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RVAHub Guide: 4th of July in Richmond

Wednesday marks the 243nd anniversary of American independence. There’s a ton of ways to celebrate and here are our top picks, recommendations, and some advice.

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RVAHub’s four tips for the 4th

Further down the page, you’ll find out where to go and what to do, but here are our top four tips for getting the most out of the 4th:

1. Get Happy – The laws recently changed and now bars and restaurants can advertise their Happy Hours. What’s more American than getting booze on the cheap? Nothing by gum, nothing. This is a questionable pick for the 4th but valuable advice any time of the year. RTD has a list of all the current Happy Hours they could find.

2. Get Wet – We had this tip last year and I can just repeat it because it’s very, very true. The forecast is “surface of Mars” which is slightly cooler than today’s “surface of Sun”. The best way to stay cool, besides staying in your basement is in the water. Head for the pool, river, or lake of your choice. I’ll be heading to the pool because nature scares me.

3. Hollywood – Nothing is more American than sitting in the dark watching movies. In no particular order, here are our Patriotic Binge Watch Fest-O-Rama recommendations:

  • A League of Their Own (There’s no crying in baseball.)
  • Stripes (Army training, sir.)
  • The Longest Day (Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die.)
  • Hidden Figures (Every time we get a chance to get ahead they move the finish line. Every time.)
  • Rocky IV (He is not human, he is a piece of iron.)

Last Year’s Picks

  • WestWorld on HBO (Not patriotic I just want you to watch so you can explain it to me)
  • Wonder Woman (It’s not about deserve, it’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.)
  • Independence Day (Okay, boys, let’s give Mr. Casse some cover. Gentlemen, let’s plow the road!)
  • The Postman (Wouldn’t it be great if wars could be fought just by the assholes who started them?)
  • The Patriot (You know, it’s an ugly business doing one’s duty… but just occasionally it’s a real pleasure.)

4. Reason for the Season  The Virginia Museum of History and Culture helps remind us why we’re donning our red, white, and blue with their Independence Day Celebration. There will be extended hours, a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with us! We’ll have a day full of star-spangled festivities, including live music, an in-gallery scavenger hunt, highlights gallery tours, food trucks, and a photo booth. Join us for a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony beginning at 10:30 am and see 100 candidates for citizenship from nearly 50 countries take the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum, held in partnership with the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and officiated by the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Where to watch things go BOOM

Don’t be stupid, read the fine print

In Virginia, fireworks that explode and rise into the air are illegal without a permit. That includes firecrackers, roman candles, torpedoes, and bottle rockets. In Richmond (as well as in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties), fireworks of any kind, including sparklers are prohibited. The penalties for breaking these laws can include fines of up to $2,500 and jail time.

Also, don’t shoot your gun into the air. I’m, frankly, amazed this needs to be said, but I’m equally confident that the folks most likely to shoot their guns in the air will not change their behavior until one of those bullets land on their own head or someone they know and love. This very action took the life of a seven-year-old child at Sunday Park in Midlothian in 2013. Seriously, don’t do it.

Take Care of Fido and Fluffy

Did you know that more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? Take care of your furry companions and keep an eye out for your neighbor’s critters, too.

Closings

Too many restaurants and businesses to list will be closed or have modified hours, so be sure to check Facebook pages before going to your favorite watering hole or other local business.

  • City and county offices: Closed.
  • City and state courts: Closed.
  • Public libraries: Closed.
  • Parking: Meters will not be enforced.
  • Trash: Richmond and Henrico County collection, transfer stations and landfills will be closed. Central Virginia Waste Management Authority pickups will be delayed one day.
  • State offices: Closed.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles: Customer service centers closed.
  • GRTC: Buses will run on a Sunday schedule. However, more buses will be out around the time fireworks start and end in order to meet passenger demand.
  • Banks: Most are closed.
  • Shopping malls: Open.
  • ABC stores: Close at 6 p.m.
  • Federal offices: Closed.
  • Post offices: Closed.

Independence Day celebrations across the city will bring changes to traffic.  Numerous road closures and “No Parking” zones will be in effect on Thursday, July 4.

Road closures for Rocketts Red Glare will be in effect in Rocketts Landing from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.  During the event, East Main Street / Old Main Street will be closed between Williamsburg Avenue and Orleans Street.  Nicholson Street will also be closed between East Main Street and Williamsburg Road.

No parking zones will be in effect for the 4th of July Concert and fireworks show at the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Many streets in the Byrd Park and Carillon neighborhoods will have restricted parking including Douglasdale Road to McCloy Street, Pump House Drive and Park Drive.  Street closures and no parking zones are available for view on Google Maps.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Diversity Richmond Providing Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru

Food will be distributed by order of arrival, no early arrivals will be accepted.

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Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru
Thurs., Nov. 26th
11:30 a.m. ’til 2:00 p.m.
Diversity Richmond parking lot
1407 Sherwood Ave., RVA 23220

You’re invited to swing by a pick up a free delicious hot Thanksgiving meal catered by Ms. Girlee’s Kitchen, courtesy of Black Pride RVA and the Laughing Gull Foundation.

