Several Virginia towns and cities are holding safe and socially distant Fourth of July celebrations.
Usually the Fourth of July brings the promise of barbecues, parades, and beach parties as Americans join together to celebrate the nation’s independence. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on across the country, numerous Independence Day activities have been canceled in order to prevent further spread of the virus. And Virginia was no exception.
Events from Arlington to Goochland have seen cancellations due to the ongoing public health crisis. But, there are still several Virginia towns and cities that are holding safe and socially distant Fourth of July celebrations.
Should you choose to participate in the festivities, health officials advise avoiding large crowds, practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering, and trying to find outdoor events.
Here’s a roundup of some of the Independence Day events happening around the Commonwealth this weekend.
Blacksburg: The town of Blacksburg is hosting a firework display at the Blacksburg High School property on Patrick Henry Drive at 9:30 p.m. However, residents are encouraged to view the fireworks from home.
Anyone viewing the fireworks from the Food Lion shopping plaza on the corner of Patrick Henry Drive and North Main Street is asked to stay near their car and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Buena Vista: The city of Buena Vista will be hosting a fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Glen Maury Park starting at 9:30 p.m. alongside the Buena Vista Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch.
Chesterfield: Chesterfield County is holding a fireworks show at 9 p.m. located at the county fairgrounds on Courthouse Road. The fairgrounds will be closed to the public, so spectators will have to view the show from nearby parking lots. County officials note that trees may obscure the view of the show.
Christiansburg: The town of Christiansburg will be hosting a fireworks display at the Peppers Ferry Road property at 9:15 p.m. However, residents are encouraged to watch the display from home if they can. The fireworks will also be livestreamed on the town’s Facebook page.
In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, July 5.
Danville: The city’s fireworks show is scheduled to begin at dusk, weather permitting. But, the city’s celebration at the Carrington Pavilion has been canceled.
Fredericksburg: The Fredericksburg Nationals are hosting a fireworks display at their new baseball stadium on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center at around 9 p.m.
Residents are welcome to park and remain in their cars within a 2-mile radius of the stadium. The show is expected to last about a half-hour. The traditionally held fireworks show in Old Mill Park and Pratt Park as well as the Fredericksburg Heritage Festival has been canceled.
Galax: The city of Galax is hosting a fireworks show at Felts Park, beginning at 10 p.m. While the 4th of July Parade is canceled, the city will still be holding the Great Galax Duck Race at 10 a.m at Chestnut Creek.
Lynchburg: The Lynchburg Hillcats will be launching fireworks at Bank of James Stadium during the Ronnie Roberts Senior Classic, a 10-inning contest between the 43 senior baseball players in the district. The game itself is sold out but $3 tickets are available to watch the show from City Stadium.
Radford: Due to COVID-19, the annual Spirit of America Independence Day celebration has been canceled and Bisset Park has been closed. But, the city of Radford will still be hosting a fireworks celebration at dusk.
According to officials, the fireworks will be set off higher and last longer than usual. Officials report that there will be several viewing spots along West Main Street that will provide a great view.
The time of the fireworks display will depend on the weather, but Saturday’s sunset is predicted to be around 8:45 p.m.
Richmond: The Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team is teaming up with the city to put on what is expected to be the largest show at the Diamond at Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The fireworks are expected to start at 9:30 p.m. on July 4.
Officials state that the team might allow as many as 6,000 people in the stadium for the fireworks, but no announcement has been made. The fireworks show will also be televised by CBS 6 in an hour-long special.