsor to watch the spectacular array of color light up the night sky.

Suffolk  Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 5:30pm with entertainment, children’s activities, local merchandise vendors and food choices available. The fireworks show will begin at 9pm, for the whole family to enjoy! Free and open to the public.

Constant’s Wharf Park 100 East Constance Road , Suffolk, VA 23434

Surry – July 3 – Fourth of July Fireworks and Entertainment – 4pm – 11pm – Celebrate the 4th with fireworks and entertainment

Urbanna It’s all about quaint family fun on the rivers at the Town of Urbanna 4th of July celebrations!  Bring your boat, rent a boat, charter a boat or hang out on the shore!  There will be music and food at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point, a Boat Parade on Urbanna Creek with a contest for the best boat decorations. And of course Fireworks over Urbanna Creek!! Come enjoy the ease of coastal life and share in the fun!  Address: 45 Cross Street Urbanna, VA 23175

Virginia Beach – July 4 – 4th of July Celebration at First Landing SP – 10am – 9pm – Come out for a day full of fun events celebrating our Independence Day! All activities will begin under the big tent at the end of the main boardwalk on the beach. This fantastic day of fanfare will end with our annual fireworks display.

Virginia Beach – July 4 – July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore – 4pm -10pm – 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 with on-site parking (fee).

Virginia Beach – July 4 – Stars and Stripes Explosion – 8pm – Close – Great music, fun in the sun, and breathtaking fireworks over the ocean! Enjoy the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Beach Chorale as they perform on a stage built right on the beach at 20th Street.

Virginia Beach – July 4th4th of July Fireworks at Sandbridge Beach – 6:30pm – 9pm -At 6:30 pm on July 4, the annual Boat Parade will begin. The Fireworks display will start at 9:00 pm and be set off from the Mill Pond at Sand Bend Road and Back Bay Crescent. A July 5 rain date is scheduled.

Williamsburg – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration at Colonial Williamsburg – 10am – 10pm – Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for a vibrant and patriotic celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks – you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Williamsburg Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, “Star Spangled Nights” July 3 through Aug. 10. This event inspires park-goers through fireworks, moving original soundscapes and unforgettable environments. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.  A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3 – 5 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Yorktown -Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day Celebration, 9 am.

Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront!  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m.; a patriotic concert at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Landing stage; and, a spectacular fireworks show on the York River at 9:15 p.m.  For complete information, visit the July 4th website.

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July 4th Events in Hampton Roads 2013

imageJoin the celebration of our nation’s 237th birthday in the Hampton Roads area with parties and pyrotechnics. You’ll find plenty of music, food, games, fireworks and fun out there. However you choose to honor Independence Day, be safe. Here’s a list of some of the region’s festivities in alphabetical order

THURSDAY July 4th-2013

Chesapeake VA 4th of July Celebration, parade, entertainment, games, food and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lakeside Park, Chesapeake. War Memorial Ceremony at

Gloucester VA- Join us on July 4th for a great day at the beach…Gloucester Point Beach Park – Enjoy a great Fireworks Display at dark, sponsored by Yorktown July 4th Committee Enjoy live music  from 6-9 pm – 1255 Greate Road, Gloucester Point.
East of Coleman Bridge on the York River

Hampton VA -Music by the Bay
, features U.S. Fleet Forces Band – Wind Ensemble. 7-8 p.m. Continental Park, Fort Monroe, Hampton. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 251-2754. www.fmauthority.com.

Hampton Military Appreciation Day. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. July 4. The Freedom Support Center is hosting a free event for active duty service members, veterans and their families just north of Outlook Beach at Fort Monroe. Special guests include Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell. Military identification is required to attend. http://fscmilitaryappreciationday.eventbrite.com/ .

HamptonParadise Ocean Club. Country music artist Kip Moore performs at 7 p.m. at the Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe. Tickets: $15-$35. http://paradiseoceanclub.com

Mathews VA-MATHEWS 15th ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Mathews High School
Food Vendors with traditional Independence Day fare
Free Admission. Shuttle buses service from Thomas Hunter at 7pm to MHS. Rain dates are the 5th and 6th. For details call 725-1488 or Charles at 725-3236

New Kent –Racing to the Stars and Stripes at Colonial Downs. 5 p.m. July 4. A holiday celebration with horse racing, fireworks, live patriotic music with the York River Concert Band, a family-themed "after party" with magician Jonathan Austin, Proverbial in concert, free ice cream and more. $5-$30. Colonial Downs. colonialdowns.com.noon on the Holly Avenue side of the park. 382-6411.

