Where To Catch The Fireworks

Where To Catch The Fireworks

Every year its always the biggest question: Where should we go to catch the best fireworks display?  My personal favorite is Busch Gardens, why you ask?  The reason is simple.  You can arrive at the park early, ride some rides and even step inside to catch a show or two and escape the heat.  Then as the sun goes down I have found that if you start to head back to your car just before the fireworks start, you will get an amazing view of the entire show with very little crowds and no trees or buildings to block your view.  Want other options?  Below is a list of of all fireworks displays in Hampton Roads.

Source: Denise Watson, The Virginian-Pilot

Saturday, July 1

Norfolk

Norfolk Tides. Fireworks following the 7:05 p.m. game against the Durham Bulls. http://bit.ly/Tidesfireworks

Suffolk

Sizzling Saturdays, pre-Fourth of July Family cookout. Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington St. Free food, contests and games. 1 to 3 p.m. 757-514-7323, http://bit.ly/Suffolk2017

Monday, July 3

Chesapeake

Celebrate Freedom. Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive. Family activities, music by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band from Fort Eustis and fireworks. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Event is free; $5 on-site parking fee. 757-382-6411, http://bit.ly/Chesapeake2017

Norfolk

Norfolk Tides. Fireworks following the 7:05 p.m. game against the Durham Bulls. http://bit.ly/Tidesfireworks

Williamsburg

Busch Gardens. 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Fireworks, 9:30-9:45 p.m. Regular admission fees. 757-229-4386, http://bit.ly/buschgardens2017

Tuesday, July 4

Chesapeake

37th annual South Norfolk Parade and Picnic in the Park. Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Blvd. Parade starts at 10 a.m., picnic 11 a.m. Free. 757-839-0383, www.southnorfolk civicleague.com

Hampton

Fort Monroe. 20 Ingalls Road. A day of activities, including re-enactors in period attire, a salute volley and live period music. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free. 757-637-7778, www.fmauthority.com.

Newport News

Fourth of July Stars in the Sky. Victory Landing Park, at the end of 23rd Street along the James River. Kid’s rides, including giant slides and moon bounces, and music by the Blue Aces, a U.S. Air Force band. Food vendors on site and fireworks in the evening. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 757-926-1400, www.nnparks.com

Spirit of America. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. The indoor event mixes a laser show with patriotic and America-inspired rock ’n’ roll songs. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Shows on the hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $3 for members, $6 for nonmembers. 595-1900, www.thevlm.org.

Norfolk

35th annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks at Town Point Park. Food, including traditional holiday fare and seafood, vendors will be on site. Live entertainment and fireworks. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. www.festevents.org.

Suffolk

Stars and Stripes Spectacular. Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina, 110 E. Constance Road. Entertainment and family activities; food and merchandise vendors on site. Free, except a children’s area for ages 12 and younger costs $5. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free shuttles will run from the First Baptist Church, Godwin Courts and City Hall parking lots beginning at 5:15 p.m. 757-514-7267, www.suffolk-fun.com.

Virginia Beach

Annual Fourth of July celebration. Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive. Live entertainment, children’s activities. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food vendors on site. Note: Limited on-site parking, $10. When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close. Expect delays. 4 to 10 p.m. Free event. www.vbgov.com .

Stars and Stripes Explosion. On the beach at 24th Street, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park and 31st Street Park. Live music and performances by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30. Free. 757-385-7873, www.beachstreetusa.com.

Fireworks 2017! Sandbridge, at Sand Bend Road and Back Bay Crescent. Boat parade, followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m. 757-288-0372, sandbridgelife.com.

Williamsburg

Busch Gardens. 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Regular admission. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 757-229-4386, www.visitwilliamsburg.com.

Colonial Williamsburg

Festivities include a “Go Fourth and Explore” holiday program at the Wythe, Geddy and Randolph houses and the Armory; readings of the Declaration of Independence by actors portraying Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry; a military muster celebrating the original 13 Colonies; the Williamsburg Lodge Family Fourth of July Celebration with food and entertainment. Day activities require regular admission. Fireworks display over Governor’s Palace, which begins at 9 p.m., is free. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. "Liberty Celebration." Activities all day. Visitors can see re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and a Revolution-era farm, hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence, interact with costumed historical interpreters and watch artillery and musket demonstrations. The day includes several musical performances. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $12 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6. www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/liberty-celebration

In Yorktown, festivities begin with an 8K run and 5K walk, parade at 9 a.m., bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., and concert and fireworks at 9:15. www.yorkcounty.gov.


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