Fourth of July events and more to do this week (July 3 – 10)

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, including fireworks displays in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Newport News and a bunch of other fun, Independence Day-themed events (all of which are included in the special July 4th section below). I’ll also do my best to livestream one of the local fireworks displays on my Facebook page Monday night for those of you who can’t attend in person.

Some other highlights for this week include a free Techniques of Meditation class at James City County Recreation Center, a Moonlight Canoe Tour at York River State Park, a Household Chemical Collections and Computer Recycling event in Yorktown and the kickoff of the free “A Splash of the Arts!” series in Hampton for families with school-age kids.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

-Christin

Today, July 3

  • Community Appreciation Day – Lawn of the Art Museums (Colonial Williamsburg). The City of Williamsburg is once again hosting Community Appreciation Day, in partnership with William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg. The event will be held on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and will feature family-friendly lawn games and free sno-balls and ice cream from Sno-to-Go. Williamsburg Public Art Council is also sponsoring a community art project with large canvases for people of all ages to paint. Visit the City of Williamsburg’s website for more information. Free and open to the public. 5:00 pm.
  • A Community Salute to America – Lawn of the Art Museums (Colonial Williamsburg). The American Music Concert Series will continue with patriotic favorites from The United States Air Force Heritage of America band. Free and open to the public. 7:30 – 8:45 pm.
  • Revel at Chowning’s Tavern – Chowning’s Tavern Garden (Colonial Williamsburg). Stop by Chowning’s Tavern to enjoy an evening of 18th-century merrymaking. You never know who may stop in to converse, share stories, woo, or lead the room in boisterous song. Raise a glass to the past while experiencing an evening’s revel at Chowning’s: one of the colonial capital’s greatest pleasures. 8:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Lighting of the Cressets – Duke of Gloucester Street (Colonial Williamsburg). CW will bring its 18th-century streets to life with strolling musicians and the Lighting of the Cressets. This event will be held on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. Free and open to the public. 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

A child plays 18th-century lawn games while celebrating the Fourth of July. (Image courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.)

4th of July Events (Monday, July 4)

  • Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run/Walk – 9300 George Washington Memorial Highway (Yorktown). York County Historical Museum’s race this year salutes the USS Yorktown CG-48 Association. The live race is run on the Historic Battlefield Tour Road (accessed from York High school grounds). The virtual race option may be run on the location of your choice, July 1-4, 2022. All participants will receive a custom race t-shirt, and all finishers will receive a custom die-cast medal. Awards will also be given out for the top three overall men and women. A post-race celebration and refreshments will be available after your finish. Visit RunSignUp.com for more race information and to register online. $35. 8:00 – 10:00 am.
  • ‘Liberty Celebration’ Salutes July 4 – American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. On July 4, visitors will enjoy interpretive programs and artillery demonstrations while learning about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders. A wide variety of special programs will be available throughout the day, including: a rare July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence; a showing of Liberty Fever, patriotic programming and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, a “Great American 4th of July Sing-Along” and more. Admission is $18 for adults; $9 for youth 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg (including William & Mary students) receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. For the full list of “Liberty Celebration” special programming, click here. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • July 4th in Gloucester – Celebrate July 4th by enjoying a day filled with family fun, entertainment, swimming and more at Gloucester Point Beach.
  • Independence Day Free Admission Day – Virginia War Museum (Newport News). Celebrate America’s independence by visiting the Virginia War Museum. You’ll learn about the men and women who defended our freedom more than two hundred years. Admission to the museum is free all day on the 4th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Capitol Circle (Colonial Williamsburg). Thomas Jefferson will begin the day of pageantry, celebration and reflection with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Free and open to the public. 9:30 – 9:50 am.
  • Salute to the States – Market Square North (Colonial Williamsburg). The Virginia Military Garrison will present musket volley salutes to the original thirteen states of the Union, set to the pomp and pageantry of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. This event will take place in Market Square North, behind the Courthouse. Free and open to the public. 10:30 am.
  • Battlefield Walking Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Take an Independence Day stroll with a professional historian and tour the British Defense line. There will also be discussions about the 1st and 2nd Parallels, Redoubts 9 and 10 and the Moore House, where the surrender terms were negotiated. $10 per person; children under 12 are free. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • July 4 Celebration at the Pools – Beat the heat on July 4 by visiting one of James City County’s outdoor pools (Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Upper County Park). Pool fees apply. All who enter the pool will receive free ice pops (while supplies last). 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Noon Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Courthouse Steps (Colonial Williamsburg). Watch as 18th-century Williamsburg residents read the Declaration of Independence and share their personal thoughts on the meaning of this historic document. Free and open to the public. 12:00 – 12:20 pm.
  • July 4th on the Lawn – Art Museums’ Lawn (Colonial Williamsburg). Enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening at the Lawn of the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg. Favorite local band Good Shot Judy will headline a concert (presented by CultureFix and the City of Williamsburg) from 7 – 9:30 pm. Ice cream and refreshments will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Spirit of America 2022 – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). The VLM will host a celebration of America in the Abbitt Planetarium. This laser show mixes beloved patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets should be purchased in advance as this show is likely to sell out. $8 for adults and children over 2 ($5 for members); free for 2 and under. Numerous show times are available; choose from 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 or 8:00 pm. Register here.
  • Lighting of the Cressets – Duke of Gloucester Street (Colonial Williamsburg). CW will bring its 18th-century streets to life with strolling musicians and the Lighting of the Cressets. This event will be held on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. Free and open to the public. 8:30 – 10:30 pm.
  • Yorktown Independence Day Celebration – 331 Water Street (Yorktown). Celebrate the 4th of July where independence was won! Yorktown’s Independence Day is a free, family-friendly celebration with a full lineup of events leading up to the grand fireworks display. The morning begins with the 8K Run/Walk at 8:00 am. A parade will commence on Water & Main Streets at 9:00 am. Family games and kids’ activities will begin at 1:00 pm. Throughout the day, you can relax at the beach, listen to live music, check out local shops and explore the local museums. Evening activities will include a bell-ringing ceremony, patriotic concert and fireworks. See the full schedule of events here. Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm.
    • Fireworks viewing tips: You can view the fireworks anywhere along the waterfront. They can also be seen from the Victory Monument on Main Street.
  • Lights of Freedom – Colonial Williamsburg. CW’s American Concert Series will conclude with a celebration of the words and music of the American Revolution. This prelude to the fireworks begins at 8:00 pm and will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence, American Revolution marching music, a patriotic sing-along, and selections from the Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel performed by the CW Fifes & Drums Sr. Corps. Free and open to the public. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.
    • Fireworks viewing tips: Colonial Williamsburg’s fireworks are best viewed from the Palace Green, Market Square or the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Prefer to avoid the crowds? The fireworks can also usually be watched from the parking lot of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (the former K-Mart location) at 118-B Waller Mill Rd., the parking lot of the Food Lion in Midtown Row (1234 Richmond Rd.) or the Sweet Tea and Barley parking lot.
  • 4th of July Stars in the Sky – Victory Landing Park (Newport News). Independence Day celebrations in Newport News will begin at 7:00 pm. The Tomcats Dixieland Band will perform along with other strolling entertainment near the Victory Arch, and numerous food vendors will be on-site. Free face painting and inflatables will be available for the kids. The City will also give out free lighted-star wands – one per person – while supplies last. Full Spectrum, a band consisting of six world-class active-duty musicians with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, will perform from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. For additional information, click here. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm.
    • Fireworks viewing tips: The fireworks will be displayed over the James River. Arrive early so you have time to find a comfortable viewing location in the park. The show will last approximately 15 minutes.
  • Fireworks at Busch Gardens – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Busch Gardens’ fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm and are included with park admission.
    • Fireworks viewing tips: The fireworks can be seen throughout the park or in the Busch Gardens parking lot (the best views are often from the England parking lot). You may also be able to view them from the Marquis Shopping Center parking lot (where the Target East/Kohl’s parking lot is located).

