Celebrating July 4th: A Guide to Local Festivities and Activities

The Fourth of July is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the United States and, in the Lynchburg region, the day is marked by a variety of events and activities that cater to all age groups, providing both residents and visitors with a memorable holiday experience. From parades and fireworks to concerts and family-friendly activities, the Lynchburg area offers a plethora of options to celebrate Independence Day. 

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Independence Day Celebration

Just a short drive from Lynchburg, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest hosts an Independence Day celebration that combines history with festivity. Visitors can explore Jefferson’s retreat home and learn more about the early days of the republic while enjoying the beautiful grounds of Poplar Forest.

This year, Poplar Forest is hosting two noteworthy celebrations: 1776 the Musical and their annual Independence Day Celebration.

June 27 – June 29: 1776 the Musical

Revel in the revolutionary spirit of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. View these events through the eyes of Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson). Celebrate their contributions to our country’s history.

Info here: https://www.poplarforest.org/event/1776-the-musical-2/

July 4: Independence Day Celebration

Bring your family and friends out to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s Bedford County retreat, to celebrate the 248th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in historic style. Enjoy colonial-style entertainment, demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftspeople, archaeological displays, old-fashioned children’s activities, a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m. and more!

Info here: https://www.poplarforest.org/event/independence-day-celebration/ 

July 4: Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball Game and Fireworks

For sports enthusiasts, the Lynchburg Hillcats, the city’s minor league baseball team, host a special July 4th game at Bank of the James Stadium. The game often features patriotic themes, and following the final inning, spectators can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. This event is a favorite among locals, offering a classic American pastime paired with a dazzling light show.

Info here: https://www.milb.com/lynchburg 

July 4 & 5: Fireworks at the Lake

Smith Mountain Lake reflects the magic of Independence Day with a number of spectacular fireworks shows.

On July 4, enjoy the 22nd Annual SML Fireworks display at Parkway Marina. If you own a boat, take to the water early to enjoy some fun and sun before the display. Or, stay on dry land and enjoy live music, food and drinks, vendors, and a carousel.

Info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/457987623292720/?_rdr

On July 5, enjoy another incredible show at Mitchell’s Marina. Watch from your boat or from your chair at the marina. Note that parking is extremely limited and may require walking ¾ mile to the marina.

Info here: https://business.visitsmithmountainlake.com/events/details/independence-day-fireworks-at-mitchells-point-marina-32183 

July 5: Fireworks on the Riverfront in Lynchburg

Summer in Lynchburg is not complete without fireworks on the Riverfront! The Downtown Lynchburg Association will welcome friends and families to downtown Lynchburg on Friday, July 5, for their 4th year hosting this FREE event. Visitors can expect food, music, and activities to kick off at 6pm at Riverfront Park with the fireworks show beginning just after dark—approximately 9:15pm.

The main event and stage will be located within Riverfront Park, and there will be two food truck zones located in the Depot Grove and along Jefferson Street. Additional public viewing locations will be provided ahead of time.

Info here: https://downtownlynchburg.com/fireworks 

Other Notable Events

June 30 – Celebrate America at Thomas Road from 5 PM – 10 PM (fireworks at dark)

June 30 – Lovingston 4th of July Parade at 5:30 PM

July 4 – Percival’s Island Firecracker 5-Miler at Percival’s Island at 8 AM

July 4 – Independence Day at Red Hill – Gates open at 4 PM; Fireworks at dark


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