Hampton Roads 4th of July Events Guide | 2022

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The 4th of July is approaching and communities across Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina are ready to celebrate with various events and fireworks!

Here’s an events guide to help you find something fun to do near you…

Chesapeake

Celebrate Freedom – The City of Chesapeake will hold its annual event featuring the US Fleet Forces Band, with roving entertainment and food vendors. A fireworks display will take place after the concert. The event is free to the public, but on-site parking costs $5.

  • When: Sunday July 3
  • Location: Chesapeake City Park
  • Schedule (hours are approximate):
    • 7 p.m. Open doors | Roaming Entertainment | food vendors
    • 7 p.m. US Fleet Forces Band concert
    • 8:30 p.m. Tidewater Winds Orchestra
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks

City of Elizabeth, CN

Independence Day First Friday ArtWalk – Each month, Elizabeth City celebrates local artwork and hosts a special July 4th Art Walk. Demonstrations by artists, live music, food trucks, fireworks and activities for children will be on the program.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 1, with fireworks set off at 9 p.m. from Waterfront Park.

  • When: Friday, July 1
  • Location: 200 Water Street S.

Hampton

Market of starred creatorsPeninsula Markets and Sly Clyde Cider House team up for the Makers Market in Hampton. The event will feature over 30 craft vendors, food trucks and live music.

The event will start at 12 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.

  • When: Saturday July 2
  • Location: 207 E Mellen St.

isle of wight

Independence Day Celebration – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation will celebrate with food vendors, live music and fireworks.

  • When: Sunday July 3
  • Venue: Heritage Park Exhibition Centre, Windsor
  • Program:
    • 4:30 p.m. Open doors
    • 5 p.m. live music
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks

Kill the Devil Hills, CN

5K freedom – The race will include a 5K and a 1/4 mile Fun Run. The race will start and end at Kill Devil Hills Town Hall in front of the Town Hall Memorial.

Register for the 5K here.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Kill Devil Hills Town Hall
  • Program:
    • 7:30 a.m. 5K
    • 8:10 a.m. Fun race

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Manteo, CN

4th of July party – The City of Manteo will celebrate the city center with activities for all ages. The event will include games and activities for children, competitions, free live music and food.

The event will end with a colorful fireworks display after dark.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Downtown Manteo
  • Program:
    • 3 p.m. National anthem of welcome
    • 3:15 p.m. Independence Day quiz, decorated bike contest and apple pie contest
    • 5:15 p.m. The Deloreans
    • 7:45 p.m. 82nd Airborne Band and Chorus

nag head, CN

Fireworks show – The Town of Nags Head and the Nags Head Fishing Pier will hold their annual Independence Day Fireworks Show on the 4th of July. The show starts at 9:25 p.m. and will last approximately 25 minutes. If necessary, a rain date has been set for Tuesday July 5th.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Nags Head Fishing Pier

Newport News

stars in the sky – The City of Newport News will celebrate Independence Day with free inflatables for kids, boardwalk entertainment, various vendors and a performance by Tomcats Dixieland Band.

Fireworks will be presented at 9 p.m. by an internationally award-winning fireworks company Pyrotechnic.

The event and parking are free.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Victory Landing Park
  • Program:
    • 7 p.m. Free inflatable games for children, free face painting, Tomcats Dixieland Band, ride entertainment
    • 9 p.m. Pyrotecnico fireworks show

Norfolk

Great American Picnic and 4th of July Fireworks – Celebrate Festevents and Norfolk’s 39th Annual American Event with hot dogs, burgers, barbecue and live music from military bands.

The event opens at 5 p.m. on July 4 and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Town Point Park – Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

4th of July Fireworks CruiseAmerican Rover Sailing Cruises invites guests for a special 4th of July cruise with inner harbor views, fireworks and live music from an acoustic guitarist.

