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Spend your Independence Day Weekend Downtown!

4th of July weekend is filled with excitement and celebration all across the country. In Downtown Richmond the festivities reach new heights, offering an abundance of activities to make the most of the Independence Day weekend. From scenic river cruises to unique ways to take in firework shows in Richmond, Downtown Richmond has it all. In this guide, we'll explore the top attractions and Richmond July 4th events to help you plan an unforgettable holiday weekend in the heart of the city.

Hit the James:

Consider renting equipment from Waterfront RVA, such as kayaks or paddle boards, and explore the James at your own pace. Or, if you're looking for more adventure, kickstart your 4th of July celebrations with a scenic Riverfront Canal Cruise! Hop aboard and sail along the James River and Kanawha Canal, marveling at the picturesque views of the city skyline and historic landmarks. The cruise allows you to relax and soak in the charm of Richmond while learning about its rich history. Save $1 off your ticket when you use the discount code 4JULY23 when you buy tickets in advance online.

Dine Al Fresco from the top of the City:

Indulge in a delightful culinary experience by dining outdoors at one of the many restaurants in Downtown Richmond. Many delicious spots offer outdoor seating, allowing you to savor your meal while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown. If you're looking for a unique experience, head to one of the rooftop bars where you can sip on refreshing beverages while taking in panoramic views of Richmond's skyline and the James River. You might even catch a Richmond firework show!

Visit the Virginia War Memorial’s Hill of Heroes:

Observe 12,000 American Flags on the hill alongside the Shrine of Memory on Downtown Richmond’s riverfront. The 12,000 flags honor the nearly 12,000 Virginians who lost their lives in service to the country from World War II through the present day. Every year, the Memorial presents the display of flags as a gift to the City and the State. The memorial offers this display as a celebration of patriotism and a reminder of all those Virginians who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Learn more here.

Check out one of Downtown's Independence Day Events

Friday Cheers: Flipturn with Holy Roller

Friday, June 30, 6-9:30 PM on Brown's Island

Kick off your Independence Day holiday weekend with Friday Cheers' last show of the 2023 season! With over 60 million streams on Spotify alone, countless sold-out headline shows across the US, and tours with Mt. Joy, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Wilderado, Flipturn has more than proven their place in the indie scene. See them with local band Holy Roller on Brown's Island.

Get tickets for just $10 online in advance or at the door for $15.

Figures of Freedom Downtown Walking Tour

Sunday, July 2, 10-11:30 AM at the Valentine First Freedom Center

Step into the past in Shockoe Bottom, one of Richmond’s oldest historic districts, to explore the struggles for freedom that helped shape America. Join Richmond’s most experienced guides as you discover stories of Richmond’s earliest Indigenous inhabitants, enslaved people fighting to be free, Thomas Jefferson’s historic Statute of Religious Freedom, Dr. Mary Walker’s demands for equality for women and more. You'll visit Richmond’s canal walk, check out beautiful murals and visit the Henry “Box” Brown monument.

Find more information and get your tickets here.

Brunch on the Plaza: Independence Day Edition

Sunday, July 2, 3-9 PM on Brown's Island

Grab your friends and family and enjoy an afternoon of live music, fun and food on Brown's Island! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a bite to eat from local food trucks on site.

Find more information and get tickets here.

4th of July Firework Viewing from the James

Tuesday, July 4, 6-10:30 PM at RVA Paddlesports

Don’t miss your chance for the best view in RVA of the Fireworks on the James this 4th of July! Join RVA Paddlesports and raft on the James River to watch the big Fireworks show. Enjoy catered dinner, included with your ticket.

Find more information and get your tickets NOW here.