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Fourth of July events across Hampton Roads

June 26, 2014

Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

June 26--Hampton

July 4th Fireworks Cruise. Friday, July 4. 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Board at 7 p.m. The Miss Hampton II harbor cruise sails with dancing, complimentary snacks, a full service bar and a snack bar. Reservations are required. Adults, $49, plus tax; children under 12, $35, plus tax. 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton. 757-722-9102 or toll-free 1-888-757-2628. http://www.misshamptoncruises.com.

Fourth at the Fort. Friday, July 4. Beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier open at sunrise. Flag raising ceremony at the Postern Gate entrance to the Casemate Museum at 10 a.m. During Family Fun in the Wherry Quarter from 6 to 8:30 p.m., meet representatives from local organizations and engage in free family fun activities. Hampton Roads Philharmonic Orchestra, Peninsula YMCA, Hampton History Museum, Casemate Museum, Fort Monroe National Monument, The Colonies RV Park, and Youth Sailing Virginia all plan to share their activities and information. Music by the Bay Summer Concert featuring the U.S. Fleet Forces Band Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. in the Wherry Quarter. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food vendors will be on-site. Fireworks: This year, instead of a traditional aerial fireworks show, a 12-minute close proximity show will be launched from the top of the fortress wall at 9:15 p.m. This show, presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, Pa., will highlight the unique features of the stone fort and offer a view of the fort never seen before. The ideal location to view the fireworks is just north of Outlook Beach, along Fenwick Road from the East Gate to Stillwell Road. Rules, restrictions and more information: http://www.fmauthority.com/calendar.

Sunset Concert. Friday, July 4. 6 p.m.-10 p.m.The Paradise Ocean Club's Sunset Concert features Slapnation. Use Stillwell Road to access parking areas for the Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe. $5 per person cover charge. 490 Fenwick Road. 757-224-0290. paradiseoceanclub.com.

Great American Cookout. Friday, July 4. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. All you can eat hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, and baked beans plus three drink tickets for draft Bud Light or fountain sodas. $25 for adults; $15 for children aged 3-10. Slapnation performs from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe, 490 Fenwick Road. 757-224-0290. paradiseoceanclub.com.

Newport News

4th of July Stars in the Sky. Friday, July 4. 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. Fireworks at Victory Landing Park. The Virginia Peninsula's biggest July 4th event features live music, free children's rides (giant slides, moon bounces, and an obstacle course), food vendors and fireworks over the James River. Full Spectrum high-energy band plays at 7 p.m. Fireworks over the James River begin at 9:30 p.m. Free parking available at the Newport News City Hall parking lot and designated non-restricted public parking spaces in the Downtown area. No pets, bicycles, alcohol, skateboards or radios permitted in the event area. 23rd Street, downtown Newport News. 757-926-1400. nngov.com.

Williamsburg

Independence Day at Colonial Williamsburg. Friday, July 4. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The event begins with Salute to the States at 10 a.m. behind the Courthouse, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon at the Courthouse. Fifes and Drums perform 5:30-7 p.m. on Market Square. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor's Palace at 8 p.m. Fireworks commence at 9:20. Afterward, the Fifes and Drums march from Palace Green to Duke of Gloucester Street, ending on Botetourt Street. All events free, open to the public with no tickets required. http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Star Spangled Nights. Busch Gardens launches a summer-long fireworks shows, "Star Spangled Nights" that runs Thursday, July 3-Sunday, Aug. 10. Includes fireworks and moving original soundscapes. A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3-5 to celebrate the Fourth of July. Country singer Lee Greenwood, known for "Proud To Be An American" performs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on July 4. Picnic and boat cruise events also available. Information/prices: http://buschgardens.com.

York

Liberty Celebration. Friday-Sunday, July 4-6. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Yorktown Victory Center marks the Fourth of July with "Liberty Celebration," a three-day program of living history events that will enable visitors to observe Revolutionary War-era tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of period military exercises and learn about the challenges that faced the nation's founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. $9.75 adults, $5.50 children 6-12. 888-593-4682. http://www.historyisfun.org/Liberty-Celebration.htm.

