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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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Glen Allen mosque hoping to clear misconception about Islam at community open house this Saturday

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed.

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On Saturday, December 4th, a Glen Allen mosque is inviting the community to a Mosque Open House. The purpose of the open house, says the Islamic Center of Richmond, is to address the increase in Islamophobia and to provide an opportunity for the neighbors to get acquainted with Muslim neighbors while at the same time deepening their understanding of the Islamic faith.

Two Muslim organizations are hosting this event: GainPeace and the Islamic center of Richmond Mosque. GainPeace is a national Islamic organization that conducts several educational forums and provides literature and opportunity for our fellow Americans to learn the facts about Islam.

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed. “The current political climate has created an environment of mistrust, and also a curiosity in public to learn more about Islam and these Mosque Open Houses will educate them and take any questions on Islam.” Dr. Ahmed added, “The open house will also create opportunities to form alliances between the Muslim-Americans and their neighbors to better the community.”

The Mosques will serve lunch to guests.

The Islamic Center of Richmond is located at 8481 Hungary Road in Glen Allen. The event takes place Saturday, December 4, 11 am to 1:30 pm.

What to expect:

  • The social hour includes Henna design for ladies, face painting for kids, Islamic Artifacts table, Ask Imam Booth, try the Hijab booth, and exclusive VR (Virtual Reality) glasses to let viewers experience Islam in 360 degrees
  • Break for lunch
  • Presentation on Islam, common misconceptions, working together with other faiths, etc.
  • Question and answer session
  • Tour of the Mosque, witnessing of the Congregation Prayer, and gift-giving to guests

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Hermitage Richmond hosting second annual “Illumination on the Lawn”

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

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This holiday season, Hermitage Richmond is inviting the community to bundle up and enjoy some festive fun and holiday magic.

The senior living community in Ginter Park is inviting the community to join them for their second annual holiday tradition at Hermitage Richmond — Illumination on the Lawn.

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

“We are thrilled to once again bring to life our new Richmond annual tradition, and look forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to everyone with our festive light displays,” said Amy Chapman, Executive Director of Hermitage Richmond. “There are brand new displays this year that are sure to amaze our residents, as well as new and returning guests of all ages!”

Hermitage Richmond is located at 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

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Life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs arriving in Richmond for area’s largest drive-thru exhibit

The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter.

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The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter. This life-sized dinosaur drive-thru exhibit is the largest to hit the area in 2021 and brings a new attraction that is a blend of entertainment and education suited for all ages.

The Richmond Raceway Complex will be transformed into a prehistoric setting with dinosaurs and fossils of all sizes, a paleontological camp, and even an erupting volcano.

The Jurassic Encounter kicks off Friday, September 24, and runs through Sunday, October 10. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (Friday 9/24 opens at Noon)
  • Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday 1pm-7pm
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday

Guests remain in their vehicle for the duration of the tour and are able to visit the “Dino Village” at the end to browse gifts and souvenirs.  The tour is complemented by a free audio narration which is written with a focus on education and humor for all ages.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online and are priced per vehicle. There is the option to add on Dino Packs that include crafts and dinosaur-theme souvenir surprises.  More information can be found at www.drivethrudinos.com.

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