RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For many, the 4th of July will look a little different this year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Some fireworks shows in Central Virginia have been canceled, but there are still some fireworks to watch and other fun activities happening this weekend.
Henrico County Recreation and Parks’ annual Red, White and Lights is one event that is canceled.
“Since that event can draw upwards of 10 to 20 thousand people, it just didn’t feel feasible or safe to gather so many people during this time,” said Pam Kempf of Henrico Recreation and Parks.
Instead, the county is getting creative by making 4th of July displays at Crump Park at Meadow Farm Museum in the county’s west end and at Dorey Park in the county’s east end.
The displays, which include flags, sand sculptures and more, will be up from July 1 to July 5. “We thought it would just minimize the large number of people in one place at one time. It would be all spaced out and everything is all spread out on a large field,” said Kempf.
On July 3, “Uncle Sam on Stilts” will pay a visit to Crump Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. At Dorey Park, There will be a historical reenactor portraying London Pleasants, an enslaved man during the Revolutionary War, at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Here’s where you can watch fireworks in our area this year:
Chesterfield County’s Fourth of July Celebration
- When? 9:15 p.m. on July 4
- Where? Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road
- Other info: This is a free event, but parking is limited and there will be no food or entertainment vendors. Social distancing will be enforced and no alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed on county property. Read more here.
Powhatan Freedom Festival
- When? 6-11 p.m. on July 4
- Where? Powhatan Fairgrounds, 4042 Anderson Hwy
- Other info: This is a free event, but they will be accepting donations that will go towards free dental care for kids in the community from the Powhatan Dental Outreach Foundation for Children.
Capitol on the Fourth
- When? 8 p.m. on July 4
- Where? Online or on PBS
- Other info: PBS will steam the fireworks display in D.C.
Independence Day at the National Archives
- When? 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4
- Where? Online
- Other info: The National Archives will have various programs throughout the day from discussions with historical reenactors to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. While all activities are free some require registration.