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Things to do July 1 -7, 2021

July 1st

Bourbons, Brews & Barbecues Block Party

Downtown Newport News - July 1; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dine with food trucks such as Doggystyle, Georgia Ribs, The Empanada Food Truck, Kona Ice, Jessy’s Tacos and more. Have a beer with Coastal Fermentory or enjoy a glass of bourbon with Ironclad Distillery. While enjoying your drinks, watch a live performance from The Deloreans or compete in the cornhole tournament hosted by Seva Cornhole! 206 23rd Street. Click here for more information.

 

July 2nd

Insects and Their Forest Friends

Newport News Park  - July 2; 6:30 p.m.

There’s a fantastic world of insects and other invertebrates all throughout the park. In the trees, in and on the ground, and in the water - they’re everywhere! After learning more about the fascinating world of invertebrates, we’ll take a short walk to explore and see if we can discover a few of the park’s amazing insects - and their friends! Program begins at the Discovery Center. Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

July 3rd

Fly Like an Eagle

Newport News Park  - July 3; 10 a.m.

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend by learning more about our country’s national symbol - the bald eagle! At 10 a.m., you’ll learn where they live, who their relatives are, how they catch their prey, and how they raise their young. After the program until 2 p.m., we’ll have eagle crafts for you to make on site or take home. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

 

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - July 3; 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day at 11:15am & 12:15pm to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the link below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions). 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information

July 4th  

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Fun in 2021 

Newport News July 4;

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:

Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd.

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive.

Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Ave.

            Parks & Recreation Main Office in City Center, 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320.

Newport News Visitor Center, 13560 Jefferson Ave., at the entrance to Newport News Park. 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:

Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Blvd.

Lee Hall Mansion, 163 Yorktown Road

Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Road

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. Click here more information

Bird Walk

Newport News Park  - July 4; 7 a.m.

Join other bird enthusiasts and enjoy viewing birds in their natural habitat. No experience necessary! The group meets in Picnic Area 1, behind the ranger station at Newport News Park, but may drive to other areas of the park during the program. Dress for the weather, bring water and hand sanitizer, and don't forget your binoculars! When you get home, share your best photos with us on Instagram. Use #nnvirtualbirdwalk and #nnparks for possible feature! You can also post them here in this event. Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club.13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here more information

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - July 4; 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day at 11:15am & 12:15pm to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the link below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions). 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information

 July 5th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - July 5; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday! Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy a book reading with Lauren T. Furey, manager of visitor engagement, and discover an interesting artifact from our Museum’s Collection! Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters. FREE. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

July 6th

Summer Movie Series – Wonder woman 1984

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - July 6; 2 p.m.

Join us for the Summer Movie Series, every Tuesday at 2:00 PM ALL SUMMER LONG! Admission is free. These family films are for kids of all ages. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. RSVP is requested. SAME DAY RSVP IS ACCEPTED. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information

July 7th

City Center Farmers' Market

City Center at Oyster Point  - July 7; 10 a.m.

Swing by every Thursday through September 9th for fresh, healthy, Farm-to-Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row, 757-873-2020. Click here for more information.

VHS Summer Concert Series: Runnin Shine

Port Warwick  - July 7; 6 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and drink and enjoy live music from some of the area’s favorite bands! A great selection of food trucks will be available or you can enjoy dinner from one of the Port Warwick restaurant patios. Concerts will be held rain or shine! 3100 William Styron Square. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

 

City Center Farmers' Market

City Center at Oyster Point - Every Thursday through September 9, 2021

Swing by every Thursday through September 9th for fresh, healthy, Farm-to-Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row, 757-873-2020. Click here for more information.

 

 

Jurassic Giants

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through September 6, 2021

Roaring, stomping, animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. Experience an almost 20 foot tall Giganotosaurus in the conservation garden accompanied by a water-spitting Suchomimus to help you stay cool in the prehistoric heat. Indoors see other robot dinosaurs like Deinonychus. The Virginia Living Museum truly is your place for Jurassic Giants. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Summer 2021/Planetarium Shows

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through September 6, 2021

Cost: $4 per non-member, free for members, Ages 2 & under are free Location: Abbitt Planetarium Time: 1:30pm Saturdays & Sundays. Journey through our solar system and beyond while learning about subjects such as Astronomy, Meteorology, Paleontology and more!

            524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through September 6; 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day at 11:15am & 12:15pm to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the link below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions). 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information

 

Summer Movie Series

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Every Tuesday through August 3; 2 p.m.

Join us for the Summer Movie Series, every Tuesday at 2:00 PM ALL SUMMER LONG! Admission is free. These family films are for kids of all ages. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. RSVP is requested. SAME DAY RSVP IS ACCEPTED. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.