July 4th Fireworks and Celebrations 2016


Picnics! Concerts! Movies! But best of all… Fireworks! Enjoy your long weekend and have a blast with your family, friends, and neighbors.

The 34th Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic is happening in Norfolk in Town Point Park. Get the kiddos and their bikes together for the Ghent Bike Parade starting at the Chrysler Museum of Art Saturday morning.

On the Peninsula, 4th of July Stars in the Sky is happening in Newport News, and you can catch 1776 at the Kimball Theater in historic Colonial Williamsburg. And of course there are fireworks everywhere!

Celebrate Independence Day in style here in Hampton Roads.

Did we miss anything? Let us know! Send an email to info@hrscene.com and we’ll add your event to our calendar.


Keep an eye on this page for updates on cancellations (More information by city below):

  • Yorktown: All 4th of July events have been cancelled due to weather.
  • Newport News: Salute to the Nation celebration at Ft. Eustis is cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Gloucester: The annual fireworks at Gloucester Point Beach are cancelled.
  • Suffolk: The Stars and Stripes Spectacular has been cancelled for July 4.


Hampton Roads Map

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Busch Gardens Fireworks Spectacular: 37.235165, -76.646577
Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center: 37.239898, -76.518806
Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5k Walk: 37.204034, -76.500506
PATRIOT’S DAY! 4th of July Celebration: World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth: 36.835976, -76.296745
July 4th Concert with Tidewater Concert Band: 36.835678, -76.296895
36th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park: 36.810898, -76.277769
Stars & Stripes Spectacular: 36.738834, -76.580974
Stars & Stripes Explosion: 36.848259, -75.975063
4th of July in the Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America: 37.070057, -76.479547
4th of July Stars in the Sky – Victory Landing Park: 36.976084, -76.434256
Independence Day Celebration – Colonial Williamsburg: 37.279224, -76.698674
Fort Monroe Fourth at the Fort: 37.017197, -76.298594
July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore: 36.829186, -76.124241
Isle of Wight Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing - Windsor: 36.808798, -76.740550
Isle of Wight Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing - Smithfield: 36.989943, -76.629389
4th of July Entertainment and Fireworks- Surry Community Center: 37.126649, -76.848448
Celebrate Freedom: 36.751250, -76.229153
Ghent Bike Parade: 36.856399, -76.292988
Independence Day Poker Run: 36.863341, -76.214919
34th Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks: 36.846283, -76.294613
Pre 4th of July Picnic: 36.729186, -76.589033
4th of July Entertainment and Fireworks: 37.126649, -76.848447
Williamsburg Military Tattoo: 37.272229, -76.705909
1776: 37.270898, -76.706928
5th annual Firecracker 5k, Old Glory Mile and Little Sparkler Fun Run: 36.010715, -75.663403



Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m. | Celebrate Freedom | Chesapeake City Park
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)
Click here for more information and a schedule of events

Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 35th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park | Lakeside Park
This annual event features a parade through Historic South Norfolk beginning at 10:00 AM. Be sure to arrive early as streets will close at 9:30 AM. The parade features 60 – 70 units, a Color Guard, Military Band, and lots of colorful characters to keep things fun.


Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. | Fourth at the Fort | Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe has a full day of activities for the 4th of July. All-day event. Fort Monroe.

Isle of Wight

July 3 and July 4, 9:30 p.m. | Independence Day Celebration | Clontz Park and Windsor High School
On July 3 bring the family to Clontz Park in Smithfield to see a celebration of America in fireworks.

Newport News

Monday, July 4 — CANCELLED | Salute to the Nation | Ft. Eustis
Joint Base Langley-Eustis officials have cancelled their “Salute to the Nation” celebration for Monday, July 4 due to weather.

Monday, July 4 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | 4th of July Stars in the Sky | Victory Landing Park
The City of Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will present the “4th of July Stars in the Sky” event on Monday, July 4, 2016 at Victory Landing Park (located at the end of 23rd St. at the James River). At 7:00 PM, the event begins with free children’s rides and strolling entertainment. Food vendors will be on site selling a variety of items. Music will lead up to the fireworks which will light up the sky over the James River at 9:30 PM.

