Fireworks, BBQ’s, hot dogs, parades… These have been constant since America's founding in 1776! Of course, it took until 1941 for congress to declare the date a national holiday, but we sure know how to celebrate!
If you look forward to wearing red, white, and blue all year, there’s no better place than patriotic Virginia to celebrate our wonderful country on July 4th! At home or close by, there are many ways to celebrate!
First, you can’t beat a good old fashioned poolside party with friends and neighbors, or a cookout with family in your courtyard! Our homeowners know how to throw a 4th of July party, that’s for sure! More food than you can imagine, music, decorations, and who knows, maybe some fireworks in the sky! All just steps away from your home.
If you are ready to venture out and be adventuresome, there is a multitude of events that you can attend that are close by or a short drive. You have options!
This summer, get ready for the best festivals, carnivals, concerts, and fireworks around. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the Nation’s capital! Grab the grandkids and take off!
Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular
On June 30th, head to the Spotsylvania Courthouse to enjoy live music, delicious food, and fireworks with the whole family! With four concert stages, incredible food and business vendors, historic building tours, children’s rides, and so much more, you and your family will be entertained all day long.
Scenic and charming Fredericksburg is hosting an all-day event on the 4th! A five-mile run kicks off the Heritage Festival, followed by an incredible parade. Your grandkids will enjoy activities just for them, including face painting, a moon bound, a photo booth, and more. Live music, historic tours, and fireworks complete this fun festival!
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
On the 4th from 5 to 9 PM, revel in the magic of a spectacular fireworks display at dark! At the scenic Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, you and your family will enjoy children’s activities, food vendors, and unique entertainment. Make sure to bring comfortable lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the coolest fireworks you’ve ever seen!
Music and Fireworks at Dogwood Dell
If you love live music, there’s no greater place for the 4th than Dogwood Dell! Hear incredible music by the Richmond Concert Band with Carillon bells, followed by beautiful fireworks. This family-friendly event is completely free! The concert will begin at 7:30 PM, and the fireworks will begin at dusk.
A Game at The Diamond
The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, hosts one of the biggest and longest fireworks displays in town. If you and your grandkids love America’s pastime, head down to the ballpark on July 4th and enjoy a baseball game in the warm air. The tastiest snacks and most exciting entertainment will be in abundance. At the end of the game, enjoy incredible fireworks!
Star Spangled Celebration
From June 30th to July 4th, bring your grandkids to the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion! This incredible theme park will be completely filled with red, white, and blue all weekend to get you into the spirit! Enjoy amazing performances from local military bands, magical fireworks, and of course, your favorite rides. Active and retired military, as well as veterans with honorable or medical discharge are admitted for free!
Over 100 years old, this incredible celebration speaks to why Ashland is a “great small town to live in.” Around 20,000 visitors will enjoy old-fashioned fun with a walking parade, live music, delicious food, lawn games, a patriotic pet contest, and of course, an apple pie contest (as American as it gets!)
Celebrations in D.C.
Both Fredericksburg and Richmond offer a close proximity to our nation’s capital, where the celebrations always reach new heights! From the annual National Independence Day Parade, to stunning fireworks along the D.C. skyline and memorials, to a Potomac River Cruise, you can take your pick of memorable, one-of-a-kind activities in our country’s capital.
No matter what your plans are, enjoy your family and friends and a relaxing day! Happy Birthday America!!!