Newport News -Classic Cruisers 4th of July Car Show, all makes. Benefits Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. 10 a.m. Cheeseburger in Paradise, 12361 Hornsby Lane, Newport News. 890-9434.www.ccccofva.org.

Newport News"Spirit of America" in the Abbitt Planetarium, 4th of July laser display mixes patriotic music with America-inspired rock ‘n’ roll and songs that have defined American music. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. 595-1900.www.thevlm.org/Spirit-of-America.aspx.

Newport News VA -4th of July Stars in the Sky, children’s rides, food vendors, entertainment by United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, fireworks and more. 7-10 p.m. Victory Landing Park, 23rd Street at the James River, Newport News. 926-1400. www.nngov.com.

Norfolk-Fireworks Cruise aboard the American Rover, narrated sail of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor featuring live music by an acoustic guitarist and the Independence Day fireworks show. 7:30-10 p.m. Waterside Festival Marketplace, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 627-7245.www.americanrover.com.

Norfolk VA -31st annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks, features traditional all-American fare and patriotic sounds by United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, fireworks (9:30 p.m.) and more. 5-10 p.m. Town Point Park, Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 441-2345. www.festevents.org.

Smithfield-Fireworks in downtown Smithfield take place a day early, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, from Robert S. Clontz Memorial Park. Fireworks will also be visible from downtown Smithfield and along the Pagan River near downtown. Clontz park is located off North Church Street on the northern banks of the Pagan River. The park is equipped with a gazebo, picnic tables and fishing pier. http://www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/parks-and-recreation/  or 357-2291.

Suffolk VA -Stars & Stripes Spectacular, music (Hotcakes), food, children’s activities, fireworks (9 p.m.) and more. 6-9:30 p.m. Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina, 110 E. Constance Road, Suffolk. 514-7250.www.suffolkva.us/parks/events.

Suffolk VA-Fourth of July Celebration, 11 a.m. opening ceremony followed by bike and float parade. Games and inflatables (noon-3 p.m.), raft race at Chuckatuck Creek (3 p.m.), fireworks (9 p.m.). Baked goods and lunch for sale; proceeds go to mission projects. Nate Sparks Band performs. Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1589 Steeple Drive, Suffolk. www.ebenezerchurch.net.

VA Beach -Stars & Stripes Explosion, fireworks (9:30 p.m.), music and more at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Music: Chester B’s MoTown Tribute Show (8 p.m. 17th Street Stage), Symphonicity with the Virginia Beach Chorale (8 p.m. 20th Street on the Beach), The English Channel (7 and 10 p.m. 24th Street Park), 2U (7:30 p.m. 31st Street Park) and Almost Journey (9:15 p.m. 31st Street Park). 491-7866.www.beachstreetusa.com.

VA Beach -July 4th Celebration, music (User Friendly and Strictly Bizzness), games, food, fireworks (9:30 p.m.) and children’s activities. 4-10 p.m. Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach. 385-2990. www.vbgov.com/specialevents.

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration, salute America with a patriotic parade on Water Street at 9 a.m., bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m., fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St., Yorktown. 890-3500.www.visityorktown.org.

Yorktown VA -Liberty Celebration, military exercises, role-playing demonstrations, museum galleries and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Saturday. Yorktown Victory Center, 200 Water Street. 253-4838.www.historyisfun.org.

Williamsburg VA Patriotic Fireworks Tribute, 9:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg. 800-343-7946. www.buschgardens.com/va.IllumiNights at Busch Gardens. July 1 through Aug. 11. A nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects culminating in a park-wide fireworks spectacular. .

Williamsburg -Colonial Williamsburg. Events on Thursday, July 4, are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will play a salute to the original 13 states at 10 a.m. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, a concert by the Fifes and Drums at 5:30 p.m., an 8 p.m. concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Governor’s Palace Green, and a grand, old fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. Free. Preferred seating for the Virginia Symphony performance can be purchased for $45.  757-229-2141 or 1-800-447-8679.

July 4th events in Williamsburg VA 2013

imageThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  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 in Williamsburg 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.

