Richmond Traditions for Fourth of July Fireworks

     Happy July 4th weekend!  Richmonders who have chosen to stay in town have lots of options for this sunny, steamy holiday from soaking in a local swimming pool, to cooling off in the James River at the Pony Pasture, to parading in red, white and blue at Lewis Ginter’s free All-American Celebration.  When it comes to fireworks on Monday night, though, real Richmonders know that there are only two options.

     First up, if you planned ahead, is the Richmond Squirrels game at the Diamond.  The traditional July 4th fireworks at the Diamond, the current and controversial home of professional baseball in Richmond, is always a sellout, and this year is no exception, especially with the Squirrels’ impressive play this season.  If you don’t have tickets for Monday night’s game, the Squirrels do have tickets available for the following three nights, which also include fireworks extravaganzas at the conclusion of each of these games against the Trenton Thunder.

     The other beloved fireworks celebration happens at Dogwood Dell.  Musical performances begin there at 5 p.m., but if you just want to enjoy live fireworks after your own cookout, you don’t need to fight the crowds and traffic.  Dogwood Dell’s fireworks can be seen from prime spots near Byrd Park.  When we are in town, my favorite place for viewing and meeting friends is in the field along Portland Place between Windsor Farms and Douglasdale Road.  Take your beach chair and a water bottle and plan to arrive before the sun has completely set.

     However and wherever you get to celebrate the Fourth, I wish you a safe and happy one!

     P.S. to BA and James, Happy Lucky 13th Anniversary!

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