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
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.
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.