Thousands celebrate Independence Day at Dogwood Dell

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - The big Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell ended with a bang.

The turnout for the event estimated to be somewhere between 30 and 35 thousand.

Its a Richmond tradition.

"We come every year, I love it, the band is outstanding! I wouldn't miss it for the world," said one spectator.

The Fourth of July celebration at Dogwood Dell drawing thousands.

Families and spectators converging at the ampitheater with chairs, blankets, and picnic coolers in hand, for good music and good food.

"I like the fireworks and I like to hear the band and the music," said spectator Reyna Crooms.

"I like the live music and the commaraderie of the crowd," said spectator Sherese Lee.

"To enjoy the holiday, take part in the festivities, it's the 4th of July! Celebrate independence," said Lee.

Extra police patrolled the park to keep the family friendly atmosphere and monitor the overflowing crowds.

This year, the Dell was the only ticket in town for firework fans.

So expectations were high.

"I like the fireworks that used to be at the Diamond but since it has to be here, it'll be spectacular, cause its the only place you can watch them," said Chris Lee.

And boy did they deliver.

The fireworks stole the show.

Event organizers are on hand to help the last of the crowd get on the road to head home after another successful Fourth of July celebration.

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