black sky with multiple fireworks on displayThere are several places to see fireworks so here are some of the best places to watch fireworks in RVA on July 4.

July Fourth – Independence Day – is one of our favorite holidays. It’s the highlight of the summer, and nothing is better than enjoying a long, warm day capped off by a breathtaking display of pyrotechnics.

⚾The Diamond

Baseball fans and Flying Squirrels supporters have been longtime fans of the show at The Diamond. Get your tickets early for the Flying Squirrels Independence Day game and their popular fireworks display after. It’s the longest fireworks session of the year, typically lasting around 10 to 15 minutes. Get your tickets for the 6:35 pm game fast – this one almost always sells out.

 

Such a fun time! My first time was for the July 4th Independence Day Fireworks, largest crowd ever drawn for a Flying Squirrels game! It was so much fun, lots of little silly games between innings, fantastic fireworks and some great ball playing too! I had a memorable time and I’m excited to go back soon. The stadium is small so every seat is great and the price of tickets are inexpensive ($8-$12) for a fun filled night with your friends or family! Everyone’s just having a good time, the American way! | Olivia C. via Yelp

🏢Rooftop Bars

If you’ve lived in Richmond even just a little while, you know that our rooftop patio scene is the place to be, and celebrating our nation’s birthday is no exception. When it comes to the best rooftop bars to watch fireworks in Richmond VA on July 4th, there are a couple of standouts.

The Hof Garden- 4:30 pm til 11:30 pm. The Hof is hosting a fireworks-watching party on its roof with music from the Tin Can Fish Band, tasty German eats, and the finest European beers on tap. You’ll have a great view of the show, but come early – the seats fill up fast.

The Quirk Rooftop – 5 pm til midnight. Enjoy boozy snow cones and BBQ from Quirk’s Maple and Pine restaurant on the rooftop while taking in a panoramic view of the fireworks. No reservations, first come, first served. The Quirk is one of the most popular rooftop bars here, and for good reason. The small plates are perfect to share, and the atmosphere is always fun and exciting.

🍻RVA Brewerys

group of people drinking beer in a brewery sitting at a tableIf you’re looking for events on the ground, or something a little more family friendly, visit one of the Independence Day cook-outs and block parties.

Isley Brewing Co. – noon til 10:00 pm. Isley Brewing Co. will have a backyard cookout serving Jus Cuk’n BBQ, plenty of games to play, Isley craft beer, and of course, a view of the fireworks at the Diamond. Bring your own lawn chairs. Free entry, pay as you go for the food and beverages you’d like. This event is more free-flowing, with fun for all ages.

Hardywood Brewdependence Day – 2 pm til 10 pm. Hardywood Brewery is celebrating the Fourth with an all-day party with food, music, beer and a great viewing spot of the fireworks at the Diamond. Ownby Lane will be closed to traffic, letting you wander around safely. Let the little ones run off energy in the bounce house and feed everyone’s tastes with food trucks including Arroz RVA, BoDillaz, Sammich, Smokie JOE’S BBQ, Gelati Celesti, and King Of Pops. Local bands start at 4 pm featuring Zep Replica, Full Moon Fever, and more. Don’t forget to stake out a spot to enjoy fireworks after the game! Free entry, pay as you go for food and beverages.

Brews, Hot Dogs, and New Releases at Castleburg Brewery. Spoken directly from the Brew masters themselves. “What better way to celebrate our Independence than with good friends, beer, music and free hot dogs!! Let’s do the damn thing and have a blast! Doors open at 1:00 and the party doesn’t end until the fireworks start at the Diamond.”

Castleburg Brewery & Taproom will be offering Red, White & Blue Gose Beers throughout the day in half pours (8 oz) and pints (16 oz). (No Crowler or Growler Fills.)

RED 1:00-4:00 – Raspberries on Gose
WHITE 4:00-7:00 – Pineapple on Gose
BLUE 7:00-Close – Blueberries on Gose
In addition to brewing awesome beer for you, Karl will be grilling up some hot dogs for you, for free! (while supplies last)
From 5-8 PM, Castleburg will have live music from The Analogue Republic. Hailing from Richmond Virginia, The Analogue Republic is an unconventional “power trio” merging blues, jazz, funk and rock to form a unique voice that pays tribute to its many influences. The group dishes out tight groove oriented music reminiscent of bands such as, Galactic, Lettuce and John Scofield. The guitar-centric project is headed up by Gary Titi who brings a jazz flavor with decidedly pop sensibilities. Kevin Gaines on the drums creates a solid driving rhythm section. The project is often a workshop of sorts, sometimes weaving in other instrumentalists to add to the sonic stew. Fans of accessible groove based jazz should appreciate what the band has to offer.

🌆Rockett’s Landing

Rocketts Landing – featuring Rockett’s Red Glare. The fireworks display at Rockett’s Landingfireworks on the james river at rocketts landing is the culmination of a three-day long professional volleyball tournament. While there has been a similarly named event over Memorial Day in the past, this is something new, different – and totally fun! This Rocketts Red Glare is anchored by the EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championships, a nationwide tour that will bring 24 two-person men’s and women’s teams to town. Come out to see the free tournament play, and stick around for the festivities! Spend time in the Kids’ Zone with a gigantic sandbox, face-painting, glitter tattoos, and sporting activities. Refresh yourself with food and frozen treats for sale from Strawberry Street Café, Papa John’s Pizza, Kona Ice, and Royal Creamery. Loveland Brewing will be there with beer for sale from Stone Brewing, Buskey Cider, and White Claw Hard Seltzer, as well as Belle Isle spirits. Experience the best tastes of Richmond and have a great view of the fifteen-minute fireworks display that ends the evening.

🎼Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Richmond Symphony Orchestra fans might notice something different this year. If you’ve been a fan of Red, White, and Lights, the Fourth of July celebration under the Big Tent with the Richmond Symphony, note that it’s moving to a new location. The event begins at 5 pm with a family fun zone and culminates in the symphony concert at 8:15, followed by fireworks. It will be moving from Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park to Dorey Park at 2999 Darbytown Road.

 

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July Fourth – Independence Day – is one of our favorite holidays. It's the highlight of the summer, and nothing is better than enjoying a long, warm day capped off by a breathtaking display of pyrotechnics. There are several great places to see fireworks so here are some of the best places to watch fireworks in RVA on July 4.
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