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''Fireworks On The Riverfront” Returns This Friday

Downtown Lynchburg Association is hosting “Fireworks on the Riverfront” on Friday, July 5, for the fourth consecutive year. 
Event Features:

  • Main Stage: Featuring The Social Distance Band: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 
  • Beer Gardens: Hosted by The Water Dog and The Depot Grille.
  • Food Trucks: Enjoy a variety of delicious options from 10 different food trucks: Rolled or Bowled, Downtown Cairo, Slice Versa, Nomad Coffee, Heavenly Sandwich, Pop's Good Humor, Slow Smoke, Holy Heaven Cookie Co., Bahama Sno Shack
  • Amazement Square: Staying open until 8 pm for extended fun and exploration.
  • Fire Throwers and Stilt Walkers: Dazzling performances that will leave you in awe.
  • Marquee Letters: Snap a photo with our giant “Party in the USA” marquee letters.
  • Face Painter: Transform into your favorite character or animal.
Know Before You Go:
  • Riverfront Park Construction: Riverfront Park is under construction this summer to prepare for the new amphitheater. Fortunately, a portion of the park will be available for our event festivities. Additionally, our event footprint will include the Riverfront Parking Lot adjacent to the park. What does this mean for you?You may end up viewing the fireworks from an area of the park covered in hay or from a parking lot. Bring chairs (not just blankets) for your whole family. 
  • ParkingDowntown Lynchburg offers free parking on nights and weekends both on-street and in lots! Download our parking map to locate your best option. Please note that Riverfront Lot will be closed as we are utilizing this space for the event. Limited Handicapped parking spots will be available along Jefferson Street and in all City lots.
Before the Event:
  • Arrive Early: With 4,000 - 5,000 people expected, parking and good viewing spots will fill up quickly. Aim to arrive at least a couple of hours before the fireworks start.
  • Check the Weather: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and dress appropriately. It is going to be HOT so remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen. Bring an umbrella or poncho if rain is predicted. 
  • Plan Your Parking: Research available parking options in advance. Carpool if possible! Limited handicapped spaces will be available on Jefferson Street.
  • Public Transportation: If possible, use public transportation or rideshare services to avoid the hassle of parking.
During the Event:
  • Stay Informed: Follow event updates on social media or through the event's website. This will keep you informed of any changes or important announcements.
  • Find a Good Spot: Scout the area for a comfortable spot with a clear view of the sky. Bring portable chairs for seating. Blankets may not be comfortable in certain areas of the park. 
  • Beat the Heat: Bring plenty of water, especially if it's a hot day. Bring sunscreen for protection and you are welcome to bring umbrellas for shade but they must be taken down during the fireworks display. 
  • Pack Snacks: Bring snacks or a picnic dinner. While there will be food vendors and restaurants, lines can be long, and it’s nice to have your own options.
After the Event:
  • Be Patient: Expect delays when leaving. Although we have taken steps to reduce the exit time this year, with so many people, it will take time for the area to clear.
  • Leave No Trace: Dispose of your trash properly. Respect the park and help keep it clean for everyone to enjoy.
  • Safe Travel Home: Ensure you have a safe way to get home. If you’re driving, be cautious of increased pedestrian traffic.
“We are thrilled to bring back this popular event, and to invite everyone to join us in Riverfront Park,” said Ashley Kershner, Executive Director of Downtown Lynchburg Association. “We hope that our community will come out and explore all that Downtown Lynchburg has to offer as we kick off Fourth of July weekend!”
This free public event is provided to the Lynchburg community thanks to our title sponsor, BWX Technologies, with additional support from Genworth FinancialGentry Locke AttorneysAcademy Center of the ArtsCity of Lynchburg, and our event media partners ABC 13 - WSET1079 WYYD, and 96.3 WROV.
Attendees can visit for event information including parking, frequently asked questions, and more. Stay updated on the day-of details on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
About Downtown Lynchburg Association
Downtown Lynchburg Association is an accredited program of the Virginia Main Street and the National Main Street Center™ and a member of International Downtown Association. For more than two decades, the organization and the City of Lynchburg have worked together to sustain and develop downtown as a vital economic, cultural, recreational, residential, and historic center for our community.