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July 4 Celebrations in Hampton Roads and the OBX

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 11:30:41-04

Hampton Roads:

Chesapeake – July 3 –   Celebrate Freedom – Celebrate America’s Birthday! Fireworks will illuminate the night sky after sunset. Enjoy lively music and family entertainment. Bring your own chairs/blanket – Event starts at 6pm. FREE admission – $5 fee for onsite parking

Chesapeake – July 4 –  35th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park – Parade, entertainment, food, games, petting zoo and paddleboat rides. – Parade starts at 10am. FREE

Fort Monroe – July 4 – Fourth at the Fort – You and your whole family can spend Independence Day at Fort Monroe! Family fun activities will be offered in the Wherry Quarter of Fort Monroe. Added to our usual popular attractions and special events this year, Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA will present a close proximity light show at 9:15 pm on fortress wall. FREE

Newport News – July 4 –4th of July Stars in the Sky – Victory Landing Park – 7pm-10pm – Enjoy spectacular views of the James River and dinner hot off a food vendor’s grill. Then sit back and relax with a concert by a nationally-known entertainer. As the music ends, the sky over the James River explodes into kaleidoscope of color in a spectacular fireworks show. FREE

Newport News – July 4 – 4th of July in the Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America – Virginia Living Museum Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America celebrates our nation and her heroes with a dazzling mix of music and laser fireworks. Shows at 5pm, 6pm,7pm, 8pm, 9pm. Evening Show Cost: $3 VLM members, $6 non-members.

Norfolk – July 4 –  33rd Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks – 5pm – 10pm – Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.! FREE

Norfolk – July 3 – The Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration – 7pm – 10pm – Ocean View Beach Park –  This Patriotic beach party is family fun that includes great music, food, beverages, children’s activities and more! Then experience a spectacular fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay at 9:30pm. FREE

Portsmouth – July 4 –  Independence Day Celebration – 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks light up the sky in celebration of our Nations birthday.  View the fireworks from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. The right side of the river!

Portsmouth – July 4 – Historic Cradock’s 97th Children’s Bike Parade and Patriotic Salute – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 45 Afton Parkway Portsmouth, Va. – Come watch the bike parade and patriotic salute sponsored by the Cradock Civic League. FREE

Portsmouth – July 4 – Patriots Day: 4th of July Celebration: World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth! – 10am – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum – Celebrate America’s independence 1940s style. Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, or learn how to make a mock apple pie. Live 1940s music throughout the day, plus swing dancing demonstrations and beginner’s lessons. FREE

Suffolk – July 4 –  Stars and Stripes Spectacular – 5:30pm – 9:30pm  -Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular, as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 5:30pm with entertainment, children’s activities, local merchandise vendors and food choices available. The firework show will begin at 9pm, for the whole family to enjoy!–  FREE

Surry – July 5 –   Fourth of July Fireworks and Entertainment – Surry County Community Center –  4pm – 10pm – Celebrate the 4th with fireworks and entertainment

Virginia Beach – July 4 – 4th of July Celebration at First Landing SP – 10am – 9pm – Come out for a day full of fun events celebrating our Independence Day! All activities will begin under the big tent at the end of the main boardwalk on the beach. This fantastic day of fanfare will end with our annual fireworks display. FREE

Virginia Beach –  July 4  July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore – 4pm -10pm – Celebrate America’s independence with live music by local musicians, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close.  FREE with on-site parking (fee).

Virginia Beach – July 4 –  Stars and Stripes Explosion – Virginia Beach Oceanfront – 8pm – Close – Multiple performance venues at the oceanfront attract thousands of out-of-town visitors and local residents for a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours!  FREE

Virginia Beach – July 4th 4th of July Fireworks at Sandbridge Beach – 6:30pm – 9pm -At 6:30 pm on July 4, the annual Boat Parade will begin. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Island Style.” The Fireworks display will start at 9:10 pm and be set off from the Mill Pond at Sand Bend Road and Back Bay Crescent. FREE

Williamsburg – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration at Colonial Williamsburg – 10am – 10pm – Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for a vibrant and patriotic celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic, a performance by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, and a dazzling display of fireworks – you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening. VARIOUS TICKET OPTIONS

YorktownUpdate: The fireworks scheduled for July 4 have been cancelled due to the possibility of storms.  There is no rain date for the fireworks.  July 4 – Yorktown Independence Day Celebration – 9am – 9:30pm – Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront beginning with a 9 a.m. patriotic parade on Water Street and during its evening Independence Day Celebration, featuring a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m. and patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, followed by spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m. FREE

Yorktown – July 4-6 – Liberty Celebration at Yorktown Victory Center – 9am – 6:30pm – This Fourth of July, salute the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4-5, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. Visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence. VARIOUS TICKET OPTIONS

OUTER BANKS and NE N. Carolina:

Avon – July 4 – July 4 Fireworks at the Avon Fishing Pier – A spectacular fireworks show in celebration of the 4th of July will take place at Avon Pier on Hatteras Island at 9:15 p.m.

Corolla – July 3 – 23rd Annual Festival of Fireworks – Historic Corolla Park –  Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Festival of Fireworks which will be held on Friday, July 3 2015. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music and a spectacular fireworks show.  The Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla offers an afternoon of fun family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free; event starts at 5:00 p.m. with a fireworks display at dusk. Sponsored by the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism.

Duck – July 3 –  11th Annual Town of Duck Fourth of July Parade – 9am – The 11th Annual Duck 4th of July Parade will take place on FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following the parade, join us at the Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road, for live music from Just Playn’ Dixieland, cold refreshments, and the awarding of the parade trophies! FREE

Elizabeth City – 4th of July Celebration – July 4 – 6pm – 9pm – Join us for our 4th of July celebration downtown starting at 6 p.m. Come see us July 4th at Waterfront Park! FREE

Kill Devil Hills – July 3 – 4th Annual Freedom 5k, Old Glory Mile and Little Sparkler Stroller –All American family and community event in the spirit of American Independence! Presented by Sun Realty and Outer Banks RunCations Supporting Wounded Warrior Project Event participants will enjoy post-race refreshments provided by The Shore Chef & Outer Banks Rum Cakes. Custom designed trophies created especially for this event for the top Male and Female 1st – 3rd place. Event t-shirt and unique finisher medals to ALL participants. All Old Glory Milers and Sparkler Fun Runners will also receive finisher medals. FREE for spectators.

Kill Devil Hills – July 4 –  Fireworks at the Avalon Fishing Pier – The Town of Kill Devil Hills Fireworks show will begin at dusk on the Avalon Fishing Pier. Fireworks can be viewed from all areas of the Kill Devil Hills oceanfront. FREE

Manteo – July 4 – July 4th Celebration Music and Fireworks – Pack up the lawn chairs, blankets and picnic and bring family and friends as the nation celebrates July 4th in the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Fireworks will be provided by the Town of Manteo after dark.  FREE

Manteo – July 6 – Independence Day 1850 – 10am – 4pm. Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on our grassy lawn as we commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. $8.

Nags Head – July 3 – 2015 KILLER DUNES 2-MILER & FUN RUN – 8:30 a.m. –  Start off your Independence Day weekend by supporting one of the Outer Banks’ most beautiful treasures – the Outer Banks Running Club once again invites you to run/walk/overcome a 2 mile course on the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States! Quarter-mile Fun Run also available for all ages. Proceeds benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, preserving, & enhancing Jockey’s Ridge State Park. FREE for spectators.

Nags Head – July 4 – July 4th Fireworks in Nags Head – The Town of Nags Head will host, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. FREE