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Old 06-28-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Happy Birthday, America! Celebrate our nation's birthday. Here is a list of some of the region's festivities being observed on Wednesday July 4. All phone numbers are the 757 area code unless otherwise noted.

However you celebrate the holiday, have a safe one!

CHESAPEAKE
10am-4pm; 4th of July Celebration – parade, music (My Two Cents), food, children's activities and more. Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Boulevard. 543-0828.

NEWPORT NEWS
7-10pm, 4th of July Stars in the Sky; Music by Cheap Thrills (7pm) and Carbon Leaf (8:15pm), fireworks at 9:30pm, food and children's activities from 7-10pm. Victory Landing Park, 23rd Street at the James River, 926-1400.

NORFOLK
5pm-10pm; 30th annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks; Free event. Patriotic tunes by United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, fireworks, food and more. Town Point Park. Fireworks will be displayed at 9:30pm. For more information visit www.festevents.org.

PORTSMOUTH
9:30am – Cradock's 94th annual Patriotic Salute and Children's Bike Parade. Parade is at 9:30am at Afton Parkway and George Washington Highway in Historic Cradock. Followed by a flag ceremony, music and more at the gazebo in Afton Square. 485-9471, www.historiccradock.org.

SUFFOLK
11am – July Fourth Celebration – Opening ceremonies at 11am, bicycle and float parade at 11:30am, games and activities from noon-3pm, raft race at 3pm, music by Nate Sparks Band from 6:30-8:30pm and fireworks at 9pm. Ebenezer United methodist Church, 1589 Steeple Drive, 238-2359.

6pm – Stars and Stripes Spectacular – Constant's Wharf Park and Marina, 110 E. Constance Road. Music by Island Boy, fireworks (9pm), food, children's activities and more (6pm-9:30pm), www.suffolkva.us/parks/events/.

VIRGINIA BEACH
4-10pm; July 4th Celebration; music by Rachel Rocheleau and The Beadle Brothers, children's activities, festival foods, fireworks at 9:30pm. Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive, 395-2990 or www.vbgov.com/specialevents.

7pm – "1776" performance, Barry Robinson Theatre and Fine Arts Center, 4552 Princess Anne Road. Continues through July 8. 523-0876 or www.TheatrixProductions.com.

7:30pm – Stars and Stripes Explosion, Oceanfront. Music: Local 34 (7:30pm, 17th Street stage); Symphonicity and the Virginia Beach Chorale (8pm, 20th Street on the beach). Chester B's Motown Tribute Show (8pm, 24th Street Park); Who's Bad Michael Jackson Tribute (8pm, 31st Street Park)
Fireworks launched at 9:30pm from a barge off 20th Street. For full schedule information, 491-7866 or www.BeachStreetUSA.com.

WILLIAMSBURG
10am – Independence Day Celebration "Salute to the States" featuring Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums with musket and cannon salutes (10am). "Reading of the Declaration of Independence" (noon); Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs (8pm); fireworks (9:30pm) and more. In Colonial Williamsburg, 800-447-8679, www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/summer.

9:30pm – "Patriotic pyrotechnics" – Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. 800-343-7946.

YORKTOWN
9am-6pm – "Liberty Celebration" featuring re-enactors, recreated Continental Army encampment, artillery demonstrations, games and more. Yorktown Victory Center, 200 Water Street. 253-4838.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Thanks for posting, Lily! The Williamsburg one sounds really classy. Nothing like an orchestra to really set the mood, IMO. I have fond memories of watching the NJSO at the 4th celebrations.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Thanks for posting Lily! My favorite when I grew up was Mt. Trashmore in VB and we used to ride our bikes to it!
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks for posting, Lily! The Williamsburg one sounds really classy. Nothing like an orchestra to really set the mood, IMO. I have fond memories of watching the NJSO at the 4th celebrations.
I agree, but I'll bet it would be difficult to get to with the tunnel backups and/or the holiday traffic.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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Oh for sure! Thankfully I'm right at one of those shows so I'll just watch from the front yard. Beautiful view! I'll have to make sure nobody parks on my grass though if they spectate from here. They did last year! Lawn chairs welcome, tire tracks not! LOL!
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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Oh for sure! Thankfully I'm right at one of those shows so I'll just watch from the front yard. Beautiful view! I'll have to make sure nobody parks on my grass though if they spectate from here. They did last year! Lawn chairs welcome, tire tracks not! LOL!
Lucky you! That sounds great! Have fun and I hope you make it through without vehicle tracks in your yard.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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Is the Fireworks show at waterside Norfolk cool? Is it better or as good as Mt. Trashmore??
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:44 AM
 
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Is the Fireworks show at waterside Norfolk cool? Is it better or as good as Mt. Trashmore??
I've never been to the one at Mt. Trashmore, but I can tell you that the one at Norfolk is beautiful!!! (When it's not rained out )
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Im guessing I can probably see the oceanfront ones from my house
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Im guessing I can probably see the oceanfront ones from my house
Does it get pretty crowded down there?
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