Firework displays and rules in Richmond, VA

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Tickets to the Fourth of July Squirrels game are sold out, but you’ll definitely be able to watch the fireworks from nearby. | Photo by RICtoday

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Unless you love bonding over a cul-de-sac cleanup, it’s nice to let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays.

Consider us your one-stop fireworks shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and tips to DIY. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.

Public firework displays

  • Dogwood Dell | 6 p.m. | The Festival of Arts celebration will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence + concert bands playing patriotic tunes during the 9 p.m. fireworks show.
  • Chesterfield County Fairgrounds | 5 p.m. | This fun-packed event boasts a Kid’s Zone, food vendors, music by the KOS Band, magicians, jugglers + fireworks.
  • Crump Park | 4 p.m. | If you love the bright colors of fireworks but want to switch it up, check out this laser show with live music from No BS! Brass Band.
  • King’s Dominion | 9 p.m. | After a day of riding roller coasters + watching live shows and parades, enjoy a firework spectacle.

Where to watch

We asked you where to go to see fireworks popping off across the city. Follow the map for a bald eagle’s eye view of the festivities.

Firework safety

Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ feet (about double the height of the James Monroe Building)? Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn. Luckily, there’s rules in place so you can contribute to the spectacle safely.

Review each locality’s rules concerning fireworks. If you decide to DIY, follow these guidelines.

Celebrate some peace + quiet

Before you spend the night trying to lure your four-legged friend out from under the bed, you may want to get as far from the commotion as possible.

Your best option is a nearby state park, like Pocahontas or Powhatan state parks. Pack some food and water and go stargazing, or even camping.