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Fireworks are Back in Newport News

4th of July Stars in the Sky Returns

It’s baaaaaack!

Nothing sparks joy like fireworks on Independence Day, and after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the city’s iconic 4th of July Stars in the Sky is returning to Victory Landing Park in Downtown Newport News!

Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 4, families are invited to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to the park, located at 50 25th Street. Kicking off the festivities will be The Tomcats Dixieland Band, which will perform near the Victory Arch, along with other strolling entertainment.

Free face painting and free inflatables, such as moon bounces and obstacle courses, will be set up for the kids. While there, don’t forget to ask for your free lighted-star wand – one per person while supplies last!

A variety of food vendors will be on-site, including Marco’s Pizza, Haddash Grill, Kona Ice, J Hood’s Smoking Soul Food, Get Cheesy, Georgia Rib’s and Catering, Fruity Smoothies, The Happy Poppers, Virginia Vendor Food Services, Mediterranean Appetite, Another One Bites the Crust, and, of course, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!

From 7 to 9 p.m., Full Spectrum, which consists of six active-duty musicians with the USAF Heritage of America Band, will perform. These world-class musicians, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, present more than 300 events annually for the public.

Capping off the event at 9 p.m. will be the show everyone has waited so patiently for: A spectacular Independence Day fireworks display that will ignite the night sky over the mighty James River. The 15-minute show by Pyrotecnico will surely conclude 4th of July Stars in the Sky 2022 with a bang!

In addition to this FREE event, The Virginia Living Museum's Abbitt Planetarium will be presenting their Spirit of America laser show featuring great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Click here to learn more.