There’s something about fireworks in a downtown setting. There is not much of an argument from that the Carillon and Diamond are THE Richmond 4th of July traditions. But, unless you have tix to the ballgame or have some friends over in Westover Hills, you kind of have to be there to enjoy. One of the great things about the RVA Fireworks on the James is how many places there are to watch, such as Brown’s Island, Manchester, Chimborazo Park, Gambles Hill, Oregon Hill, and other local secrets (shhh… like the 1st & Canal parking lot).
- Arrive at least an hour early if you want a parking space & do not want to get caught up in gridlock. Our lots WILL fill up!
- Manchester Bridge basically shuts down at 9pm. Cars just stop in the middle of the road like it’s the zombie apocalypse.
Last but not least… It’s also FIRST FRIDAYS. Get downtown early!
- Park at Main & Foushee parking lot & pay with your phone (Passport Zone: 520).
- Stroll up to Broad St., enjoy some galleries, and grab a bite at one the amazing restaurants.
- Near fireworks time, grab a blanket and head down 2nd St. for an amazing view of the fireworks show from Gambles Hill.
- Quench your amazement at Triple Crossing Brewery on Foushee St, listen to some tunes, and you’ve now officially kicked off the 4th of July weekend in style.
Parking Costs: $5