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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Free and Cheap Events – Fourth of July Edition

Free and Cheap Events – Fourth of July Edition

Who’s ready for some fireworks? Weekend events are going up early so you have plenty of time to plan your Independence Day festivities! All events are free admission, unless noted.
Genworth Financial Independence Day Concert – Friday 6:30-9pm; 6620 West Broad Street
Join us for an All-American evening of music, fireworks and family fun. Celebrate Freedom will feature children’s activities and a concert by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. The free event starts at 6:30 pm, with the concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Fireworks start at approximately 8:45 pm. Parking is free. Food vendors on site. No pets, please.
Cinema Classics: 1776 – Fri July 2, 7 pm, Sat July 3, 2 & 7pm; Henrico Theatre
“Experience olde time cinema” at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491.
David Esleck – Friday 8pm; Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park
Jazz, part of Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts
First Fridays Art Walk – Friday 6-10pm; around Broad St (see website for map)
A monthly event showcasing over 30 diverse small businesses, working studios, and cultural organizations along Historic Broad St
Richmond Kickers Independence Day Bash beginning at 11am ($4) (see post for more details)
Parham Parade – Saturday 10am-3pm; Parham Road Baptist Church, 2101 N. Parham Road
Parade at 10am features Jon Burkett from WTVR 6 as grand marshal, and various antique and emergency vehicles. Festival beginning at 11am, includes inflatables, dunking booth, interactive games, and giveaways
Brandermill Parade & Fireworks – Sunday beginning at 10am; Gardens at Sunday Park
Parade begins at Swift Creek Middle School and travels down Millridge Parkway to Sunday Park. Festival kicks off at 1pm with the classic rock and beach music from the Survivors, and hot dogs and sodas served by Boy Scout Troop 2890 and juicy watermelon served by Brandermill Retired Men’s Club. There will be a watermelon-eating contest, facepainting, balloon sculptures, and all-you-can-eat popcorn. The fireworks display will light up the sky over Sunday Park beginning at 9:15pm.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Sunday 1-5pm; Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park
For all ages. Free fun for the whole family! Join us for our spectacular event in celebration of America’s Independence! Enjoy a multi-faceted array of festive entertainment and activities for the entire family. Activities will include musical entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo for children, contests and games, pony rides, and two spectacular sky diving shows with Uncle Sam! Other highlights include a watermelon feast, Uncle Sam on stilts, Jonathan Austin the juggler, a patriotic performance featuring a historic color guard, drum and fife music, and a period musket salute by Living History Associates, Ltd. Live entertainment includes local talent Scattered Smothered and Covered, an acoustic roots band blending a mix of country blues, bluegrass and old time folk. Other entertainment includes ChurchYard Grass playing gospel and traditional bluegrass favorites. Tours of Meadow Farm Museum and the Orientation Center exhibits will be available free of charge. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: Rachel Leyco, 501-5134.
Chesterfield County July 4th Celebration – Sunday 5-9pm; Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Rd
Enjoy food, fun, and free Fourth of July *fireworks.* The Kings of Swing will perform, and children can play in the special children’s play area. There is no rain date. Details: (804) 796-7045

Dogwood Dell Fourth of July
 – Sunday beginning at 5:30pm; Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park
Bak N Da Day – R & B Harmonies 5 pm
Rachel Leyco, vocalist 6:15 pm
Carillon Bell Concert 6:45 pm
Richmond Concert Band – Patriotic and popular music (*Fireworks* to follow) 7:15 pm
Colonial Heights Fireworks – Sunday 9:15pm; vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway, Colonial Heights
The City of Colonial Heights will sponsor a *fireworks* display on Sunday, July 4, 2010 in the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 pm. Viewing for the Fireworks will be off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart Area. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Rain Date is Monday, July 5, 2010. For more information, please contact the Colonial Heights Recreation & Parks Department at (804) 520-9390.

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