Best time to go to Virginia

4th of July 2020

Celebrate America in one of Virginia's plentiful historical sites

4th of July in Virginia 2020 - Best Time
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With plenty of historical sites, 4th of July vacations in Virginia can be unforgettable. Stroll through the Great House in Norfolk, also called The Stratford Hall plantation house, that was built by Thomas Lee, attend the Declaration of Independence and see the magnificent fireworks.

Richmond has plenty of attractions on July 4th: from baseball to historical reenactments. Come and cheer for the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond stadium at 6:35 pm. The Flying Squirrels also have a home-stand with patriotic tank giveaway and fireworks. Rockets Red Glare at Rockets Landing features vendors, live music, food trucks, craft beer, a beach volleyball tournament, and riverfront fireworks at 9 pm. Dogwood Dell celebrates independence at Byrd Park with a free concert of Richmond Jazz Band and fireworks at dusk. There is a 1775 reenactment at St. John's Church in the historic Church Hill, the Second Virginia Convention location. Another special event that also takes place there on July 4th is the reading of The Declaration of Independence.

4th of July Fireworks in Richmond 2020
4th of July Fireworks in Richmond

Fairfax has an impressive parade in the morning and fireworks in the evening. The parade starts at 10 am in the Fairfax Historic District. It features floats, marching bands, large inflatable balloons, firetrucks, Shriners' little cars, equestrian units, clowns, and gymnasts. The Fairfax Fire Department also hosts its Old-Fashioned Fireman's Day at Fire House 3 with fun watery competitions, games, musical entertainment, and barbecue. Don't forget to see a fireworks display over Fairfax High School.

Brandermill hosts The Brandermill 7.4K run and a parade that starts at 10 am. near Swift Creek Middle School.

Colonial Williamsburg has many historic sites to visit. Start from a reading of the Declaration of Independence. A local celebration at the Market Square offers traditional games like tomahawk throwing or tug of war. And of course, the festivities will culminate with the fireworks.

4th of July Fireworks in Colonial Williamsburg 2020
4th of July Fireworks in Colonial Williamsburg

Yorktown has Fourth of July celebrations at the Yorktown Victory Center. Visitors can see the annual parade and observe military drills. Yorktown also has an impressive fireworks display over the York River.

Yorktown Independence Day Parade 2020
Yorktown Independence Day Parade
4th of July in Virginia - Best Season 2020

Bristol has a Fourth of July festival at Cumberland Square Park, that runs from 5 pm to 10 pm. Festivities feature a tribute to local veterans, craft vendors, food, eating contests, and kids activities in the park. The fireworks display starts at 10 pm.

Cape Charles is a small town, but its 4th of July celebration is very atmospheric. The day begins with singing the national anthem. Cape Charles 4th of July parade begins at 10 am featuring floats, equestrian units, and firetrucks. The fireworks start after dark. A good spot to watch from is Cape Charles beach.

Norfolk, due to its Naval station has a lot of military personnel and a very patriotic atmosphere on July 4th. A large celebration at Town Point Park lasts from 5 pm to 10 pm. There is also plenty of entertainment and live music by the waterfront. Food vendors offer summer favorites like hot dogs and corn on the cob. Don't miss the massive fireworks display over the waterfront that begins at 9:30 pm.

Virginia Beach is a perfect spot for a summer vacation. And it gets quite busy on July 4th. Many visitors gather to see The Stars & Stripes Explosion extravaganza on the beach. The festivities start with a free live concert followed by the magnificent fireworks.

Charlottesville has many traditional festivities for Independence Day. Historic Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, holds a Naturalization Ceremony followed by a celebration and Jefferson's Open House with a free walk-through tour from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Another Independence Day Celebration takes place at James Monroe's Highland. Kids can enjoy numerous games and activities from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, while adults are busy with a picnic. Fireworks and “Happy Birthday, America” festival takes place at Carter Mountain, featuring a bike parade, sack races, a water balloon toss, and a watermelon seed spitting contest.