What's Booming in Richmond: Fireworks, Shakespeare, and Tom Petty

July 2nd, 2018

The best events to peel you off your couch


4th of July Image

Oh yes, it’s the day of celebrating our love for America, independence, and fireworks. Need to find something to do? We’ve got you covered.

The Richmond Symphony is showing its holiday spirit at Red, White, and Lights with live symphonic music, food trucks, fireworks, family fun, and some sort of “laser light show.”  4:30 p.m. at Dorey Park. 

Dogwood Dell has live jazz, live Richmond concert band, and live fireworks. 6:30 p.m.

Get a true American-roots celebration under your belt at Pamplin Historical Park’s Independence Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rocketts Red Glare at Rocketts Landing is more than just a punny name. It’s a full day of food trucks, vendors, music, volleyball, and, yes – fireworks. Starting at 8 a.m. and going all day.

Or grab a brew at Hardywood and see the fireworks from the Flying Squirrels stadium. Get there early to get a good spot, and more importantly, to soak up the sounds of the Tom Petty tribute band. 2 to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday with music, food, and festivities at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s Independence Day Celebration. Then give a big “welcome to America” at the museum’s large-scale citizen naturalization ceremony. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stuff completely unrelated to America’s birthday:

Get a little country twang in your summer with Lee Brice and his soulful croons. Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. at Innsbrook After Hours. 

Shakespeare fans, your favorite love triangle is in town. As You Like It has all of that classic 17th century “he said, she said” drama. Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Agecroft Hall. Runs every Thursday through Sunday until July 29.

It’s Tom Petty Night at the Flying Squirrels, which means Tom will be there singing all of his greatest hits. … Okay, maybe not Tom Petty himself, necessarily, but with all of the Full Moon Fever jerseys and Tom Petty songs during the game, you’ll feel like he’s really there. Probably. Saturday, July 7 at 6:05 p.m. at The Diamond, with a pre-game show at 5 p.m.

Tin Can Fish Band fans, head out to Powhatan this weekend for some tunes and brews. Saturday, July 7 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Fine Creek Brewing.

Still craving more events? Fear not. We’ve got ’em.

More from Boomer