Independence Day Celebration

Light up Your Independence Day at America’s Birthplace

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Independence Day in “The Revolutionary City”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the evening Independence Day Celebration, including a lively picnic in the Palace Garden and performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

July 4th, 2012 Event Schedule, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

More info here

Event Schedule

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse

noon
A Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse

5–7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration: Food,
Fanfare & Fireworks

Casual come-and-go evening
Reservations required

5–7:30 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Alumni Perform on Market Square

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8–9:30 p.m.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor’s Palace
Reservations required for exclusive seating

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use the FREE shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

*Buses to “The Revolutionary City” will not run during the fireworks. Please plan to arrive early.

Enhanced  Trolley Service on July 4th-2013

Starting to dread the traffic and parking hassles on the 4th of July?  The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) is offering a great alternative.

Park at New Town or High Street and ride one of the three trolleys scheduled to run at approximately 15 minute intervals.   
The Trolley will begin its normal service at 12:00 p.m. and run until 11:00 p.m.  Passengers can ride all day for only $2.00.

As an added bonus, starting at 5:00 p.m., the first 200 children on the Trolley will receive a Patriotic Glow Necklace or Bracelet.
For more information on the Williamsburg Trolley please call WATA 757-220-5493 or visit their website to view the new trolley route and schedule.

williamsburg trolley

4th of July Ice Cream Social

A Sentara Williamsburg  Community Hospital Auxiliary event with proceeds used for
equipment, free screenings, training and scholarships

The 31st 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, 2013 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.
The social has become an ideal place to spend some time before the gala fireworks display in the Historic Area at night fall.

This is a a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather.

Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family !

Nearby July 4th events

FIFTY NIGHTS OF FIREWORKS KICKS-OFF @ Busch Gardens

Join Busch Gardens Williamsburg  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.

  • Event runs July 1 – August 11 ,2013
  • Enjoy special shows in each country at 5:30, 6:30, 8 and 9 p.m..
  • Each night enjoy a fireworks spectacular starting at 9:30 p.m..
    Event Website

Busch Gardens is the source for nighttime fun this summer when IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore returns with 50 nights of spectacular live performances throughout the park followed by nightly fireworks. Guests can visit Ireland for The Legend of Killarney, where larger-than-life puppets spin a magical tale of leprechauns and a lost fortune. In France, Voila! transports families to the bustling streets of Paris where outdoor performances including exciting ladder walkers entertain park guests. In Italy, lush gardens transform into a stage for an Italian strength troupe at Giardino Magico. In addition to the other night-time entertainment, Germany’s Oktoberfest Plaza is turned upside down with colorful characters and crazy critters at the all-new Wunderbarn!. Henrik and Helga, owners of the zany Black Forest Farms lead the German festivities that build to a rollicking finale with park guests’ favorite, The Chicken Dance. Park performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and culminate with the park’s signature Tour de Force: 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
07/04/2013
9:00 AM – 9:15 PM
Event Website

Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront!  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m.; a patriotic concert at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Landing stage; and, a spectacular fireworks show on the York River at 9:15 p.m.  For complete information, visit the July 4th website. Free. (757) 890-3500

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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. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band ( Dixie Band) – Riverwalk Landing Stage

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

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

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.

Celebrate the 4th in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA 2011

imageThere’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 Sunday, July 4th.

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.

Learn more about  4th of July celebrations. in Williamsburg VA and here

imageWilliamsburg 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.
The social has become an ideal place to spend some time before the gala fireworks display in the Historic Area at night fall.

This is a a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

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.

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4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA-2010

 
Here is my 2010 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 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, New Kent, Newport News, 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: Saturday, July 03, 2010
Chesapeake City Park
900 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 382-6411
Email: prgeneral@cityofchesapeake.net
Opens: 7:30:00 PM
Children Welcome
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. 

Chesapeake VA 4th of July Celebration at Lakeside Park
Date: Saturday, July 03, 2010
Lakeside Park
1441 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone: (757) 382-6411
Email: prgeneral@cityofchesapeake.net
Opens: 10:00:00 AM
Closes: 4:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Parade, entertainment, food, games and paddleboat rides. Event is FREE to the public.

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.
Sunday July 4th, 2010 10 am – 9 pm.
(804) 693-2355.

Hampton VA Fourth at The Fort-

Sunday July 4, 2010 from 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Fourth at the fort Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe
Hampton, Virginia 23651
757 788 3151
Get Directions

This lively celebration of our nation’s independence takes place at the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. Enjoy live music, children’s games and rides, food and beverages, military exhibits and of course, fireworks! Walker Field. Free.

