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Fireworks over the James

Andy Thompson

@richmondoutside
June 20, 2013 4:48pm

I have no idea why this event needs its own website, but here it is for your long-term scheduling pleasure:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced last week that for the third year in a row there will be a free fireworks on Richmond’s historic riverfront on July 3 as part of the city’s 4th of July celebration. The “RVA Fireworks on the  James” (www.fireworksonthejames.com) event will take place on Brown’s Island in downtown Richmond beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dominion and MeadWestvaco – Fortune 500 companies headquartered along the James River in downtown Richmond – are underwriting the costs of the event.

Credit: Phil Riggan, Richmond.com

Credit: Phil Riggan, Richmond.com

The event will feature entertainment by local youth performers including SPARC (the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth
Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” Additional entertainment and food vendors will be on Brown’s Island, and the public is invited to bring a
blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy music during the summer evening and see the fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Fireworks will be  provided by Fireworks by Grucci. Known as the “Top Name in Fireworks in the  World,” Grucci is a family-owned and operated company headquartered on Long  Island, New York, with production and distribution facilities in Virginia.

The rain date for RVA Fireworks on the James is Friday, July 5, so as not to interfere with other fireworks events sponsored by the City at Dogwood Dell and at the Diamond.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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