Fourth of July at Town Point Park

Fireworks light up the night with the Schooner Virginia in the foreground during the Great American Picnic on July 4, 2018, at Town Point Park.

Get out your picnic blanket — it's that time of year again.

Here's your annual guide to all the places you can see fireworks and some other Independence Day activities.

This year, the holiday falls on a Thursday. Some events include displays on nights throughout the week as well.

Chesapeake 

South Norfolk Fourth of July Parade and Picnic in the Park — 1441 Bainbridge Blvd.

Parade starts at 10 a.m., and festivities in the park start at 11 a.m. Live music, food trucks and activities will run from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free, family friendly and open to the public. Some activities require a small fee of $1-$2. Southnorfolkcivicleague.org, 757-788-1885.

Norfolk

Norfolk 37th annual Fourth of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks — Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

5 to 10 p.m. The United States Fleet Forces Brass Band will perform at 6:30 and 8 p.m., and the fireworks display will start at 9:30. Guests can buy "traditional all American fare" like hotdogs and hamburgers. The event is free and open to the public. Festevents.org

Ghent's annual Fourth of July Children's Bike Parade 1 Memorial Place, Norfolk 

Meet between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at the Chrysler Museum to assemble for the parade. The route will run through Fairfax and Colonial avenues before heading back along the Mowbray Arch waterfront and back to the museum. Treats, face painting and prizes will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. nextdoor.com/events/va/norfolk/july-4th-childrens-bike-parade-in-ghent-3038113

Harbor Park Post-Game Fireworks

After the Norfolk Tides play the Gwinnett Stripers at 7:05 p.m. on July 3, the stadium will be host to a fireworks display. milb.com/norfolk/tickets/promotions

Hampton

Fort Monroe National Monument — 20 Ingalls Road

On July Fourth, there's an annual flag ceremony in partnership with the Fort Monroe Authority, Casemate Museum and James Monroe Memorial Foundation that observes the 188th anniversary of the 1831 death of President James Monroe. 2019 will honor the legacy and connections of "Freedom's Fortress" and explore the efforts to bridge the historical racial divide between communities in Virginia. nps.gov/fomr, 757-722-3678

Then July 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., a family-friendly event will include live music, activities and fireworks. The USAF Heritage of America Blue Aces Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. No vehicular traffic will be allowed onto Fort Monroe after 8 p.m. Food vendors will be onsite from 5 to 9:15 p.m. fortmonroe.org/calendar, 757-251-2754

Newport News

4th of July Stars in the Sky — Victory Landing Park, 50 23rd St.

7 to 10 p.m. The event begins with free children's rides, face painting and entertainment. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Free admission and parking, with food available from vendors for purchase.

Portsmouth

Patriotic Salute and Bike Parade — Afton Parkway

Bike units will gather at George Washington Highway and Afton Parkway for registration starting at 8:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., a fire engine will lead the parade to Afton Square, where the flag will be raised at 10 a.m. with patriotic music, speeches and refreshments. portsvaevents.com/event-calendar

Stars and Stripes Concert — High Street Landing

Tidewater Concert Band will run through a selection of patriotic music starting at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert at about 9:30 p.m. portsvaevents.com, 757-393-8000.

Virginia Beach

July Fourth Celebration — Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive

4 to 10 p.m. Live music and food. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Note: Limited on-site parking, $10. Edwin Drive between Independence and South boulevards may close.

Stars & Stripes Explosion — Oceanfront 

Free music at the 17th Street (7 p.m.), 24th Street (7:30 p.m.) and 31st Street (7 p.m.) stages. Fireworks at 9:30. Free. www.beachstreetusa.com

Suffolk

Suffolk Stars and Stripes Spectacular — Constant's Wharf Park & Marina

The park will open at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment, children's activities, local merchandise vendors, food and music. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Children's area for $5 (kids 12 and under). There will be free shuttles from the First Baptist Church, Godwin Courts and City Hall parking lots beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Fourth of July Fireworks — 1 Busch Gardens Blvd.

Regular admission prices to the park. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 3 and 4. buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events

Colonial Williamsburg

Free outdoor festivities include readings of the Declaration of Independence at 9:30 a.m. and noon; a military muster celebrating the original 13 colonies at 10 a.m.; fife and drum performances; and the "Lights of Freedom: A Fourth of July Procession and Fireworks" at 9 p.m. Many activities require regular admission. Premium seating on the Palace Green is being sold for the fireworks, but they can be viewed from the area for free, as well as from Market Square and the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Yorktown

Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Activities all day will include music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/liberty-celebration

Festivities in Yorktown begin with an 8K run and 5K walk at 8 a.m., a parade at 9, a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., a jazz concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. yorkcounty.gov

The Outer Banks

Corolla Independence Day Celebration, Historic Corolla Park, 1100 Club Road

3 to 9 p.m. Live music and family activities including watermelon eating contest and cornhole tournament. Fireworks begin at dusk. www.visitcurrituck.com, 252-435-2947.

Kill Devil Hills Fireworks Show — Avalon Fishing Pier, 2111 Virginia Dare Trail (milepost 6)

Fireworks begin at dark. Rain date July 5.

Nags Head Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular — Milepost 11.5 on N.C. 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail

Fireworks at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier. Rain date July 5. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. www.nagsheadnc.gov

Manteo Fourth of July Celebration 

The fun starts at 2 p.m. on the Courthouse Stage with music featuring The Lost Colony Choir. Competitions and music through nighttime. Fireworks start after dark around 9:30. townofmanteo.com, 252-473-2133.

Duck Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

9 a.m. The 1-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. townofduck.com/duck4thofjuly, 252-255-1286.

Katherine Hafner, 757-222-5208, katherine.hafner@pilotonline.com, @khafner15

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