Locals know that when it comes to celebrating Independence Day, Richmond gets the party started early. As in a day early—on July 3rd—because, well, we’re ahead of the curve.
This July 3, there are OPTIONS—a variety of opportunities to celebrate America’s birthday on fleek, with a healthy serving of fun and fireworks. Here are some options for making your holiday sparkle:
- The City of Richmond’s “3rd of July Fireworks Show.” The City’s free annual celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Marina Bay Park, located at Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard. The fireworks will hit the sky at 9:15 p.m. and the festivities will include music, dancing, food and games. For more info, call 510-620-6973 or click here.
- “Richmond | Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks.” Another excellent option for third of July fun is at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Located at 1414 Harbour Way South—nearby Marina Bay Park—the pavilion’s waterfront locale makes it another ideal spot for taking in the City of Richmond’s fireworks while listening to musical accompaniment by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The event runs from 6:30-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free to the public, the event will have food for sale; spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. For more info, click here.
- “Fireworks at the Point July 3rd.” Moving further down the shoreline to Riggers Loft, 1325 Canal Blvd. in Richmond, we arrive at yet another fine option for taking in the July 3 fireworks amidst panoramic views of the Bay Bridge and multi-city skylines. From 6-10 p.m., patrons can enjoy a prime viewing spot (bring lawn chairs) while sipping wine and cider made by Riggers Loft’s resident wineries/cider maker and dining on eclectic cuisines served up by local food trucks (some are cash only). This family-friendly event will feature a video truck for kids (those under age six will be admitted free). The adult ticket price is $15-30 pp and includes a complimentary glass of wine or cider. Live tunes are also on the agenda, with Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic playing all evening long. For more info, click here or call 510-233-2065.
- “July 3 Fireworks, Food & Fun on the Red Oak Victory.” If you’re looking to optimize your pre-Independence Day patriotism—or just want to do something super cool—head on over to the Red Oak Victory ship July 3 from 6-10 p.m. at 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond. Visitors of the WWII-era ship that evening will have the chance to enjoy a host of fun activities, including touring the ship, enjoying a BBQ dinner with drinks (one drink included per dinner ticket), exploring a genuine 1945 passenger bus, dancing to live music on deck, sending a “1944 SMS” from the original radio room on board, visiting with legit WWII “Rosie the Riveters” and reenactors—and of course—watching the fireworks display and the beautiful sunset over the bay from a top-tier location. Tickets are $35 pp for admission only and $55 pp for admission and the BBQ dinner/one drink. For more info, click here.
“For Richmond extends its very best wishes to our community for a safe and festive Independence Day celebration,” said Kyra Worthy, For Richmond’s executive director. “See you under the fireworks!”
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com