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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Celebrate 4th of July Outdoors with Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of FUN in 2021!

Fireworks to return in 2022

In the spirit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of FUN in 2021, the City of Newport News is encouraging residents to commemorate the founding of our Nation by celebrating the great outdoors.  Unfortunately, COVID impacted the City’s ability to host a large fireworks celebration this year, so instead the City is promoting fun ways to experience, discover and explore a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and amenities offered in its 36 parks.  

In preparation for the celebration, the City is hosting a weeklong resident appreciation event from June 26th – July 3rd.  Throughout the week, Newport News residents can visit Doris Miller Community Center (2814 Wickham Ave.); Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Dr.); Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Blvd.); the Newport News Visitor Center (13560 Jefferson Ave.); and the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office (700 Town Center Dr.), during normal operating hours, to pick up outdoor recreation and patriotic-themed activity bags.  Items include an American flag, picnic blanket, bubble wand, softball, flying disc, LED ring, patriotic yard sign, directory of City parks and a list of exciting things to do in the parks.  One giveaway bag and one yard sign will be available per family, while supplies last.

To celebrate our Nation’s birthday, residents and visitors can enjoy the following park activities for free on Sunday, July 4th:

  • Free admission to the Virginia War Museum (9285 Warwick Blvd.)
  • Free admission to Lee Hall Mansion (163 Yorktown Rd.)
  • Free admission to Endview Plantation (362 Yorktown Rd.)
  • Free use of the Newport News Park Disc Golf Course (13560 Jefferson Ave.)
  • Free launching of private watercraft at Harwood’s Mill (500 Oriana Road/SR 620 in Yorktown)
  • Free launching of private watercraft at Lee Hall Reservoir (13564 Jefferson Ave.)
  • Free shoreline fishing at Newport News Park (13560 Jefferson Ave.) – Virginia freshwater license required
  • Free shoreline fishing at Harwood’s Mill Reservoir (500 Oriana Road/SR 620 in Yorktown) – Virginia freshwater license required

Also on Sunday, a Happy July 4th Newport News celebratory banner will fly over the City from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Residents and visitors are encouraged to pick a park, pack a lunch and have a picnic or purchase sweet and savory prepared treats from food trucks from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Newport News Park, Riverview Farm Park, Fort Fun at Huntington Park or King-Lincoln Park. 

July 4th food vendors and locations (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

  • Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave. - Kona Ice (Shaved Ice), Pops Kettle Corn (Popcorn) 
  • Riverview Farm Park, 105 City Farm Rd - Hadassah’s Grill (Mediterranean), PA Dutch Funnel Cake
  • Fort Fun in Huntington Park at the foot of the James River Bridge - B52 BBQ (BBQ), Ben & Jerry’s (Ice Cream)
  • King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave. - Atomic Dogg (Hot Dogs), Kona Ice (Shaved Ice)


For more information, please contact Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism at 757-926-1400 or visit 

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