Henrico’s Red, White and Lights celebration to return to Meadow Farm on July 4

Independence Day event to again feature Richmond Symphony, laser-light show

Henrico County will present its annual Red, White and Lights community celebration of Independence Day on Sunday, July 4 at Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road.

The free event, produced by the Division of Recreation and Parks, will begin at 5 p.m. and provide an evening of family entertainment, including a performance by the Richmond Symphony featuring a repertoire of patriotic and America-themed selections with guest conductor Antoine T. Clark and a laser-light show finale. Gates will be open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will need to be in the event area to see and hear the show.

Red, White and Lights returns to Meadow Farm for the first time since 2017. Dorey Park, where the event was held in 2018 and planned in 2019, attracted an estimated 11,000 people on June 19 for Henrico’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration.

“We’re excited, just two weeks after Juneteenth, to present another large, in-person gathering to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Neil Luther, director of Recreation and Parks. “Our community celebration of Independence Day has been a wonderful event for 30 years. We look forward to having the community join us at historic Meadow Farm.”

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, a laser-light show will accompany the symphony’s performance.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and to arrive early to enjoy roving entertainment by juggler Jonathan Austin, Miss Sherri the Clown and Uncle Sam on Stilts. Face painting, photo opportunities and visits with Henrico County Public Library will also be available. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 6 p.m. on the steps of the farmhouse. Antoinette Essa, a reporter for WTVR CBS 6, will serve as emcee for the evening. Food trucks will be onsite to provide a meal or snack.

 For event details and tips, go to henrico.us/rec or henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2021.

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