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Looking for Fourth of July celebrations? Here's a list of local fireworks displays and events

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-04 12:07:14-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - It's almost the Fourth of July, and many cities across Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina will light up the skies with colorful fireworks displays to celebrate. Here's a list of local events across our area.


The 39th annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks will take place at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will feature live musical entertainment from military brass bands, and food like hot dogs, hamburgers and seafood will be available for purchase. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

To learn more, click here.


Shaggin' 4th of July celebration

The Shaggin' 4th of July celebration will take place at High Street Landing.

The Breadwine & Blooze Band plays beach music from 5 to 8 p.m., with a follow-up performance by the Tidewater Concert Band playing patriotic music from 8 - 9:30 p.m.

The firework show starts at 9:30 p.m.

103rd annual 4th of July Patriotic Salute

The 103rd annual 4th of July Patriotic Salute will take place at Afton Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The scheduled is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. - Parade Registration
  • 10:30 a.m. - Parade - Skateboard, Bikes, Wagons, and more!
  • 11 a.m. - Ceremony - Speaker is USCG Commander James Cullen & performances by various artists
  • 11:30 a.m. - Festival until 3 p.m. DJ, vendors, food trucks, non-profits, basketball arcade shooting, obstacle course, corn hole and fun for kids, dogs and the entire family.

Click here for more information.

Virginia Beach


Virginia Beach’s ‘star-spangled’ salute will feature live music and events that culminate in a fireworks show. All performances are free and everyone is welcome

  • Schedule:
    • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. DEJA | 31st Street Park
    • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Chester B's Motown Review | 17th Street Park
    • 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Tidewater Winds Concert Band | 24th Street Stage on the Beach
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks | Fireworks will be shot from a barge and can be viewed from anywhere along the beach


The celebration will feature food trucks, live music from Vinyl Headlights, and a fireworks display. The event begins at 8 pm with free admission and parking will be $10. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm. Note: Lots will be monitored by parking attendants and will close when full - Edwin Drive will be closed once parking lots are full.

  • Schedule:
    • 8:00 p.m. Event begins
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Show

Newport News

The "4th of July Stars in the Sky" event in the Yard District of Newport News will feature live music, on-site food vendors and a fireworks display over the James River.

According to the City of Newport News, the free event will take place at Victory Landing Park Monday, July 4 from 7 p.m. until 9:15 p.m., with live music beginning at 7 p.m. and the fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.

Parking will be available at the Newport News City Hall parking lot and designated non-restricted public parking spaces in the Yard District area.

To learn more about the 4th of July Stars in the Sky, click here or call (757) 926-1400.


Celebrate Freedom will be filled with band concerts following fireworks by Pyrotecnico.

Guests should bring their own chairs or blanket. (Tents, feather flags and oversized umbrellas are not permitted!)

  • Date: Sunday, July 3
  • Location: Chesapeake City Park
  • Schedule (times are approximate):
    • 6 p.m.  Gates Open | Roaming Entertainment | Food  Vendors
    • 7 p.m.  Tidewater Winds Concert Band
    • 8:30 p.m.  U.S. Fleet Forces Band Concert
    • 9:30 p.m.  Fireworks


Suffolk's "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" will be held at Constant's Wharf Park Monday, July 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, children's crafts, merchandise and food vendors and a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.

To learn more about this event, click here.

York County

The 2022 Yorktown Fourth of July celebrations will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4 with a Yorktown Independence Day 8K run/walk at York High School. A parade down Water and Main Streets will follow at 9 a.m., family games and kids' activities will be held at Riverwalk Landing at 1 p.m.

At 4 p.m., event parking opens at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street.

The Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place on the Riverwalk Landing State at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. on the same stage, the Super Jazz Band Concert featuring Conni Ironmonger will begin.

At 9:15 p.m., the city will begin its fireworks display over the James River.

To learn more about the events scheduled in Yorktown, click here.


The City of Franklin and Blackwater Community Events will co-host the 2022 Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy an evening of fun, festivities and fireworks.

The celebration will include:

  • 4 p.m. - Franklin Cruse
  • 4 p.m. - Franklin Market on Main
  • 6-9 p.m. - The Embers perform live at Barrett's Landing
  • 6:30 p.m. - Free hot dogs and watermelon courtesy of Franklin Experience (while supplies last)
  • 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

Click here for more information.

Isle of Wight County

Join Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation for its annual Independence Day Celebration at Heritage Park on Sunday, July 3.

Food vendors will be on site.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Concerts begin at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m..

Mathews County:
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Mathews County 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is back again on the Mathews High School grounds.

The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday with the singing of the National Anthem by Mathews County’s own Heather Mackenzie. This will be followed by an evening of entertainment by the band RipTide, with Mackenzie joining in for some numbers.

Shuttle buses will begin running from Thomas Hunter Middle School at 6 p.m., dropping off and picking up in the Mathews High School bus loop, on the cafeteria side. Buses will stay at the high school until the fireworks end.

The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. In addition, 91-year-old Charles Ingram is still playing an active role in the fireworks display as he has for decades.

Outer Banks Fireworks Show:

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This story will be updated as we learn about more Fourth of July celebrations in the area.