By Karla Redditte
One of my favorite words in the English language? FREE! Fortunately, I'm hearing the word tossed around quite a bit as we approach the fourth of July holiday weekend. Check out this list of a few FREE, family-friendly, patriotic events going on "about town", beginning Thursday night. Enjoy!
RVA Fireworks on the James
Saturday, July 5, 6:00pm
UPDATE: Due to the likelihood of heavy rain and severe lightning for Thursday evening, RVA Fireworks on the James is rescheduled to Saturday, July 5. The RVA Fireworks on the James annual event, which takes place on Brown's Island, originally had been scheduled to take place Thursday, July 3.Food vendors will be on-site for the July 5 fireworks show by 6:00 pm. Fireworks, produced by Grucci, will start at approximately 9:15 pm. We invite the public to come to Brown's Island on Saturday, July 5 for an evening of fireworks, food and fun. The pre-fireworks entertainment that had been scheduled for July 3 will not take place as part of the July 5 rescheduled event.
Genworth Financial 31st Annual Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert
Genworth Financial's World Headquarters,6620 West Broad Street, Henrico
Thursday, July 3
Enjoy family activities, food and fireworks at this Henrico County tradition. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band kicks off the celebration with a concert at 7:30. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be immediately followed by our 9th 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.
Fourth at the Fort
Williams Stadium, Fort Lee
Friday, July 4
Celebrate your independence at Fort Lee's Fourth at the Fort, our annual Independence Day celebration, on Friday, July 4, at Williams Stadium. This event begins at 5 p.m. with music, food and the KidZone (inflatable rides and games for the kids). A spectacular fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:35 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Personal pyrotechnics, tailgating, glass bottles, smoking and pets are not permitted in or around the event area. Coolers may be no larger than 6" x 6" x 12". For more information, call (804) 765-3176.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen
Friday, July 4
Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will hold its annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 4 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park in Glen Allen.This free event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Living History Associates, Ltd., traditional drum and fife music, and a musket salute. Uncle Sam (on stilts!) will also be in attendance, as well as Jonathan Austin who will be thrilling the crowd with his mesmerizing magic and juggling. Visitors can also stop by the two stages to listen to live performances by the Heavy Duty Bluegrass band, Julius Pittman and the Revival and The Diggity Dudes. Additional activities include a patriotic necklace give-a-way, arts and crafts, face painting, airbrush tattoos, backyard games, pony rides, a watermelon feast, and tours of Meadow Farm Museum and the Orientation Center. Concessions will also be available for purchase.
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Celebration
Byrd Park,1300 Blanton Avenue, Richmond
Friday, July 4
Celebrate the fourth of July with music and fireworks at Dogwood Dell. Enjoy a free family Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell with music from Bak N Da Day, Carillon bells and Richmond Concert Band. The first half of the Richmond Concert Band concert will be "Made in America" and after the intermission, it will be all patriotic, ending with the 1812 Overture, complete with the band, the howitzers, and the Carillon, played by Larry Robinson. The concert will conclude with The Stars & Stripes Forever which will entice the fireworks to begin! Come a bit early to get a seat within the Dell, bring the family and friends, and of course your picnic supper. The concert begins at 7:30pm, just after the Carillon concert.Fireworks at dusk.
Fourth of July Fireworks in Colonial Heights
Southpark Mall Area, 230 Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights
Friday, July 4
9:15pm - 10:00pm
The City of Colonial Heights will sponsor a fireworks display in the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:15pm. 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.
Concert at Mid-Lothian Mines Park
Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13301 North Woolridge Road, Midlothian
Saturday, July 5
The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a free, family-friendly concert. The 195th Army Band from Bangor, Maine, will present a program of popular and patriotic songs in the style of a traditional U.S.O. performance. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and enjoy music under the stars at the park's amphitheater. Space is limited.
Military Days at Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell
Friday, July 4 - Saturday, July 5
Join us July 4-5 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Enjoy activities planned each day along International Street.
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