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No Fireworks on the James! Here are 12 other options for the 4th

RVA Fireworks on the James is canceled after two major sponsors pulled out of the event.

Unfortunately, RVA Fireworks on the James has been canceled after two major sponsors pulled out of the event. But lucky for you here is a list of other places to catch a cool light show around RVA!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Free admission all day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.!

(Please note: there are NO fireworks at Lewis Ginter)

Celebrate the CarMax Free Fourth of July by enjoying the gardens and Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks!  Wear red, white and blue & bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Children can also cool off in WaterPlay.

1 – 4 p.m.: Live music by the Happy Lucky Combo in the Children’s Garden

2 p.m.: Parade around the Children’s Garden

Food is available for purchase in the Garden Cafe and in the Tea House.

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1st Annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia

The Innsbrook Foundation and Innsbrook Rotary are teaming up to put on one of the greatest culinary events in Richmond and closing the night with fireworks.  Celebrating all things Virginia, Innsbrook Taste of Virginia is a food festival showcasing delicious dishes from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title, as well as awards for other significant categories. Proceeds help support TOVA charity partner, FeedMore.

Date: Saturday, July 2nd (Rain Date: Sunday, July 3rd)

Time: 3:30pm-9:30pm

– Tasting Competition, 5pm-7pm

– Full menu items AND tastings available 3:30pm-9:30pm

– All restaurants have been given a minimum amount of tastings to provide.  Tastings are available as early as 3:30pm and will continue until the restaurants run out.

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Goochland County Fireworks

Bring the whole family and enjoy a night under the stars with the community’s favorite event of the year on Monday. Park & watch the fireworks from Goochland County Administration Building, Goochland Elementary, Middle & High School Complex. Leave the alcohol at home, as it is prohibited at this event.

Where: 1800 Sandy Hook Road
Goochland, VA 23063

-Goochland Sports Complex (Old High School)

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King's Dominion Star Spangled Celebration

Saturday, July 2 

10:00am: National Anthem performed by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (TRADOC Band)
10:15am, 12:05pm & 1:00pm: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (TRADOC Band) on International Street
10:00am-5:00pm: USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
10:30am-5:00pm: Military Chef BBQ Challenge under the Eiffel Tower

Sunday, July 3

10:00am: National Anthem performed by Fife and Drum Band
10:15am, 12:05pm & 1:00pm: Fife and Drum Band performance

Monday, July 4

10:00am: National Anthem performed by the 380th Army Band
10:05am, 12:05pm & 1:00pm: 380th Army Band performs on International Street

Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include but are not limited to active military, retired military, and veterans with honorable or medical discharge. Either a DD 214 or government issued ID will be accepted.

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Busch Gardens

Bring your family to the fun July 2, 3, and 4 where you can see huge colorful fireworks light up the sky each night.  This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.

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Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate the fourth of July with music and fireworks at Dogwood Dell. Enjoy a free family Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell with  Carillon bells and Richmond Concert Band. Come a bit early to get a seat within the Dell, bring the family and friends, and of course your picnic supper. The concert begins at 7:30pm, just after the Carillon concert.

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Red, White, and Lights

A Henrico County 4th of July Celebration has taken place annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time, expanded hours, and features new entertainment. The free event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. Food trucks will be onsite to provide an evening meal or snack while guests enjoy the evenings performances.

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Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4th at The Diamond is a Richmond tradition and this year we celebrate with the biggest and best fireworks show around. PLEASE NOTE: NOT A BARK IN THE BARK MONDAY. Gates open at 4:30

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Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration

Gates open at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. for children’s activities, entertainment including KOS, Chesterfield Community Band and more. Food available for sale. Firesworks at dark. 10300 Courthouse Road.

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Fourth at the Fort

Join the celebration at Fort Lee beginning at 5 p.m. Music from the RNPP Band and 392nd Army Band, plus a KidZone. Food available to purchase. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

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Colonial Heights Fireworks

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. off Charles Dimmock Parkway with viewing in the Southgate Square/Walmart area.

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Ashland Fourth of July Parade

The non-motorized parade gets underway at 11 a.m. at Henry Clay Elementary on Hanover Avenue and marches to Hanover Arts & Activities Center for contests, music, crafts, games and more.

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