The Perfect Fourth of July in Virginia!

Virginia holds a unique place in history. As the so-called “Mother of Presidents,” with eight presidents being born in Virginia, the importance of Independence Day cannot be overstated. Virginians celebrate the Fourth of July in style, with parades, musical festivals, and awe-inspiring firework displays. Here’s how to have the perfect Fourth of July in Virginia!  

1. Cape Charles Old Fashioned Fourth of July Fire Truck Parade, Cape Charles, VA

The Cape Charles Fourth of July Fire Truck Parade is a throwback to the good ol’ days of Americana. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and heads throughout the town. The parade includes fire trucks, horses, singing, children’s decorated bicycles, and more. Local vendors set up booths all along the street, including craft and artisans and restaurants. Live musical acts play throughout the day, capping off with fireworks after dark. 

2. 4th of July Cookout, Concert, and Fireworks at the Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, VA

The Omni Homestead is a Certificate of Excellence award winner from TripAdvisor and provides a beatific backdrop to celebrate Independence Day. The Omni Homestead celebrates the Fourth of July over the course of a four-night concert. From June 30 through July 5, the Homestead will offer a fun run, fireworks and barbecue snacks, golf clinics, family fitness classics, petting zoo, and live music to its guests. The weekend ends with a tremendous firework display.

3. Middletown’s Annual 4th of July Celebration, Middletown, VA

Middletown is one of the most charming small towns in Virginia, and their Fourth of July Celebration celebrates that fact. The celebration kicks off with a softball tournament, crafts fair, and carnival. Throughout the day, live musicians play and local vendors provide food. At 5 p.m., the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company host the annual parade before fireworks that night. 

4. Visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington’s plantation home, Mount Vernon, celebrates Independence Day like none other. The entire event is referred to as “An American Celebration,” and includes a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, military reenactments, a wreath laying ceremony, daytime fireworks, and a concert by the National Concert Band. And if that’s not enough, keep in mind that cake is served. 

5. Stop by Historic Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the most historic places in the country. Residents celebrate the Fourth by reading the Declaration of Independence from the Courthouse Steps in Colonial Williamsburg before a Fife and Drum Corps salute. Most have casual picnics on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg. We recommend picking up to-go boxes from The Cheese Shop or Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que. Kids can play 18th-century inspired games before the fireworks.

6. Attend the Yorktown Carnival

Yorktown is one third of the Historic Triangle, and as such takes Independence Day seriously. A full-service carnival with rides, games, and food opens on June 30 and lasts until 10 p.m. on July 4. Start the holiday itself at 8 a.m. with a four-mile race. 11:30 a.m. is go-time for the canoe country canoe race. 5 p.m. rings in the Pie Baking Contest Judging. The first fireworks show is at 7 p.m., and the final fireworks show starts at 10 p.m.

7. Stop by the Stars and Stripes Explosion in Virginia Beach

Stop by Waterman’s Surfside Grill for an ocean-side dinner before heading down to 24th Street near the Ocean Front Dairy Queen for multiple live musical performances. The Quantico Marine Corps Band’s Concert and Rock Band will play. Further down the boardwalk, The Deloreans will play from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. 

8. Party with the Wintergreen Resort July 4th Jubilee

The Wintergreen Resort celebrates the Fourth of July like a celebrities’ birthday party, with four full days of events starting on Friday, June 30. Over the course of the weekend, families can take part in bonfire storytelling, live outdoor music, a block party specifically for kids, chairlift rides, and movies under the stars. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

9. Take Part in Skeeter’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Wytheville, Virginia, carries on the small-town American traditions of Fourth of July children’s parades and celebrations. Food, drink, bounce house, antique cars—Wytheville has it all. Visitors can participate in Skeeter’s Hotdog Eating Contest and, new in 2017, Olykoek’s Donut Eating Contest before heading down to Elizabeth Brown park for fireworks. 

10. Amuse yourself at Kings Dominion’s Star Spangled Celebration

Active and retired military are welcome free of admission to the Kings Dominion amusement park from June 30-July 4. Come by to see the red, white, and blue decorations, take in the military band performances, and watch the incredible firework displays each night. Besides that, you can take advantage of all Kings Dominion has to offer, including rides, food, and shows. 

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