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Celebrating July 4th in Newport News

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Fun in 2021

This 4th of July, Newport News is encouraging its residents and visitors to enjoy the Independence Day Weekend by getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with family and friends.  

For local residents, a variety of free items that focus on outdoor family fun will be distributed from June 26 to July 3 at several locations throughout Newport News. The bags will include a LOVE NN holiday yard sign; a hand-held American flag; an imprinted bubble wand, softball, flying disc, and picnic blanket; an LED ring; along with some flyers, such as a directory of the city’s parks and a listing of 36 things to do in the parks. The bags are limited to one per family and will be distributed at:

 Visitors who stop in at the Newport News Visitor Center and specifically ask for a goodie bag will also receive one, while supplies last. 

 To add to the fun, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4th, a variety of food trucks will be available at four of the city’s parks:

Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave. – Kona Ice and Pop’s Kettle Corn.

  • Riverview Farm Park, 105 City Farm Road – Hadassah’s Grill (Mediterranean cuisine) and PA Dutch Funnel Cake
  • Huntington Park (at Fort Fun), 9285 Warwick Blvd. – B-52 Smokehouse BBQ and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
  • King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave. – Atomic Dog (hot dogs) and Kona Ice.

And, as a special treat, the city will offer free admission on the 4th of July at the following:

  1. Lee Hall Mansion, 163 Yorktown Road
  2. Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Road
  3. Disc Golf Course, Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave.

 For water enthusiasts, the city will provide free launching on Independence Day of private watercraft at Lee Hall Reservoir and Harwood’s Mill. And for those who like to fish, free shoreline fishing will be available at Newport News Park and Harwood’s Mill, but a fishing license will still be required.

 Finally, as it did last year, the city will fly a celebratory banner over the city, pulled by an airplane from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The banner will wish all citizens and guests a “Happy 4th of July.”

 The Independence Day activities outlined above were planned in place of the city’s annual “4th of July Stars in the Sky,” a fireworks display traditionally held at Victory Landing Park. The park’s size will not allow for social distancing for the thousands of people who typically attend. The decision to replace the fireworks display with other activities was made in early April, prior to the easing of crowd restrictions. Fireworks in Newport News will return in 2022.

Red, White & Freckled at the Virginia Living Museum

Meet “Freckles” this 4th of July weekend! The Virginia Living Museum celebrates a rare Calico Lobster now on permanent exhibit in the Museum’s World of Darkness Gallery. “Freckles'' is a rare creature as only 1 out of 30 million lobsters displays this unique shell coloration known as calico. The vibrant orange and black shell pattern challenges their survival in the wild since they are no longer able to camouflage with their natural habitat. For more information on how to see this unique lobster, click here.

Neighboring City Fireworks

Wednesday, June 30
  • Franklin
    9:15 p.m. June 30 at Barrett’s Landing, 510 S. Main St.

Friday, July 2
  • Smithfield
    9:30 p.m. July 2 at Clontz Park in Downtown Smithfield, 404 North Church Street.

Saturday, July 3
  • Chesapeake
    9:30 p.m. July 3 at Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive.
  • Isle of Wight County
    9:30 p.m. July 3 at Heritage Park (Joel C. Bradshaw Fairgrounds), 21311 Courthouse Highway, Windsor, VA.

Sunday, July 4
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    9:20 p.m. July 4 above the Governor’s Palace.
  • Norfolk
  • 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Drive.
  • Suffolk
    9 p.m. July 4 over Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina.
  • Virginia Beach
    9:30 p.m. July 4 at 24th Street and the Boardwalk.
  • Virginia Beach
  • 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Mount Trashmore, 310 Edwin Drive.
  • Yorktown
    9:15 p.m. July 4 over the York River at Yorktown Beach & Victory Monument.