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
- - Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive
- - Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue
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 (see the event website the announcement of times). 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, live at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, will be shared on NNTV Cox48/Verizon 19, NNTV Facebook, and the NNTV YouTube Channel. These sites will also include a link to a special fireworks video produced by NNTV. Everyone is invited to share pictures and videos of their at home celebrations using the hashtag #NNTogetherAtHome.
For more information, call 926-1400.