Free Concert:
Emily West performs at 7pm
Jimmy Wayne at 815pm
:
Fort Monroe MWR: (757) 788-3151

Note: You must have Photo ID, Drivers License and Vehicle Registration to get on the base

 
Mathews County  Sunday, July 4, at Mathews High School Athletic Field. YMCA Family Olympics with games for all ages for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., followed at 7 p.m., Riptide (band), and professional fireworks display until 11 p.m. Food available on grounds. Free. Call (804) 725-1488.

Newport New Va 4th of July Stars in the Sky
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Victory Landing Park
50 26th Street
Newport News, VA 23605
Phone: (757) 926-1400
Opens: 6:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
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, just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and all Newport News attractions.

4th of july colonial downsNew Kent VA Colonial Downs’ "Racing to the Stars and Stripes"
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010 Colonial Downs
10151 Colonial Downs Parkway
New Kent, VA 23124
Phone: (804) 966-RACE
Opens: 5:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Admission Fee
Children Welcome
Enjoy a horse racing/live concert/fireworks tripleheader at a special 5:00 PM post time. After the fireworks, stick around for a live concert, entertainment, free ice cream, kids activities & a $500 cash harborfest fireworksgiveaway! Get the best seats in the house & buy a trackside "Blast Zone" Table for 4 — you’ll have the best vantage point for the fireworks! 

Norfolk VA   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 2 PM and end at 10 PM.

Norfolk VA
  The Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration, 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.

 

4th of july portsmouth va Portsmouth VA 4th of July Fireworks over the Elizabeth River
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
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
Phone2: (757) 441-2345 Norfolk’s Festevents
Email: festevents@festevents.org
Opens: 9:30:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Pets Welcome
View Independence Day Fireworks from the Seawall in Olde Towne Portsmouth or along Crawford Parkway, between Washington Street and North Street. Cradock’s Historic Patriotic Salute begins with a children’s bike parade at Afton Parkway and George Washington Highway at 9:30 a.m. Music and a flag ceremony continue at the Cradock gazebo.

 
Suffolk, VA Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Constant’s Wharf Park
100 East Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone2: (866) SEE-SUFK Suffolk Visitor Center Toll Free
Children Welcome
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. 

Mt Trashmore Va Beach July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: (757) 385-2990
Email: smoore@vbgov.com
Opens: 4:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
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 fireworks VA Beach Stars and Stripes Explosion
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
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 Virginia Beach Visitor Center
Children Welcome
Multiple performance venues at the oceanfront attract thousands of out-of-town visitors and locals alike for a "Star-Spangled" salute to this great country of ours! With a program that encompasses patriotic songs, Broadway tunes, movie themes and folk music, nostalgia reigns as the presentation segues into a magical fireworks show that explodes over the oceanfront. Stars and Stripes Explosion is an unabashed tribute to the United States of America.

colonial williamsburg fourth of july Williamsburg VA –Colonial Williamsburg’s Fourth of July Activities celebrate the founding of a nation.

The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Virginian Thomas Jefferson, was adopted July 4th, 1776. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with Fifes and Drums, militia parades, and Colonial Williamsburg’s famous Historic Area fireworks. Colonial Williamsburg offers programs throughout the day that honor the birth of our nation.

At 10 a.m. on Market Square, Salute to the States kicks off the day’s programming. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation honors the 13 original colonies. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums play while the flags of each state are displayed. Muskets and cannon fire salute the event.  No ticket is required to attend.

At 11 a.m. on the Capitol Green, guests can witness the program, The Times that Try Men’s Souls: An American Patriot Speaks about Revolution. Patriot Patrick Henry recalls the origins of the American Revolution in Williamsburg and remembers important lessons in citizenship learned in the colonial capital.  He challenges citizens to consider what independence might mean, and what their rights are and responsibilities will be in a self-governing republic. No ticket is required to attend this event.

At 11:35 a.m. in the backyard of the Coffeehouse, catch The Promised Land. Gowan Pamphlet, a popular 18th-century African American Baptist preacher, talks about his hopes for the future in a new society where all citizens are equal and where there will be no state church connected with the government.  A young soldier confronts him with questions of faith in the face of war and world-changing events. No ticket is required to attend this event.

At 12:30 p.m. at Capital Circle on Duke of Gloucester Street, A Declaration of Independence will take place. The Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg.  This news arrives only a few weeks after Virginia’s representatives have adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.  No ticket is required to attend this event.

