4th of July 2020


Newport News Celebrates the 4th of July, At Home
~LED wands, virtual programming, “Light up the City” and more~

This 4th of July, the City of Newport News invites residents to “celebrate together, at home,” with festive at home celebrations, interactive activities, and special “Light up the City” illuminations for our Nation’s birthday. These activities will replace our usual 4th of July Stars in the Sky event and fireworks celebration this year.

On July 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., families can drive up to one of three sites and pick up American flags and LED wands (one each, per person in vehicle) and a 4th of July yard sign (one per vehicle). Food trucks will be selling items at these community centers during the pick-up hours. The locations are:

  • - Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Boulevard (Food trucks: Marco’s Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s)
  • - Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive (Food Trucks: El Coqui and Sweet Frogs)
  • - Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue (Food trucks: Boyd’s Tasty Dogs and PA Dutch Funnel Cake)

In lieu of fireworks, residents are encouraged to decorate their homes and help to “Light up the City” at 9:00 p.m. Creative, and safe, ways to light homes include string lights and luminaries with battery tea lights, and house lights and flashlights can be flickered on and off for a “firework” effect. “Light up the City” will include searchlights at Brooks Crossing and red, white, and blue lights on the City Center fountains.

There will also be daytime aerial flyovers with banner from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. Interactive activities links for games, crafts, history, and contests will be posted online at www.nnva.gov/2579/4th-of-July-2020 and www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals

A special musical performance from Slapnation, at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, will be  will be shown at 1 pm, 7 pm & 10 pm on July 4 on http://newportnewsva.cvp.swagit.com/live/?channel=nntv1 and on Cox channel 48/Verizon channel 19. l. 

A special fireworks video produced by Newport News Television from footage of our past fireworks shows will be shown on July 4, 9 - 10 pm on http://newportnewsva.cvp.swagit.com/live/?channel=nntv1 and on Cox Channel 48/Verizon Channel 19. . 

Everyone is invited to share pictures and videos of their at home celebrations using the hashtag #NNTogetherAtHome.

For more information, call 926-1400.

Fun Activities for You to Do at Home Celebrate the 4th of July:


Crafts, games, and recipes from Newport News YP (Youth Programs):

Paint Battle Challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zpy2UlBFTw 

4th of July Drip Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J30mBCT5x8U 

Family Fun with YP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPAMh9rc16A 

DIY Firework T-Shirts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgdJYGkgWqI 

Edible   4th of July Treats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNXVcpfeI4 

DIY 4th of July Lava Lamp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAox5e_non0 

Firework Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQjKmtLjxd8 

Fun Obstacle Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfx4anAFzO8 

Paper Towel Roll 4th of July Art https://youtu.be/Paper Towel Roll 4th of July Art

DIY 4th of July Décor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFz5AI87YO4 

4th of July Vision Boards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh-bElEkyrA 

Newport News Parks 
Nature and History Videos 

Newport News Instructional Classes Videos