Monday, November 28, 2022

Where are the July 4 fireworks? We’ve got you covered

Fireworks behind the Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg (WYDaily/Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Fireworks behind the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg (WYDaily/Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

With Independence Day around the corner, communities throughout Greater Williamsburg and beyond are gearing up for their own specialized celebrations.

For easy preparation, here’s a list of local events lighting up the sky on July 4.

York County

  • Yorktown Independence Day events and fireworks, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.: Events include the Yorktown Independence Day 8k and 5k at 8 a.m.,vthe annual parade along Water and Main streets at 9 a.m., the Sounds of Liberty bell ringing at 7 p.m. and a patriot concert at 8 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Some events are free.
  • Liberty Celebration, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., 22 Water St: Interpretive programs and historical workshop. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 6-12.


  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg for a large selection of family-friendly events including live music, interpretations, fireworks, art and more. Fireworks begin around 9:20 p.m.

Newport News

  • Fourth of July Stars in the Sky, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 50 23rd St.: Events include live music, food and more, ending with fireworks display. Free.

Fort Monroe


  • Fireworks at Gloucester Point Beach Park,1255 Greate Road. Events include a day of beach fun before a fireworks display at dusk. Free.

Isle of Wight

  • Fireworks at Windsor High School, 9:30 p.m., 24 Church St.. Free.
  • On July 3, there also are fireworks at Clontz Park beginning at 9:30 p.m. Free.

James City County

  • Visit any James City County outdoor pool on July 4 for a free ice pop.
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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