Hear music from the collections of our Founding Fathers as well as some of the patriotic pieces that inspired the Revolution during Planters and Patriots: Songs of the Revolution at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.  Join the Cobham Consort for a spirited concert of political songs and popular ballads and tunes from colonial Virginia.  Admission to this program is included in all Historic Area or Museum admission passes.

At 8:15 p.m., Music for the Fireworks leads up to the fireworks display. The Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music on stage behind the Courthouse. No ticket is required to attend this event.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square or Palace Green. Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Also happening this summer, Spirit of Liberty will take place at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.  Former slave, Gowan Pamphlet, recalls the events of 1776 and their impact on the enslaved community.  The program will run every Friday, July 2 through Friday, Sept. 3.  The time for the event is 3:30 p.m. Admission to this program is included in all Historic Area or Museum admission passes

The 28th 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 on July 4th in the Wren Courtyard at the College of William and Mary from 4:30pm until 7pm.  We will be serving hot dogs $3 each, cake and ice cream $3 each and soft drinks and water $1 each.  The Smith Wade Band will provide entertainment/music.  It is a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

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!

Busch Gardens Fireworks 4th of july Williamsburg VA-  Four Nights of Fantastic Fireworks at Busch Gardens as it  Celebrates Independence Day  2010- 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.

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

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 arriving early can enjoy these activities:
4 p.m. – The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument, Voices of the Yorktown Chorale – York Hall (Main and Ballard Street)
4 p.m. – Children’s fun and games area – (Main and Nelson Street)
5 p.m. – Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Nelson House (Main and Nelson Street)
6 p.m. – Parade on Historic Main Street – begins at Main and Ballard Street to Victory Monument- background music by U.S. Coast Guard Band
7 p.m. – The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument
7:30 p.m. – The story behind the hallowed words of the "Pledge of Allegiance," presented by Guy Manchester at Victory Monument
8 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band – Victory Monument
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks display over the York River
For information, call 890-3500; or http://www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth
Liberty Celebration. 9 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday, July 4. Visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, discover the origins of "American" dishes such as apple pie, and learn about the sacrifices of our nation’s founders. A rare early broadside printing of the "Declaration of Independence," is featured in the museum’s gallery.The Yorktown Victory Center, located on Route 1020, near Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. Admission is $9.50 for adults and $5.25 for youth ages 6-12. 888-593-4682, 253-4838; http://www.historyisfun.org.

 

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.

Want a postcard view? Climb to almost any rooftop or parking deck top in downtown Norfolk to catch a sweeping vista and watch the lights play over the city skyline and waterfront. Bring a chair and a beverage. Add your own music. Relax. Leave the traffic delays for the workweek.

The Pagoda and Oriental Garden in Norfolk’s Freemason neighborhood. It’s off West Tazewell, which puts the location slightly away from Town Point Park, but close enough that you feel part of the action. Grab a bench or sit on the steps by the water and people-watch as you wait for the fireworks to start. Some condominiums stand between you and the park, but the fireworks are high enough in the sky that you don’t notice. Plus there’s a nice view of Portsmouth across the water.

The view from the other side
  Lots of folks enjoy the fireworks and a nice view of Norfolk from across the water in Portsmouth’s Olde Towne.

Plum Point Park along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk’s West Ghent provides close-up views of the downtown fireworks. Driving there is a challenge – there’s no parking. But walking or biking make access easy: Just follow the Elizabeth River Trail, either from Southampton Avenue in the Freemason neighborhood or from an opening off Claremont Avenue just off Redgate Avenue.

Trashmore from a distance
  Some people park at the old Kmart lot on Holland Road to watch the Mount Trashmore displays, some setting up lawn chairs or sitting on the roofs of their cars. The spot is great for avoiding the tangle of traffic on Independence Boulevard.

Suffolk sights Folks who live in Suffolk’s Eclipse/Crittenden community can walk to their favorite viewing spot toting lawn chairs. People like us, who drive in from other locations, park near the Ebenezer United Methodist Church or the community swimming pool. If you drive to the end of the road afterward, it’s sometimes possible to see Newport News’ fireworks in the distance.

Get out on the water
. Take a cruise from downtown Norfolk on the Victory Rover or American Rover, or head out on your own craft.

On the beach in Willoughby
you can see Hampton, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Ocean View’s fireworks. Private homes on the beach put on some pretty spectacular fireworks displays as well. Or check out the beaches in Ocean View, at one of the public parks on the Bay.

 

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