A Brief History of the 4th of July,
“The Fourth of July is known as Independence Day because that is the day that the Second Continental Congress adopted the full and formal Declaration of Independence. Even though we had declared that we were independent, the American Revolution was still being fought, which meant that we were still not independent. Regardless of the ongoing war the following year, people in Philadelphia celebrated a muted Fourth of July.
While celebrations on July 4th during the American Revolution were modest, after the war ended in 1783 the Fourth of July became a holiday in many places. The celebrations included speeches, military events, parades, and fireworks. To this day the Fourth of July is the most patriotic holiday celebrated in the United States.”
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Appropriate for all ages: The 4th of July would not be complete without fireworks. Let your older children participate by using sparklers and ground poppers. Pool the fireworks of all your guests together to make an even bigger show. You can make a game out of your fireworks display by having contests to name the biggest fireworks in your collection. You can also have a guessing game of what color will show up first or how long each fire work in the show will last. Whether you are setting off your own fireworks on the street or watching a larger show put on by the city or other organization, bring out the blankets and enjoy the fun that we are able to have as Americans on this Independence Day.
Richmond, Virginia Has some of the best fireworks displays in the state – for the full article go to
Celebrate the fourth year of Fireworks on the James sponsored by Dominion and MeadWestvaco. Food vendors and entertainment provided by the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, Latin Ballet of Virginia, and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” No alcohol, pets, glass, or metal containers are allowed.
- July 3rd • 7:30 PM festivities begin, 9:15 PM fireworks start
- Brown’s Island (viewable from many locations downtown)
Music provided by the Heritage of America Band with the 8th annual fireworks display to follow. Face painting, balloons, food vendors, giveaways, and more with plenty of parking available.
- July 3rd • 6:30 PM
- Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters, 6620 W. Broad Street
The afternoon begins with a free concert by Bak N Da Day, a Carillon Bell Concert, and the Richmond Concert Band for a mix of patriotism, pop, and jazz before the fireworks.
- July 4th • 5:15 PM
- Dogwood Dell, 700 Blanton Avenue
- July 4th • 9:00 – 10:00 PM
- Goochland County Administration, Goochland Elementary, and Middle & High School Complex • Goochland, VA
Fireworks every night through the summer for 10:00 PM closes; shows start at 9:45 PM.
- May 24th – August 31st
- King’s Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way – Doswell, VA
- Cost of admission: $49.00 – $64.00
- July 4th and 5th
- King’s Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way • Doswell, VA
- FREE Admission to active, inactive, or retired military personnel with ID with an extended 15-minute fireworks show on July 4th.
Watch the Squirrels take on the Fightin Phils in a double header on July 4th, and then again on July 5th. End both nights with a Firework Extravaganza during the Squirrels Independence Day Celebration.
- July 4th & 5th • games start between 5:05 PM and 6:05 PM, respectively
- The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
- $7 – $11
- July 4th • 5:00 – 10:00 PM
- Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road • Chesterfield, VA
Viewing available off I–95 Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart area.
- July 4th • 9:15 PM
- Charles Dimmock Parkway • Colonial Heights, VA
Live performances, music, and special effects every night
- July 3rd – August 10th • Fireworks at 9:30: PM
- Busch Gardens – Williamsburg, VA
- $72.00 adult, $62.00 child