« Back to Blog

5 Things to Do in July

July, we’re glad you’re here.

From your fireworks to your festivals, Newport News becomes a summer hot spot when you arrive. Best of all, you begin with a bang, filling our skies with fireworks!

Here are five things you should do in Newport News this month:

  1. 1. Make awesome 4th of July plans.

Looking for the perfect place to watch fireworks on the 4th of July? We’ve got you covered. Come to the annual “4th of July Stars in the Sky” event in Victory Landing Park. Learn more (For regional July 4th activities, visit virginia.org)

  1. 2. Get in touch with your pre-historic side.

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Virginia Living Museum brings us "Dinosaur Discoveries" with their most popular dinosaurs on exhibit, including T-Rex and Triceratops! This special exhibit is open until September 5thLearn more

  1. 3. Enjoy lots of FREE, outdoor concerts.

Free music on a beautiful summer night- what could be better? Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Newport News offers you a free concert in the great outdoors.

Wednesday- VHS Free Summer Concert Series at Port Warwick

Thursdays by the Lake FREE Summer Concerts

Fridays at The Fountain – FREE Concert Series

  1. 4. Walk our beautiful trails.

Newport News has dozens of parks to keep you fit! This year, our beloved Noland Trail celebrates its 25th year and will have a series of events to celebrate. For you nature lovers, learn more about the park ecology during a special program on July 9th. Learn more

  1. 5. Get artsy.

You won't want to miss the second annual World Arts Celebration on July 16th where you will get to experience cultures from around the world through music, food and family fun! For the moments you want to cool down, take a step inside our arts and entertainment venues during the exciting opportunities listed below:

The Lessons in Jazz Experience, hosted by Kevin Anderson, July 9

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 

Game On: Sports in Ancient and Modern ArtJuly 9 through October 9

Peninsula Fine Arts Center

I Want Magic: An Evening with Tiffany Haas, July 24

Ferguson Center for the Arts

Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn, July 30

Ferguson Center for the Arts


To see a complete and searchable listing of all things to do in Newport News in July, click here

Whatever you do, make the most of each day this month and know that you don't have to go far. There are great things happening in Newport News!