Event Guide: 4th of July without fireworks

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Chickahominy Riverfront Park is hosting several events this weekend.(Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
Chickahominy Riverfront Park is hosting several events this weekend.(Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)

Independence Day is upon us, and for Historic Triangle residents with an aversion to fireworks, there are several options for pyrotechnic-free celebrations this weekend. Read on for our list of festivities without fireworks.

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The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program is hosting a July Fourth “Patriotic Food Pavilion” at Riverwalk Landing. A variety of vendors including Smoke BBQ Restaurant, Water Street Grill, Carrot Tree Kitchens, Ben & Jerry’s, the Sip Spot, State Fair Popcorn and Michael’s Catering will be serving up food throughout the day.

The Classic Cruisers Car Club is hosting a car show at Shorty’s Diner to benefit Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. The show will take place Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to all makes, models, years of all cars, trucks, and motorcycles. It’s $10 to show a vehicle and spectators get in free, so come on out for a good time.

Head over to Yorktown Victory Center’s Liberty Celebration to celebrate Independence Day with artillery demonstrations, military drills, role-playing demonstrations and music. There’s no better way to celebrate our independence than to see firsthand how it was won- the festivities will take place Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fees apply.

The Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium will once again host laser “fireworks” on the dome with the patriotic-themed laser show “Spirit of America.”  The show features patriotic music plus classic American rock ‘n’ roll, all set with laser imagery. This show is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of fireworks without loud noises, bugs or weather concerns. Showtimes on July Fourth evening will be at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m., and tickets sell out quickly so visitors are advised to purchase ahead.

Beat the heat this Independence Day at one of James City County’s two outdoor pools. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Upper County Park, enjoy free ice pops for everyone entering the pools, while supplies last. Pool fees apply.

Enjoy a free concert at St. Bede Catholic Church as part of their Masterworks Concert Series on Sunday 7 to 8 p.m. The concert will celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence with a patriotic potpourri of sing-a-longs and other American folk tunes by Copland, Ives, Buck, Sousa and more.

Chickahominy Riverfront Park is hosting a Movie Under the Stars this Friday featuring the major motion picture Big Hero 6. Grab some lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and head over to this free event. The fun starts 8:30 p.m.

Sing the night away this Saturday night at Chickahominy Riverfront Park’s “Karaoke in the Park.” All ages are welcome, but kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This free event begins at 7 p.m.