Your Guide to July 4th Central Virginia Fireworks Displays

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Virginia was the first of the 13 original American colonies; the 10th state to join the United States on June 25, 1788; and is nicknamed the “Mother of Presidents,” because eight presidents were born here. With so much history in our midst, Virginians are patriotic. On Independence Day, we like to go out and see some fireworks to celebrate the birth of our nation.

Here’s where to find fireworks to indulge your patriotism this 4th of July:

The Diamond Fireworks Extravaganza 

Tuesday, July 4 (Update: As of June 30, this game is SOLD OUT)

and Thursday, July 6 post-game; fireworks included with ticket price

The Flying Squirrels host one of the largest fireworks displays in our area, lasting between 12-15 minutes. Be sure to get your tickets ($8-$14) early for the July 4 game: it usually sells out in advance. (Update: As of June 30, the July 4 game is SOLD OUT) Both the July 4 and July 6 games start at 6:35 p.m. Fireworks start after the games and after dark; in the 9:40-10 p.m. timeframe. If you didn’t get tickets for Tuesday’s fireworks extravaganza, you’ll have another chance to see a great game followed by fireworks on Thursday at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. 804-359-FUNN (3866) or

Dogwood Dell Concert and Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4Free!

Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a free performance and celebration at Dogwood Dell, sponsored by the city of Richmond. Starting at 6:15 p.m., the evening includes a performance from City Dance Theatre, a patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence, music from the Richmond Concert Band, and of course the famous Carillon Bells. Fireworks start at dark at 600 S. Boulevard. (804) 646-DELL

Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 Free!

Chesterfield County invites you to enjoy free children’s activities and entertainment, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. Fireworks start at dark at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. (804) 748-1992 or

Fourth at the Fort (Fort Lee)

Tuesday, July 4Free!

What’s more patriotic than a musical performance by the 392nd Army Band, with country singers Jackie Lee and Maddie & Tae, at Fort Lee? The event starts at 5 p.m. in Williams Stadium, and will include kids’ activities such as inflatables and games with KidZone activity tickets and food available for purchase. Fireworks will start at dark, around 9:30 p.m. Fort Lee in Prince George County. (804) 734-6008 or

Red, White and Lights (Glen Allen)

Tuesday, July 4Free!

Join the Richmond Symphony for a spectacular family-friendly, free Fourth of July celebration from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park in Glen Allen. A laser-light show finale and brief fireworks display will end the evening. Giant inflatables, patriotic games, Miss Sheri the Clown, Jonathan the Juggler and Uncle Sam on Stilts will wow the kids. Food trucks available; chairs or blankets welcome. Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. (804) 652-1455 or

Colonial Heights Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4Free!

Bring your lawn chair or blanket to watch a fireworks spectacular starting around 9:15 p.m. near Charles Dimmock Parkway, easily viewed from the Walmart and Southgate Square area just off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54. Rain date: July 5. (804) 520-9390 or

Goochland Fourth of July Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4Free!

Pack a picnic, bring your blanket and chairs or simply park your car at the Goochland County Administration Building or Goochland Elementary, Middle and High School Complex to enjoy the fireworks display, starting at 9 p.m. at the Goochland Sports Complex (the old high school), 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland. Rain date: July 5. (804) 556-5854

Fireworks Spectacular at Busch Gardens

July 3-4 Included with price of admission

Busch Gardens’ fireworks spectacular begins around 9:30 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday nights, and is easily visible throughout the park. To extend the celebration, fireworks displays will continue each Friday from July 7-Aug. 25 at 9:45 p.m.

Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion

June 30-July 4 ― Included with price of admission

Kings Dominion will showcase extended fireworks shows and music from military bands all weekend for July 4th, with fireworks starting at 9:55 p.m. and lasting about 10 minutes. Active and retired military personnel enjoy free admission with valid ID.

Free Patriotic Daytime Family Events:


Independence Day Celebration & Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony

Tuesday, July 4Free!

This is an all-new event! Join the Virginia Historical Society for a day of patriotic festivities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Events include a citizenship naturalization ceremony at 10:30 a.m., a new exhibit opening: “Washington: The Myths and the Man,” food for sale, a performance by the John Marshall High School Alumni Band, and an exciting visit from Wonder Woman and Captain America for the kids. Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard. (804) 358-4901 or

CarMax Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter

Tuesday, July 4Free!

CarMax is sponsoring free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to celebrate Independence Day all day on July 4. Dress in your patriotic best for a 2 p.m. parade around the Children’s Garden, and enjoy music from the Happy Lucky Combo from 1-4 p.m. This free event includes admission to the Wild Art and Butterflies LIVE! exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave, (804) 262-9887 or

Ashland Fourth of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4Free!

Celebrate Independence Day in small-town style! Ashland’s celebration starts at 11 a.m. with a non-motorized parade beginning on Hanover Avenue at Henry Clay Elementary School and marching to Hanover Arts & Activities Center, 500 S. Center St., where you and the kids can enjoy music, crafts, games and a patriotic pet contest!

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