Henrico’s Red, White and Lights celebration to return to Dorey Park on July 4

Independence Day event to again feature Richmond Symphony, fireworks

Henrico County will present its annual Red, White and Lights community celebration of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road.

The free event, produced by the Division of Recreation and Parks, will begin at 4 p.m. and provide an evening of family entertainment, including a performance by the Richmond Symphony and fireworks with a light-show finale.

Henrico has organized a community celebration for Independence Day each year since 1981. This is the fourth year the county has partnered with the Richmond Symphony for an evening event and the second year that Red, White and Lights will be held at Dorey Park. To help with traffic flow, Henrico is constructing an additional road into the park from Darbytown on the property’s western side. The nearly half-mile road is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The Richmond Symphony will perform at 8 p.m. under The Big Tent, a state-of-the-art mobile stage that allows the orchestra to take its music into communities. As a grand finale, low-level fireworks and a light show will accompany the symphony’s performance.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and to arrive early to enjoy DJ Lonnie B, interactive crowd games and roving entertainment by juggler Jonathan Austin, Miss Sherri the Clown and Uncle Sam on Stilts. A carnival-style family fun zone, with games and inflatables for children and their families, will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Kelli Lemon, RVA’s “social entrepreneur” and a personality for Radio One Richmond, will serve as emcee for the evening. Food trucks also will be onsite to provide a meal or snack.

In addition to Independence Day, Red, White and Lights will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of Henrico Recreation and Parks and the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan of Virginia Tourism. The event will include an area where attendees can share what they love about Henrico and Virginia, with a special photo opportunity, giveaways and more.

Red, White, and Lights is sponsored by Henrico and Genworth. For event details and tips, go to henrico.us/rec or henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2019.


Here are a few highlights of the 2018 celebration, which drew more than 20,000 to Dorey Park.