Hampton Roads Fourth of July Guide

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Fireworks are showing up in stores and at stands all around Hampton Roads, and you know what that means! The Fourth of July is right around the corner.

If you’re not planning your own get together, you may be looking for a place to have fun and see some fireworks. We’ve compiled a list of local venues that are planning to celebrate and light up the night sky this Independence Day.

***As Tropical Storm Arthur strengthens and moves up the Atlantic coast, expected to become a hurricane, municipalities in Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina are considering cancelling or rescheduling their Fourth of July fireworks shows. Click here for an up-to-date list of cancellations or schedule adjustments.***

Find a fireworks show or event near you:


-Fireworks are a day early at Chesapeake City Park. The free event starts at 5 p.m., with the U.S. Army TRADOC Command Band performing at 8 p.m. As the band wraps up, fireworks will begin. The Celebrate Freedom event is scheduled for Thursday, July 3. There is a $5 parking fee.

-Join the Chesapeake community for a parade this July 4 at Lakeside Park. The 34th Annual South Norfolk Parade and Picnic in the Park begins at 10 a.m. The parade route begins at South Norfolk Baptist Church, and ends at Lakeside Park. The rest of the day, you’ll enjoy activities for children, games, paddle boat rides and entertainment. The event is free.

Hampton and Fort Monroe:

-Celebrate the Fourth at the Fort! It’s a full day of activities at Fort Monroe, beginning with a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Tour the Casemate Museum and then enjoy activities in the Wherry Quarter from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band Wind Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. ahead of fireworks. This year, there’s a twist on the fireworks. Instead of the traditional aerial approach, there will be a close-proximity show launched from the top of the fortress wall at 9:15 p.m.

-The Fort Monroe fireworks will not be visible from Buckroe Beach Park, according to the Fort Monroe Authority.

Newport News:

Victory Landing Park is where you’ll want to be to enjoy the fireworks with a spectacular view of the James River. Head to the park at 7 p.m. to browse the food and vendor selection, as well as rides and entertainment. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of American Band ensemble Full Spectrum will perform during the evening, followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

-If you’d prefer to stay indoors, celebrate the Spirit of America with a laser show in the Abbitt Planetarium at the Virginia Living Museum. The laser show will run at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. for $6.


-Celebrate the Fourth of July at Town Point Park in Norfolk with the 32nd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic. The event is free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re hungry, everything from hot dogs to corn on the cob will be on sale while you’re enjoying the sounds of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.

-Treat yourself to a special view this Independence Day with a Spirit of Norfolk cruise! For $74.90, you’ll be treated to a buffet, music and dancing, and outdoor deck seating for the fireworks. Boarding time is 7:30 p.m. for the dinner cruise. Call 866-304-2469 to book.

-The Norfolk Tides take on the Charlotte Knights Thursday, July 3 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. After the game, catch a post-game Fireworks Extravaganza.


-You’re invited to “Party in Olde Towne like it’s 1776!” Patriotic music will be heard through Olde Towne Portsmouth starting at 4 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. You can watch the show from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. Continue celebrating America’s independence through the weekend with Portsmouth’s Patriots Day event.


-Suffolk’s Stars & Stripes Spectacular is at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina, starting at 5 p.m. It will be a night of music by The Hotcakes while you check out the children’s area and different food options. The fireworks light up at 9 p.m. The Stars & Stripes Spectacular is free and open to the public.

Virginia Beach:

-What better backdrop for Fourth of July fireworks than the ocean? Spend the day at the Oceanfront, capping it off by watching a fireworks show from the Boardwalk. The display starts at 9:30 p.m., with the fireworks launched off 20th Street from a barge on the water.

-If you’d prefer less sand for your July 4th fireworks show, head to Mount Trashmore Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., but the celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. with live music, food and more! Note: There is a $5 parking fee.


-Commemorate the Fourth of July in Williamsburg by starting with a Salute to the States in the Revolutionary City. Tour Colonial Williamsburg and attend a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Colonial Williamsburg festivities step it up a notch with a package that includes live entertainment, a Fife and Drums performance, and a Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert as well as fireworks. It will cost you $85 per adult, and $55 per child. Call 888-965-7254 for tickets and reservations.

-Celebrate America with Star Spangled Nights at Busch Gardens. The event is new this summer, and runs from July 3 through August 10. If you’re at the park for Star Spangled Nights, you’ll enjoy fireworks, music and displays. There are special extended fireworks planned July 3-5 to celebrate the Fourth of July. For an additional fee, you can take part in a 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks event, or the Fireworks Spectacular on the Rhine.


-Take a step back in time this Independence Day with a Liberty Celebration at Yorktown Victory Center. Come out all weekend to take in drills and demonstrations, as well as a variety of exhibits.

Yorktown’s Fourth of July celebration begins bright and early at 8 a.m. with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5K Walk. A parade kicks off on Water Street at 9 a.m., including live music. Fireworks will be fired off over the York River beginning at 9:15 p.m.


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