Food will be distributed by order of arrival. We will not accept early arrivals. To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and community members, we will adhere to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your vehicle and open the window of your vehicle when it’s your turn in line. All COVID-19 protocols are in place for all people preparing and handling the food. See you then!

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All Aboard, the Train Tradition Returns to Science Museum of Virginia

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities.

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It wouldn’t be the weekend after Thanksgiving in Richmond without train-themed fun at the Science Museum of Virginia’s Model Railroad Show, presented by Dominion Energy. While the event will look different this year due to capacity limitations, the Museum is excited to host the model train club displays for the 43rd year November 27 through 29.

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will also enjoy seeing the classic scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows for decades.

“The Model Railroad Show is a nearly half century Virginia holiday tradition,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “It was important to us to keep the tradition going, but to do so in the safest manner possible. Every change we’ve made to this year’s event is designed to help manage guest flow to create a safe and enjoyable event for families to create lasting memories.”

One of the most important changes for this year’s event is that all guests – including Museum members – must purchase tickets in advance through the website or by calling guest services. No walk-up tickets will be sold at the Museum. Tickets go on sale on the Museum’s website today, Nov. 10.

To manage the flow of guests, the Museum is offering timed entry both to the Museum and to the Model Railroad Show with a limited number of tickets available in each timeslot. When purchasing a ticket, guests will select their Museum entry time. Entry to the Model Railroad Show, held in the Dewey Gottwald Center, will be 30 minutes after guests arrive at the Museum.

The Museum will offer member-only hours each day from 8 – 9:15 a.m.; general public entry times will begin at 9:30 a.m. daily. The last ticket time slot will be 3:45 p.m. each day to allow guests time to experience the Model Railroad Show before the Museum closes at 5 p.m.

The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including requiring masks, so guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit. There is no reentry to the space housing the Model Railroad Show and/or the Museum all three days of the event.

While at the Museum during Model Railroad Show weekend, guests can take in free planetarium shows offered in the Dome at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Guests can also help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge. Museum educators will offer steam engine demos in various places around the building, and this year’s event also includes a display of historical Broad Street Station items from the Museum’s collection. In addition to the themed activities, the Museum’s “Speed,” “Boost!” and “Giant Insects” exhibits will all be open for guests to explore.

The Museum is grateful for Dominion Energy’s continued support of the Model Railroad Show as they return as presenting sponsor for the third year.

“We are especially pleased to sponsor this event again this year,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “The expansive display of model trains will bring some much-needed joy and fun to our community as 2020 comes to a close.”

Model Railroad Show activities are free with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Qualifying guests should call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving those tickets with the discount code.

Planetarium shows in the Dome are free of charge all weekend, and seating is first come, first served. Each showing is limited to 50 people, and there is no food or drink allowed in the Dome. The Museum’s gift shop will be open each day of the show, but the café and concessions will be closed.

 

Check out more of our photos from last year’s show.

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Ring in the new year in an active way with Sports Backers’ new “So Long 2020” virtual 5K

“2020 has been a challenging year, and wasn’t what any of us expected, but we’ve also seen great resilience from so many people to stay committed to active living,” said Meghan Keogh, Director of Events for Sports Backers. “As part of our nonprofit mission to provide opportunities for people to stay healthy and stay strong, we’ve focused on creating a number of new events to keep people motivated. We’re looking forward to providing another chance for participants to get active and start 2021 on a positive, energetic note.”

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Sports Backers is inviting participants to put a new twist on ringing in the new year, by walking or running it in instead in the ‘So Long 2020 presented by Capital One’ virtual event. In the new event, participants will complete a 5k on a course of their choosing any time on December 31, 2020, and proudly declare, “I Kicked 2020’s Asphalt,” as the calendar turns to 2021 at last. Registration is now open and can be done at www.sportsbackers.org.

The registration fee is $17, and includes the official event t-shirt with the “I Kicked 2020’s Asphalt” tagline, as well as a downloadable bib number and virtual event badge. Additional merchandise add-ons with the “I Kicked 2020’s Asphalt” tagline will be available during registration, including coffee mugs, pint glasses, and a hooded sweatshirt.

“At Capital One, we’re all about reimaging things, whether it’s banking or a new community event like this one,” said Andrew Winninger, Engage Lead for Capital One. “We’re excited to team up with Sports Backers to create an innovative and safe way for Richmond residents to pound the pavement and start off the new year on the right foot.”

Participants can register through December 31, 2020, then run or walk a 5k (3.1 miles) anywhere they want, while remembering to follow social-distancing guidelines. Participants can also submit their time through RunSignup, and are encouraged to share photos on social media by tagging @SportsBackers and using #SoLong2020 to make social distancing feel less isolating and join in the celebration of covering 3.1 on December 31.

“2020 has been a challenging year, and wasn’t what any of us expected, but we’ve also seen great resilience from so many people to stay committed to active living,” said Meghan Keogh, Director of Events for Sports Backers. “As part of our nonprofit mission to provide opportunities for people to stay healthy and stay strong, we’ve focused on creating a number of new events to keep people motivated. We’re looking forward to providing another chance for participants to get active and start 2021 on a positive, energetic note.”

More information on the ‘So Long 2020 presented by Capital One’ can be found at www.sportsbackers.org/events/so-long-2020-presented-by-capital-one/.

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