If you are looking for fun things to do this 4th of July, hrScene is giving you more than just snakes and sparklers! Picnics, car shows, concerts and of course, fireworks viewing are going on all throughout Hampton Roads- and many of the events are free!
July 3/Celebrate Freedom
Celebrate America’s Birthday! Fireworks will illuminate the night sky after sunset. Enjoy children’s activities and family entertainment. Bring your own chairs/blanket. (no pop-up tents permitted)
July 4/Fourth of July Freedom Freedom Fest, Community Church Western Branch
Morning pancakes, cornhole outdoor games and competitions plus 16 inflatables. Pancakes are $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the Homestead Ranch.
July 4/35th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park
Parade, entertainment, food, games and paddleboat rides! Event is FREE to the public.
July 3/Independence Day Celebration at Langley Speedway
Check out the fireworks at Langley Speedway!
July 4/Fort Monroe: Fourth at the Fort
Fort Monroe has a full day of activities for the 4th of July. All-day event. Fort Monroe.
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July 3/Independence Day Celebration
On July 3 bring the family to Clontz Park in Smithfield to see a celebration of America in fireworks.
July 4/4th of July Fireworks
Come out to Windsor High School in Windsor to watch the spectacular array of color light up the night sky.
July 4/4th of July Stars in the Sky – Victory Landing Park
The Virginia Peninsula’s biggest July 4th event features live music, food vendors ($), free children’s rides, and fireworks over the James River. 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
July 4/4th of July in the Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America
Raining outside? Can’t stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? No worries! Celebrate America with this patriotic laser show in the Virginia Living Museum’s nice cool theater. 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
July 4/Ghent Bike Parade
Kids ride bikes, scooters, etc. while dressed in patriotic attire. Parents can walk or bike. 9:30 Chrysler Museum of art.
July 4/Independence Day Poker Run
On July 4th, the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club will join the Armed Services YMCA in a ride for a cause. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Starts at the AFMC Clubhouse.
July 4/33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic
5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Free and open to the public) Town Point Park
July 4/Historic Cradock’s 97th Children’s Bike Parade and Patriotic Salute
Children’s bike parade led by Portsmouth Fire Department’s Engine # 11.
July 4/World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth
Celebrate American independence 1940s style! Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, or lean how to make a mock apple pie! Live 1940s music throughout the day, plus swing dancing demonstrations and beginners lessons
July 4/July 4th Concert with Tidewater Concert Band
The Band is comprised of 48 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians from across Hampton Roads 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Portside Park.
July 4/4th of July Fireworks Viewing
Portsmouth’s annual Independence Day celebration. View the fireworks from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
July 4/Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular, as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. 5:30 p.m. – fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
July 5/4th of July Entertainment and Fireworks
View Fireworks at the Surry Community Center! Bring your own lawn chairs!
July 4/4th of July Celebration at Mount Trashmore
Celebrate America’s independence with live music by local musicians, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
July 3-5/4th of July Music and Fireworks on 20th Street
Music on the 20th Street stage and fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free and open to all. 20th Street, Virginia Beach
July 1/TRADOC Band Independence Day Concert
This perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike is the perfect way for patriots of all ages to celebrate our nation’s independence. The TRADOC concert band out of Ft. Eustis, VA will entertain the crowd with patriotic tunes, American music, and popular classics. The concert is free. Colonial Williamsburg
July 3/Williamsburg Military Tattoo
Join us as we celebrate July 4 with patriotic music. Originally a call to soldiers to return to the barracks before curfew, military tattoos became more general displays of entertainment by Army troops. Join us for a thrilling torchlit march featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
July 3-5/Busch Gardens – Star Spangled Nights
Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights July 3 through Sept. 6. 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg 23185
July 4/15th Annual 4th of July car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
The Classic Cruisers of VA presents its 15th Annual 4th of July Car, Truck and Bike Show sponsored by Shorty’s Diner. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shorty’s Diner
July 3-4/Independence Day Celebration – Colonial Williamsburg
Food, entertainment and reserved seating for the fireworks. Featuring a come-and-go buffet dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge and entertainment by The Jangling Reinharts.
July 4/1776 at the Kimball Theater
This American musical film showcases the days leading up to July 4, 1776. See it at the historic Kimball Theater!
July 4/A Tribute to the local USOs and the Troops of WWII
Williamsburg’s place in history didn’t end with the Revolutionary War. Join us as we celebrate a patriotic 4th of July with entertainment seen by World War II servicemen and women at USO clubs here in Williamsburg. The soldiers “home away from home” and “mom away from mom” provided wholesome entertainment both here and overseas.
July 4/Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5k Walk
8K loop on the scenic roads and trails of the Yorktown battlefield. Walkers and shorter distance runners are invited to anon-scored 5k event. Both events begin and end near Surrender Field. Parking and registration is at York High School.
July 4/Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
Parade at 9 am; Event begins at 4 pm. Come salute America along the Yorktown waterfront beginning with a 9 am patriotic parade on Water Street
July 4-5/Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center
Salute America’s independence with tactical and artillery drills, and role play that highlights the challenges of our nation’s founders. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 200 Water Street, Yorktown
July 3 11th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade/Duck
The 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade takes place in Duck at 9:00 a.m. on July 3rd
July 3 4th Annual Sun Realty Firecracker 5k, Old Glory Mile and Little Sparkler Fun Run/Kill Devil Hills
All American family and community event in the spirit of American Independence! Event t-shirt and unique finisher medals to ALL participants. All Old Glory Milers and Sparkler Fun Runners will also receive finisher medals.
July 4 Manteo 4th of July Celebration Manteo
Celebrate Independence Day with small town flair at the Town of Manteo 4th of July celebration. Participate in wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and so much more. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks.
July 4 July 4th Celebration USMC 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band/Manteo
A selection of crowd-pleasing tunes and patriotic music to go with fireworks at dusk!
July 4 Independence Day at Island Farm/Manteo
Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on our grassy lawn as we commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Admission $8; children ages 5 and under free.
July 4 Nags Head Fireworks Display Nags Head
Town of Nags Head at 9:25 p.m. will light up the night sky with a fireworks display at the Nags Head Fishing Pier located at Milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.
July 4 Kill Devil Hills Fireworks Display Kill Devil Hills
Town of Kill Devil Hills will celebrate the 4th of July with a fireworks show at dusk on the Avalon Fishing Pier located at Mile Post 6 on the beach road. Rain date is Sunday, July 5th.
July 4 Fireworks Over the Roanoke Maneto
Presented by the Town of Manteo, Fireworks over the Roanoke Sound will take place on Saturday, July 4. The show will start after dark.
July 4 Avon Fireworks Avon
A spectacular fireworks show in celebration of the 4th of July will take place at Avon Pier on Hatteras Island.
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