Saturday, September 30, 2023

Where to celebrate on the 4th: Southside edition

(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Here’s a list of events happening on July 4, including where to go for firework displays:


  • Naro Cinema in Norfolk is screening classic summertime flick, Jaws, starting at 4 p.m. Visit their site for tickets.
  • The Hague Weekends Project is hosting their annual parade and block party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ghent. Decorate your bikes, dogs, and beards in red, white, and blue and you might win a “most patriotic” prize at this family-friendly event.
  • Walk through the Town Center in Virginia Beach where Virginia Voices International is singing some patriotic and Broadway tunes starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Run, or walk, for a good cause with the Mount Trashmore Family YMCA in their annual Independence Day 5K. Registration is $40 and starts at 6:30 a.m. — the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds fund assistance for summer camp, child care, swim lessons, health and wellness programs, and more.


  • Mount Trashmore will have its annual fireworks display beginning at 9:30 pm. Admission is free, and limited onsite parking is available for $10. There’ll be food and drinks available for purchase, as well as inflatables, face painting and yard games.
  • Downtown Norfolk will host the 4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Town Point Park. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Expect to see live entertainment and a waterfront fireworks display which starts at 9:30 p.m.
  • For those interested in watching fireworks on the water, the Spirit of Norfolk is offering a 3-hour, buffet-style dinner cruise with views of the fireworks show from the Elizabeth River. Tickets for this all-inclusive experience start at $99.90 and comes with a “platinum open bar with top-shelf liquors and a selection of beers, cocktails and wine by the glass.”
  • Fireworks and live music are free and open to the public at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, with the Stars and Stripes Explosion on the beach. There will be live music at the 17th, 24th and 31st Street stages, with fireworks beginning at 9:30 on the beach from 24th Street.
  • Norfolk also having a fireworks display on July 5 at Ocean View Beach Park’s Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration. The event is free with live music, food, and children activities start at 6 p.m. and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

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