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Richmond Fireworks Guide 2014

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Get ready for some colorful skies, Richmond. The Fourth of July will be bringing fireworks to the James River, the Diamond, Dogwood Dell and many more spots all over town.

The biggies are RVA Fireworks on the James (moved to Saturday, July 5 due to rain), the Diamond (held July 4 and 5) and Dogwood Dell (July 4). All are super fun, super fabulous and highly recommended.

But there are also fireworks at Genworth Financial, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and the big theme parks nearby.

If you prefer to grab a beer while you watch your ‘works, check out RVA Breweries to Watch the Fireworks. From Hardywood to Blue Bee, Ardent to Isley, we think that breweries are going to be the place to be this July Fourth.

Check out our Fireworks Guide below to find out all the fireworks festivities around town. There's also a map at the bottom of the article with handy driving directions.

Thursday, July 3

Genworth Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert & Fireworks

Genworth celebrates the Fourth of July with a free concert from The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. This old fashioned annual family event will include flags, face painting, balloons, giveaways, food vendors and much more. For the 31st year, The Heritage of America Band will perform patriotic themes and other well-known songs, and for the 9th year, the concert will be followed immediately by a fireworks display. This year we will be coordinating with the McGuire VA Medical Center to celebrate veterans and their families at the Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert. There will be a special recognition of our honored veterans and their families from the stage during the Concert. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held on the lawn at the Genworth World Headquarters at 6620 West Broad Street.

Fireworks at Kings Dominion

Every night at Kings Dominion is Fourth of July with Dominion at Dusk. Honoring 40 years of fun with vibrant lights, live singing and dancing, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Start off with the vibrant lights and sounds of Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular and the water and light displays of International Street Fountain. The party gets going as the Grande Bandstand and the midways of International Street come to life with their all-new block party, Ignite the Night! featuring a cast singing hit songs. And the party ends with a magnificent display of fireworks lighting up the nighttime skies above the park.

Star-Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, “Star Spangled Nights” July 3through Aug. 10. There will be fireworks, original soundscapes plus unique culinary offerings.  A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3 – 5 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Friday, July 4:

Chesterfield’s Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display in Chesterfield. 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. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at dark. Free.

Brandermill's Fourth of July Celebration

Fireworks start at Sunday Park at 9:15 p.m., but this year access to the area is limited to Brandermill residents or those with reservations at the Boathouse and will be policed at two check points from 5 - 10 p.m.

Colonial Heights Fireworks

Colonial Heights throws a fireworks extravaganza off Charles Dimmock Parkway. Best viewing spots will be off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart Area. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Bring chairs and blankets. Free. 9:15 p.m. Rain date July 5.

Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration

Enjoy a free family Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell with music from Bak N Da Day, Carillon bells, Richmond Concert Band and fireworks. Bak N Da Day starts at 5:15 p.m., bells at 7 p.m. Richmond Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at dark. Free.

Flying Squirrels Fireworks at the Diamond

The Squirrels take on the Reading Fighting Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) followed by a fireworks extravaganza. Make sure to get your tickets early, this game sells out fast. But there will also be a second night of fireworks on Saturday, July 5 if you miss out on this one. $7 and up, 6:05 p.m. Fireworks after the game. SOLD OUT.

Fireworks at Kings Dominion

Every night at Kings Dominion is Fourth of July with Dominion at Dusk. Honoring 40 years of fun with vibrant lights, live singing and dancing, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Start off with the vibrant lights and sounds of Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular and the water and light displays of International Street Fountain. The party gets going as the Grande Bandstand and the midways of International Street come to life with their all-new block party, Ignite the Night! featuring a cast singing hit songs. And the party ends with a magnificent display of fireworks lighting up the nighttime skies above the park.

Goochland Fourth of July Fireworks

Bring the whole family and enjoy a night under the stars with Goochland’s fireowrks. Park, picnic and watch the fireworks. No tailgating and alcohol prohibited. Visit www.co.goochland.va.us for parking information. Admission is free.

Star-Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, “Star Spangled Nights” July 3through Aug. 10. There will be fireworks, original soundscapes plus unique culinary offerings.  A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3 – 5 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Saturday, July 5

RVA Fireworks on the James

Moved to Saturday due to likelihood of rain. Free fireworks on Brown’s Island. Designed and fired by the Gruccis of New York, the show will be designed for 360-degree views. In addition to Brown's Island, excellent viewing sites will be available in as Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park. RVA Fireworks on the James is sponsored by Dominion and MWV (MeadWestvaco) and produced by the City of Richmond and Venture Richmond. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the show. Free. The entertainment that had been scheduled will not be performed on Saturday, but they will still have food vendors and trucks. Fireworks should start around 9:15 p.m.

Flying Squirrels Fireworks at the Diamond

Another night of fireworks! The Squirrels take on the Reading Fighting Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) followed by a fireworks extravaganza. If you miss this one, next fireworks is Thursday, July 10. $7 and up, 6:05 p.m. Fireworks after the game.

Fireworks at Kings Dominion

Every night at Kings Dominion is Fourth of July with Dominion at Dusk. Honoring 40 years of fun with vibrant lights, live singing and dancing, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Start off with the vibrant lights and sounds of Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular and the water and light displays of International Street Fountain. The party gets going as the Grande Bandstand and the midways of International Street come to life with their all-new block party, Ignite the Night! featuring a cast singing hit songs. And the party ends with a magnificent display of fireworks lighting up the nighttime skies above the park.

Star-Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, “Star Spangled Nights” July 3through Aug. 10. There will be fireworks, original soundscapes plus unique culinary offerings.  A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3 – 5 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Find more things to do our our Fourth of July Guide.

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