Fireworks on the James light up sky, and smiles

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - RVA Fireworks on the James ignited the sky over the River City Tuesday night, during an early birthday celebration for our nation. It was the second year for the big Independence Day display near the waterfront. The event kicked off a week of local Fourth of July celebrations.

Before the fireworks, talented, young performers lit up the stage on Brown's Island. The Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Ballet's "Minds in motion," and the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) kept the crowd captivated, as they waited for the final event. Teenagers Benny Winkelmann and Taylor Farrar say entertaining is just as much a rush as the Fourth of July explosions.

"You're doing what you love in front of the people who adore you, and it's pretty fun," said Farrar.

RVA Fireworks on the James definitely delivered. However, if you missed the display, you can still score a show at the Diamond. The Flying Squirrels will shoot off fireworks Wednesday through Friday, at the team's home games. Crews had rushed to fix the stadium's left outfield wall, which was blown out by a storm on June 25, in time for this week of celebrations.

Dogwood Dell will also host a stunning fireworks show and live entertainment Wednesday evening at dusk.

NBC12 has compiled a list of additional Fourth of July events around the Richmond area.

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