In the mood for celebrating? Here are a few of the best Fourth of July Celebrations in the Hampton Roads area.

Fourth of July may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Go ahead and grab the family, chow down on hot dogs, listen to music, and gaze at the sky covered in lights.

Celebrate Freedom Chesapeake City Park
900 Greenbrier Pky., Chesapeake, VA 23320
Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day with the “Finest in the Fleet,” aka the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, at the Chesapeake City Park on Tuesday, July 3, from 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. There’ll be food, face painting for the kids, a silent auction, and more.

Freedom Fest at Community Church
Community Church – Western Branch Campus
1935 Jolliff Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23321
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Freedom Fest is your one-stop shop for all things festive. Enjoy a nice and hot Chick-Fil-A breakfast before you and the kids hit the massive rock climbing wall. Want to get competitive? Freedom Fest will also feature a one-mile run for children ages 5 and up. (Proceeds from the run will benefit Roc Solid Foundation.)

38th Annual South Norfolk Parade and Picnic in the Park
Lakeside Park
1441 Bainbridge Blvd., Chesapeake VA 23324
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s a holiday without a parade? Bring the family to Lakeside Park on Wednesday, July 4, to enjoy the Chesapeake! Parade. Snack on food, play games, and even go on a paddleboat ride.

Fourth at the Fort at Fort Monroe
20 Ingalls Rd., Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Why not spend Independence Day on the beach? Starting at 10 a.m., a patriotic flag ceremony will take place on Outlook Beach in observation of the death of President James Monroe. Music by the Bay Summer Concert at Wherry Quarter will begin at 7 p.m. and a spectacular firework display will begin at 9:15 p.m.

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Stars & Stripes Explosion & Fireworks at the Oceanfront
Virginia Beach Oceanfront/Boardwalk on the beach at 24th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451  
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Catch an amazing firework show and see a variety of musical performances liven up the oceanfront on Wednesday, July 4, at the city’s annual Stars & Stripes Explosion & Fireworks at the Oceanfront event.

Yorktown Fourth of July
Yorktown Waterfront
Yorktown, VA 23692
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Start the day bright and early with an Independence Day 8K run and a 5K walk at York High School. (If you’re not into running, don’t worry: there’s a patriotic parade at 9 a.m.) After the parade, attendees are encouraged to head down to the Riverwalk Landing Performance stage to see who can stuff themselves with the most hot dogs in just four minutes and 30 seconds.

36th Annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks
TowneBank Fountain Park – Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Feast on all-American fare at Norfolk’s 36th Annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic. There’ll be hot dogs, barbecue, hamburgers, buttered corn on the cob, watermelon, and lemonade. Relax on the lawn and enjoy the show!

Stars & Stripes Spectacular Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina
110 E. Constance Rd.,
Suffolk, VA 23434
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

See the skies of Suffolk light up with fireworks on July 4th at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina. There will be plenty of food and a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Need a ride? There will be free shuttles from the First Baptist Church, Godwin Courts, and City Hall parking lots beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Where will you be this fourth of July? Let us know in the comment section below!

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