Busch Gardens Williamsburg Fireworks Extravaganza (July 1-4, 9:30 pm nightly)
Celebrate our nation's birthday with Busch Gardens by day and a fantastic fireworks display by night. Plus, you can get a special all-you-can-eat Fourth of July Picnic deal, featuring fried chicken, BBQ ribs and apple pie. They haven't posted this year's price yet, but last year's was $32 for adults and $16 for kids.
|Here's a photo I took of fireworks seen through a prism!|
Tip! Best fireworks viewing spots: Italy, Germany, and of course, from the top of Griffon and Mach Tower! Free with admission to the park. Check out our Busch Gardens link to get Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets!
And if you miss this event, you can still see fireworks there July 1 - August 19 (plus musical entertainment) at the park's "Illuminights" celebration.
July 4th Stars and Stripes Explosion at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Enjoy fireworks, tribute bands, concerts and other musical performances at stages on the beach at 20th Street, plus at the 17th, 24th and 31st Street parks. At 9:30 pm, they'll shoot off fireworks along the beach. For details, go to my Virginia Beach events page.
Annual Yorktown Independence Day Celebration (July 4th at Historic Yorktown)
This fourth of July event features family activities, a patriotic parade at 9 am, a Fife and Drums presentation at 5 pm, bell-ringing at 7 pm, patriotic music at 8 pm at Riverwalk Landing, and fireworks at 9:15 pm! Go to our Yorktown Events page for details.
Colonial Williamsburg Independence Day Event - July 4th, 9 am to 9 pm
Celebrate our independence in the place where it was born! Details include a 12:30 reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Capitol building; a Fife and Drums performance at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm; the Heritage of America Band at 6 pm; then fireworks at 9:30 pm. Or, visit the DeWitt Wallace Museum to see five authentic copies of the Declaration of Independence.
Events take place in Market Square. Click here for what you MUST see at Colonial Williamsburg!
Fourth of July Celebration at Mount Trashmore (July 4th from 4 pm to 10 pm.
This salute to our independence and our military features live music, kids events, food and fireworks. Events take place at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach. It's free (small fee for parking). Call (757) 385-2990 for details.
Newport News 4th of July "Stars in the Sky" (July 4th, 7 pm -10 pm)
Celebrate fireworks with spectacular views of the James River at this waterside park. Features food, vendors, crafts, rides, music, and fireworks. Events take place at Victory Landing Park, 50 26th Street, Newport News. Take exit 6 from I-664. Call (757) 926-1400 for details.
AT&T Great American Picnic & Fireworks at Town Point Park, Norfolk - July 4 - 5 pm to 10 pm)
It's like an old-fashioned family July 4th get together (only much larger) at the Great American Picnic & Fireworks event. Fireworks are at 9:30 pm. Bring a picnic, or buy "the Great American Picnic" at the park, featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, corn, salad, dessert, and more. Musical performances to be announced.
For more information, go to http://www.festevents.org or call 441-2345.
Independence Day Celebration & Naturalization at Monticello - July 4th from 9 am - 10:30 am.
Looking for a deeper meaning to the fourth of July? Join a real naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. For over 40 years, people have celebrated our independence with this meaningful ceremony. This year's speaker is former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci.
It's free! While you're there, splurge and tour the amazing Monticello mansion.
Independence Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest - Bedford, VA - July 4th from 11 am to 4 pm
Celebrate the fourth at Thomas Jefferson's other home, Poplar Forest, with dancing, music, colonial craft demonstrations like soap making, kids' games, a fife and drums parade, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 pm.
Cost: $8 for Adults; kids under 15 are free. House tours are extra, but read our full review of Poplar Forest to see why you must see this unique octagonal house!
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