Fourth of July: Fireworks guide and safety tips for Independence Day


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s that wonderful time of year again; what better way to spend Fourth of July than with some rocking fire works?

8News has you covered with where you can go to see them and some safety tips to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable evening.

Fourth of July:

Lees and Independence Family Fun Festival 

Celebrate Independence Day the right way with plenty of family-friendly activities, kayaking, BBQ, and more.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Va. 22558

Cost: FREE

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Isley 

For the adult crowd, come on out to Isley Brewing Company for an evening of live music from DJ Mac Daddy, food, cold brews,and fireworks.

When: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (or when the fireworks end)

Where: Isley Brewing Company, Scott’s Addition; 1715 Summit Ave., Richmond, Va.

Cost: Varies

Independence Day Firework Extravaganza 

Stop by The Diamond for the annual firework show hosted by the Flying Squirrels. They promise that this one will be the biggest and best one around.

When: 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Diamond; 3001 North Blvd., Richmond, Va.

Cost: Click here for details

Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Celebration

Come on out to Dogwood Dell and celebrate the Fourth with music and fireworks. This family-friendly event will feature live music from The Carillion bells and the Richmond Concert Band.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dogwood Dell; 1300 Blanton Ave., Richmond, Va.

Cost: FREE

Red White and Lights 

Henrico County’s annual Fourth of July celebration is back. Come on out for a fun filled evening with performances from The Richmond Symphony, a laser light show, family activities, food, and more.

When: 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park; 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va.

Cost: FREE

Safety Tips 

Below are some safety tips as recommended by The National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; please read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • All firework activities should to be supervised by a responsible adult. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Do not mix alcohol and fireworks. Reserve all alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety goggles/glasses when lighting fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER light a “dud” firework. wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and a charged hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

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