Monday, July 4 11:30 a.m. | 4th of July in the Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America | Virginia Living Museum
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.
Click here for more information and other events


July 1, 6 p.m. July 4 at 9 a.m. | Shore Thing Concert & Independence Day Celebration | Ocean View Park
Join us tonight, free and open to the public for the Shore Thing concert with Coolin’ Out! Along with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

July 4, 9: 30 a.m. | Ghent Bike Parade | Chrysler Museum of Art
Kids ride bikes, scooters, etc. while dressed in patriotic attire. Parents can walk or bike. 
Hosted by the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club of Virginia. We’ll start at their clubhouse at 9:00 am (1170 Lance Rd. in Norfolk) with free Starbuck’s coffee to get you going. Here you will register for the day and draw your first card. Kickstands up at 11:00. If you like, you can register in advance right now.  Just $15 gets you the ride, and a plate of BBQ! Can you think of a better way to spend the day?
Click here to register and for more information

Monday, July 4 at 5 p.m. | 34th Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic | Town Point Park
Leave the grillng to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park.  Guests can buy traditional all American fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, juicy watermelon, lemonade… with all the fixin’s and much more available for purchase!  Relax on the  lawn and enjoy the live entertainment by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, then watch as the sky lights up with the fireworks display at 9:30 pm!


Saturday, July 2,  10 a.m.-5 p.m. | World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth | Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Celebrate American independence 1940’s 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, and experience live Swing Music and Swing dancing throughout the afternoon!

Monday, July 4, 8 p.m. | July 4th Concert with Tidewater Concert Band | Portsmouth Seawall 
The Band is comprised of 48 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians from across Hampton Roads 8 p.m. Portside Park.


Saturday, July 2, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. | Pre 4th of July Picnic | Morgan Memorial Library
Family! Food! Fun! Celebrate Independence Day with fun family activities and delicious food provided by a local food truck.

Monday, July — CANCELLED| Stars & Stripes Spectacular | Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina
The Stars and Stripes Spectacular has been cancelled for Monday, July 4. The fire works have been rescheduled for the Suffolk Parks & Recreation T.G.I.F. Concert on July 15.


Sunday, July 3rd 4 p.m.-10 p.m. | 4th of July Entertainment and Fireworks | 205 Enos Farm Drive
View Fireworks at the Surry Community Center! Bring your own lawn chairs!

Virginia Beach

July 4 4 p.m.-10 p.m. | 4th of July Celebration | Mount Trashmore
Celebrate with your friends and family at our annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free;  limited onsite parking is $5. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Monday, July 4 | Stars and Stripes Explosion | Oceanfront
Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion. Scheduled entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to a Motown tribute, a cover band playing all your favorites, and naturally, fireworks!


July 3 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m. | Williamsburg Military Tattoo | Colonial Williamsburg
Join us as we celebrate July 4 with patriotic music. Originally a call to soldiers to return to the barracks before curfew, the “tattoo” soon became a more general display of entertainment by army troops. Join us for a thrilling torchlit march featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.

July 2-4, sunset| Fireworks Spectacular | Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens® celebrates our independence, July 2 – 4. This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.
Click here for tickets and more information

July 4th, All Day| 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.

Monday, July 4, 4:45 p.m. | 1776 | Kimball Theater
This American musical film showcases the days leading up to July 4, 1776. Continental Congress member John Adams (William Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) convince Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) to draft the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic while they try to persuade the rest of Congress to support independence. While depressing messages describing one military disaster after another arrive from none other than George Washington, the businessmen, landowners, and slave-holders in Congress must decide the fate of Washington’s army: a single “nay” vote could forever defeat independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialogue are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants.
Click here to buy tickets


***Note: All 4th of July events in Yorktown have been cancelled***

Monday, July 4 8 a.m. | Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5k Walk | York High School
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.
Click here to register and for more information

Monday, July 4, 8 a.m- 10 a.m | Liberty Celebration | 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


Monday, July 4 | Gloucester Point Beach Fire Fireworks | CANCELLED

North Carolina Map

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Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration: 35.908828, -75.673296
Town of Nags Head Fireworks Display: 35.973004, -75.632069
Town of Kill Devil Hills 4th of July Fireworks Show: 36.044119, -75.674710
Town of Duck 4th of July Parade: 36.163856, -75.744344


North Carolina

July 4, starting at 9 a.m. | 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 Monday, July 4th

July 4, starting at 7:30 a.m. | 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.
Click here to register and for more information

July 4, all day | 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, 9:45 p.m. | Nags Head Fireworks Display | Nags Head Fishing Pier
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, dusk |  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.

Did we miss any? Let us know what you’re up to this Independence Day! Click here for our complete events calendar.