Yorktown Fourth of July. Friday, July 4. Yorktown's celebration begins at 8 a.m. with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5K Walk at York High School. A parade begins at 9 a.m. on Water Street with live music from the Yorktown U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Band. At 4 p.m. event parking on the Yorktown Battlefield opens at Cook Road and Ballard Street. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony, 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk Landing Stage. TRADOC Dixie Band performs at 8 p.m. on the Riverwalk Landing Stage. And fireworks over the York River starts at 9:15 p.m. The Yorktown Trolley, which is handicapped accessible will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. stopping at six locations. 757-890-3500. Event weather hotline: 757-890-3520. http://www.visityorktown.org.

Gloucester

July 4th Celebration at the Beach Enjoy a fun day of swimming, fishing, and boating at Gloucester Point Beach Park on Friday, July 4, capped off by the annual fireworks display from Yorktown at 9:15 p.m. over the York River sponsored by the Yorktown July Fourth committee. Public showers and restrooms are available. Information: http://www.gloucesterva.info or call the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department at 804-693-2355.

Mathews

16th Annual Fireworks Celebration. Friday, July 4. 9 p.m. The Mathews fireworks committee hosts the 16th annual fireworks celebration at Mathews High School located on Route 198. Admission is free. The event includes food vendors and traditional Independence Day fare. Shuttle bus service will be available from Thomas Hunter Middle School starting at 7 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, July 5. A portion of Route 198 in front of the high school will be closed from 8:30-10 p.m. More information: call 725-1488 or Charles Ingram at 725-3236.

Smithfield

Fireworks. Thursday, July 3. 9:30 p.m. From Clontz Park, off North Church Street. Information: 757-365-4200.

Windsor

July Fourth Festival and Fireworks. Friday, July 4. 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. A day full of activities includes a car show, live music, fireworks, free food, bounce houses for kids, and more. 18 Duke St. Windsor High School for fireworks. http://www.windsor-va.gov/events.

Virginia Beach

All American Cook Out Independence Day Eve. Thursday, July 3. 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Live entertainment and fun family events, including children's games on the lawn. Fourth of July Barbecue Supper on the Terrace features roast suckling pig, barbecue, grilled meats, fresh seafood, burgers, hot dogs, sausages, corn, craft beer, sangria, cocktails and live entertainment. Adults, $29.95; children ages 5-12, $11.95; children 4 years and younger, free. Swan Terrace Restaurant and Terrace Grill, The Founders Inn & Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Reservations: email swanterrace@foundersinn.com or 757-424-5511. http://www.foundersinn.com.

Stars and Stripes Explosion and Skyrockets in Flight. Friday, July 4. 8 p.m.-10:45 p.m. Entertainment and music throughout the evening along the oceanfront, 17th Street Park, 20th Street Stage on the Beach, 24th Street Park and 31st Street Park. At 9:30 p.m., view fireworks from the boardwalk, where they are launched off 20th Street from a barge on the water. Please keep all pets safe inside during fireworks. Fireworks may be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather or unsafe water conditions. Free. Full entertainment schedule: http://www.beachstreetusa.com.

Norfolk

Great American Picnic and Fourth of July Celebration. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, July 4. Traditional all-American fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, buttered corn on the cob, watermelon and lemonade, available for purchase. U.S. Army TRADOC Band performs free at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.Towne Point Park, 101 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. festevents.org.

Chesapeake

Celebrate Freedom. Thursday, July 3. Event parking opens at 5 p.m.; event starts at 6 p.m. Celebrate America's birthday with children's activities and family entertainment. Bring your own chairs/blanket. No pop-up tents permitted. Concessions available. U.S. Army TRADOC Command Band performs at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin after sunset and the concert. Free, but $5 on-site parking fee. 757-382-6411. Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Parkway. http://www.cityofchesapeake.net.

Suffolk

Stars and Stripes Spectacular. Friday, July 4. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The park will open at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment, children's activities, local merchandise and food vendors. The fireworks show over the Nansemond River at Constants Wharf Park begins at 9 p.m. Free. Constant's Wharf Park, 110 E. Constance Road. http://www.suffolkva.us/parks/special-events

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