Plenty of patriotic fun to be had this week around Richmond, free of charge!
Parham Road Parade and Festival – Saturday 10am-5pm; Parham Road Baptist Church, 2101 North Parham Rd (Parking available at Park n Ride on the corner of Parham and Fordson)
The parade begins at 10:00 at Trinity Lutheran Church on Lansdowne Road. It winds through our community and ends at Parham Road Baptist Church. This year’s parade includes the 392nd Army Band, The Wounded Warriors of VA with their sponsored dragster, the RIR pace car who will be giving away 2 tickets to the Fall Sprint Cup Race, the VCU Men’s Soccer Team, The Richmond Kickers Soccer team, Arena Racing USA race cars, the Peanut Characters from Kings Dominion and much more. After our parade we invite you to bring a picnic lunch or enjoy food from local vendors including Chick-fil-a, Little Caesers, Kona Ice and more. After lunch we will have a ceremony honoring our military and veterans. At 3:00 we will close our festival and silent auction to enjoy a patriotic concert by the Henrico County Concert Band.
Genworth Financial 29th Annual Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert – Tuesday 6:30pm; 6620 W Broad St
Join Genworth on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 to celebrate freedom with the Air Force Heritage of America Band. The concert will begin at 6:30pm at Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters located at 6620 West Broad Street. The concert will be immediately followed by our 7th annual fireworks display. Children and adults of all ages are welcome, but please, leave your pets at home. We will have face painting, balloons, giveaways, food vendors and much more. We have plenty of free parking and will be offering transportation between the parking lot and the event site for those who need assistance. This event is free and open to the public.
RVA Fireworks on the James – Tuesday, Entertainment Begins at 7:30 PM, Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:15 PM; Brown’s Island in Downtown Richmond
RVA Fireworks on the James is a FREE “Patriotic Family Fun” event that will feature performances by SPARC (School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” Food Vendors will be on Brown’s Island and the public is invited to bring a picnic (alcohol and pets not permitted) and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy music simulcast on WRIR-FM, 97.3 during the evening and see the state’s largest fireworks show, a World Class program designed and fired by the Gruccis of New York… The Grucci show will be designed for 360-degree views. In addition to Brown’s Island, excellent viewing sites will be available in surrounding areas such as Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park.
Ashland Fourth of July Celebration and Parade – Wednesday 11am-; 500 S Center St, Ashland
The Ashland 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center (the Center), will include a walking parade, patriotic concert, lawn games, an apple pie contest and the ever-popular patriotic pet contest. Ashland’s quirky, nonmotorized walking parade is a small-town favorite. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will feature bicycles, basset hounds, a lawn chair brigade, and a few new surprises. The parade follows Hanover Avenue and winds through shady, tree-lined streets toward the Center, 500 S. Center Street. Participants in the walking parade will line up at the Henry Clay-War Memorial Parking lot at 10:15 a.m.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Wednesday 1-5 p.m.; Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park
For all ages. Free fun for the whole family! Join us for our spectacular event in celebration of America’s Independence! Enjoy a multi-faceted array of festive entertainment and activities for the entire family. Activities will include musical entertainment, tethered hot-air balloon rides, arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo for children, contests and games, and pony rides! Other highlights include a watermelon feast, Uncle Sam on stilts, Jonathan Austin the juggler, a patriotic performance featuring a historic color guard, drum and fife music, and a period musket salute by Living History Associates, Ltd. Tours of Meadow Farm Museum and the Orientation Center exhibits will be available free of charge. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: Rachel Moore, 501-5134.
Fourth at the Fort Independence Day Celebration – Wednesday 2-10pm; Fort Lee
Event begins at 2pm with music, food and Family and MWR’s KidZone (inflatables and) KidZone tickets are available for $1 each. At 7pm the main stage will feature entertainment from national country music artist Justin Moore. A spectacular fireworks show will begin at 9:35pm. General admission is free and open to the public. Those without DoD vehicle decals will need to show their driver’s license, current vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
Dogwood Dell Concert and Fireworks – Wednesday 5pm; Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park (Event parking will be available at City Stadium, located at 600 McCloy Street, with shuttle bus service to and from the Dell)
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and bring the entire family to the City’s annual free Fourth of July celebration and fireworks extravaganza presented by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on July 4 at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with Susan Greenbaum performing on the Dell stage. Her set of pop/rock selections will be followed at 7 p.m. by a selection of musical pieces on the Carillon bells performed by Larry Robinson, who has been the City’s carilloneur for more than 50 years. At 7:30 p.m., the Richmond Concert Band will take the stage to perform a program of rousing patriotic music, including many traditional numbers the audience will recognize and want to sing along with. The highlight of the evening is the annual finale, the “1812 Overture,” played with a live orchestra, cannons, carillon bells and fireworks as it was originally composed. This finale usually takes place around 9:30 p.m. and continues once the “Overture” is complete. For more information or last minute updates, call the Dogwood Dell Hotline at 646-1031.
Fourth of July Celebration – Wednesday gates open at 5pm; Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road
Celebrate our independence with a spectacular fireworks display at dark! The event, held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), includes an activity area for children and special entertainment. No alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks, please. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended. Limited parking; roads leading to fairgrounds will be closed at 9 p.m. or when parking lots are full. Don’t miss this fun-filled event for all ages. Wednesday, July 4 (Rain date July 5) Free. Gates Open at 5 p.m.; fireworks at dark. Details: 748-1623
Westover Community July 4 Celebration – Wednesday 7:30pm; Westover Baptist Church, 1000 Westover Hills Blvd
Live music from Luz del Sol, free sno-cones, hot dogs, and watermelon, inflatable bounce house for kids. Then watch the Dogwood Dell fireworks
Goochland County Fireworks – Wednesday 9m; Goochland Sports Complex
Bring the whole family and enjoy a night under the stars with the community’s favorite event of the year. Park & watch the fireworks from the Goochland County Administration Building,
Goochland Elementary, Middle & High School Complex. Admission is FREE! Pack a picnic and bring a blanket! Please see County website at www.co.goochland.va.us or visit the Department Facebook page for site map
Colonial Heights Fireworks – Wednesday 9:15pm; Charles Dimmock Parkway, Colonial Heights
The City of Colonial Heights will sponsor a fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 pm. 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. For more information, please contact the Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks Department at (804) 520-9390.