Three days of fireworks leading up to July 4

Published 4:37 pm Friday, June 24, 2022

Local Independence Day festivities will begin next Friday and continue through the three-day weekend.

The celebration begins July 1 with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, 103 Main St., Smithfield, from 6:30-6:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m., a patriotic concert by the York River Concert Band will follow at the Smithfield Times Gazebo at 228 Main St. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The performance is part of the Summer Concert Series.

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More than a dozen downtown Smithfield shops and restaurants will stay open through 7 that evening. Starting at 9:30 p.m., the town will shoot off fireworks from Clontz Park, with good viewing from Smithfield Station and along the Pagan River.

On July 2, Surry County will host its own fireworks show outside the Surry Community Center at 205 Enos Farm Drive. The park will open at 4 p.m. with live bands, vendors, food and a bounce house.

On July 3, Isle of Wight County will hold a similar celebration at Heritage Park, located at 21311 Courthouse Highway, Windsor. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with free concerts by Blackwater Jam at 5 p.m. and Chase Payne at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks by Virginia Sky Painters starting at 9:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. No pets or tents are allowed.

The town of Windsor will host its own celebration on July 4 at the Wesley F. Garris Event Park featuring the “Free for All” band, food trucks and other vendors, and bounce houses from 6-9 p.m., but won’t be putting on its own fireworks display as it has done in pre-pandemic years.