Richmond’s waterfront to come alive with pre-Independence Day parties

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Richmond’s waterfront to come alive with pre-Independence Day parties
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By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond’s waterfront will become flourished with fireworks and festivities on Mon., July 3, immediately preceding the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday. Here’s a roundup of activities happening along the shoreline so you can make plans to dive into the fun.

City of Richmond’s 3rd of July Fireworks Show: Richmond’s always been ahead of the curve, and that includes for its Independence Day celebration, which take place on Mon., July 3rd at the City’s Marina Bay Park from 5-10 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m., so arrive early and bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Also on hand will be live music, food trucks/vendors and fun, family friendly activities. Admission/parking is free and Marina Bay Park is located at Regatta Blvd. & Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond. Questions? Contact 510-620-6793.

Pride+Purpose: A Celebration of Richmond Ingenuity: East Brother Beer Co. and Rosie the Riveter Trust are teaming up for “Pride+Purpose: A Celebration of Richmond Ingenuity” Mon., July 3 from 4-9:30 p.m. at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Partygoers will find beers for purchase and live music, food trucks, vendors and games. Equally important, there will be a clear view of the City of Richmond’s nearby fireworks. Proceeds from alcohol sales benefit Rosie the Riveter Trust—the nonprofit that supports the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park—and additional community programs. The event is free-admission; learn more about recent event changes here. Children and well-mannered pets are welcome. The Craneway Pavilion is located on the waterfront at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.

Fireworks at the Point/Andre Thierry: Riggers Loft is helping to seal Richmond’s waterfront as destination party central on July 3rd from 6-10 p.m. with its “Fireworks at the Point/Andre Thierry” event, complete with food, wine, music, access to the City’s fireworks and more. Five food tents will be offered to guests that night, including: Tent 1: Woodfired Pizzas; Tent 2: Burgers and frites; Tent 3: Taco Taco!; Tent 4: Cajun: Shrimp po-boy and gumbo yaya; and Tent 5: Deserts including beignets and strawberry shortcake. Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic will perform accordion soul music during the evening. Tickets to this event include free parking and are $35 for adults; $15 for those 21 and under; and no charge for kids 6 and under. To purchase tickets, click here. Riggers Loft is located at 1325 Canal Blvd. in Richmond along the waterfront.

The Red Oak Victory ship along Richmond’s waterfront will not hold an event Mon., July 3, however, it will be open to the public for other options. On Sun., July 2 the WWII Victory ship will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which it will premiere its monthlong Port Chicago Naval Magazine Disaster exhibit with maps, diagrams, photos and text in cooperation with The Walking Ghosts of Black History. The ship will also be open Tues., July 4 to mark Independence Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to board the ship are: Admission and self-guided tour: $10; admission and docent-guided tour: $15; and admission and docent-guided tour including the ship’s Engine Room: $20 (Must be at least 12 years old). Find the Red Oak Victory at 1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 5, in Richmond. Learn more here.