The ship will sail from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: 333 Waterside Drive

Portsmouth

103rd Annual 4th of July Patriotic Festival – The Cradock Civic League will celebrate its annual patriotic salute with a parade, USCG President Commander James Cullen, various performances, a cornhole, food trucks and more.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Afton Square
  • Program:
    • 10am. Registration for the parade
    • 10:30 a.m.. Parade – Skateboard, bikes, carts and more
    • 11 a.m. Ceremony – Speaker is USCG Commandant James Cullen and performances by various artists
    • 11:30 a.m. Festival until 3 p.m. – DJs, vendors, food trucks, nonprofits, basketball arcade shooting, obstacle course, corn hole, and fun for kids, dogs, and the whole family

Fireworks Cruise – The Carrie B Showman will show views of fireworks.

The cruise will depart at 7 p.m.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: North Landing Ferry Terminal

Shaggin 4th of July Celebration – The Breadwine & Blooze Band will play shag stepping beach music. Tidewater Orchestra will follow with patriotic music and fireworks.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: High Street Landing Stage
  • Program:
    • 5 p.m. Breadwine & Blooze Band
    • 8 p.m. Tidewater Orchestra
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks show

Suffolk

Spectacular Stars and Stripes – The annual event returns for another year of fireworks, entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors.

A shuttle will be available as there is no parking on site. Shuttle parking will begin from the following locations:

  • First Baptist Church located at 237 N Main Street
  • Suffolk Municipal Building car park located at 440 Market Street
  • Mills Godwin Courthouse Building located at 150 N Main St

The last shuttle will run at 8:20 p.m. to bring guests to the site before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Shuttles will resume after the fireworks end.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina
  • Program
    • 5:30 p.m. Opening of the park
    • 6 p.m. Fuzz Band plays
    • 9 p.m. Fireworks show

Virginia Beach

4th of July Celebration at Mount Trashmore – The City of Virginia Beach will host its annual 4th of July celebration at Mount Trashmore with live music returning this year!

Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Admission is free while limited on-site parking is $10.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: 300 Edwin Drive

Stars and Stripes Celebration at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront – The “Star Spangled” salute returns for another year with multiple live performances, fireworks and fun.

All performances are free and open to the public.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Several
  • Program:
    • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Chester B’s Motown Review | 17th Street Park
    • 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Tidewater Winds Orchestra | 24th Street Park
    • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks
    • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ALREADY | 31st Street Park

38th Annual Independence Day 5K – The race includes a 5K, 1/4 mile Tot Trot and a virtual 5K. The run supports the YMCA’s annual giving campaign to provide financial assistance for camps, swimming lessons, etc.

Register for the 5K here.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: 4441 South Boulevard
  • Program:
    • 7:30 a.m. 5K
    • 8:30 am Tot-trot

Williamsburg

Liberty Lights at Colonial Williamsburg – The City of Williamsburg will host a four-day event featuring music, history, auctions, museum tours and more.

Musical performances are in partnership with the CW American Music Concert series and are free and open to the public.

The event will end with a 20-minute fireworks display.

  • Date: July 1 – July 4
  • Location: Colonial Williamsburg
  • Music schedule:
    • July 1 – 7:30 p.m. Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Palace Green
    • July 2 – 7:30 p.m. Virginia Arts Festival | Big Band, with jazz singer Sharón Clark, on the lawn of the art museums
    • July 3 – 7:30 p.m. The US Air Force Heritage of America Band on the Lawn of the Art Museums
    • July 4 – 8 p.m. CW Fifes & Drums and musicians on Palace Green

Yorktown

Independence Day celebrations – Yorktown will host various events for July 4, including an 8K, parade and fireworks.

Events start at 8am and last until around 10pm.

  • When: Monday, July 4
  • Location: Main Street and Water Street
  • Program:
    • 8am Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run/Walk – York High School
    • 9am Parade on the water and the main streets
    • 1 p.m. Family games and activities for children (sponsored by Riverwalk Landing Business Association) – Riverwalk Landing
    • 4 p.m. Event Parking Opening – Corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street
    • 7 p.m. Sounds of Freedom Ringing Ceremony – Riverwalk Landing Stage
    • 8 p.m. Super Jazz Band Concert with Conni Ironmonger – Riverwalk Landing Stage
    • 9:15 p.m. Fireworks over the York River

If you know of any other 4th of July events open to the public in the Hampton Roads area for 2022 to add to this post, please write to us on this link with all the details.

Maria R. Newman