Other Events This Week

Greater Williamsburg & Yorktown

Live Music

Monday, July 4

  • 4th of July Jam – Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). Come by for a JAMFEST featuring Scott Varney and DJ Kudlz. 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series – Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). This summer concert series will run every Wednesday from June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022. This week’s performance will feature music from Tidewater Drive. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday, July 9

  • Ashanti – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and author Ashanti will perform live at Busch Gardens. This event is part of the Busch Gardens Summer Celebration concert series. All concerts are free with park admission. 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 10

  • 2nd Sundays Williamsburg – 205 N. Boundary St (Williamsburg). Celebrate the 13th anniversary of 2nd Sundays Williamsburg. This art and music street festival features over 115 unique artisans, musicians, performers and food vendors. The event is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, March – December. Free. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Films

Tuesday, July 5

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Licorice Pizza” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series offers an art house flavor. In addition to watching the featured film, guests can hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and participate in a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is Licorice Pizza (2021; R). 2:00 – 4:15 pm.

Thursday, July 7

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “None but the Brave” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. This week’s featured film is None but the Brave (1965; NR). 2:00 – 3:50 pm.

Health & Wellness

Wednesday, July 6

  • Virtual Reality Meditation – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Enjoy a 45-minute meditation session using the library’s virtual reality goggles. Spaces are limited; call to register. For ages 13 through adult.
  • Techniques of Meditation – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). All are welcome to this open community meditation practice – whether you’re accustomed to meditation or new to it. You’ll be guided in and out of the session. For ages 16+. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday, July 7

  • Evening Yoga – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Adults are invited to attend this evening yoga session led by a certified yoga instructor. Classes are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. For ages 18+ and all skill levels.

Tweens, Teens and Young Adults

Friday, July 8

  • Teen After Hours – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Tweens/teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend this fun teen after-hours program at Tabb Library. 5:30 pm.
  • Teens’ Night Out – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Teens 13+ are invited to this after-hours evening of teens-only fun, featuring games, henna, snacks and more. No registration is required. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, July 9

  • How to Make Beats – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Sean Slaughter of Life Power Music Mentoring will lead this limited-seat workshop to teach teens how to use free online software to mix and make their own music. All technology is provided; basic internet skills required. For ages 12-18. Call to register. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Spring Formal Dance – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Young people ages 13-21 with disabilities are invited to dance their way to the latest moves with light refreshments and a DJ. Free. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Nature

Saturday, July 9

  • Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Experience the full moon by the water and see marsh life at night. Various creatures can be found along the shoreline, and owls fly in the night sky. One paddler per boat should be experienced. Call for reservation and price. 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

Sunday, July 10

  • Sunset Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy a scenic evening trip on the York River, and discover birds and other wildlife that are active in the gentle light of sunset. Canoe rentals are $9 per person (or $6 per person for a family of 4 or more), Solo Kayak rentals are $16 per person, and Tandem Kayak rentals are $22 per boat. Call for reservations. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Books

Sunday, July 10

  • Book Nook Special Sale – Stop by to check out the Book Nook Special sale, where you’ll be able to shop for new books, DVDs and more. Multivolume sets, LPs and CDs will be marked down at special prices. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Crafts ✂️

Friday, July 9

  • Makerspace Fabric Banner – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Learn how to cut out a saying using the Cricut Machine and iron it onto a fun fabric banner. For ages 13 through adult.

Markets

Saturday, July 9

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 8:00 am – noon.
  • Yorktown Market Days – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, honey, handmade soaps and candles, artwork and more from local creators and artisans. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Road (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Kids & Families

Tuesday, July 5

  • Puppet Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Children ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets, enjoy books and flannel board stories and participate in other activities. 10:00 am.
  • Catch-a-Craft – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids can get creative with a new craft every week at this event. No registration is required; drop-in any time during the craft room’s open hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Toddler Tales – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This program is an introduction to storytime for toddlers and their parent/caregiver. Children will experience literature through interactive play, songs and books and parents and caregivers will receive early literacy information. Register weekly online, in person or by phone. 10:15 am.
  • Tiny Tales – In this lapsit program, parents/caregivers will be introduced to simple songs, action rhymes and finger plays they can use to bond with their baby at home. Register weekly. 11:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Terrific Tuesday – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids and families can enjoy storytime and the summer sunshine with lawn toys and other activities. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. 10:30 am.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Mad Science: Sounds Like Science – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids will learn about science through exciting demonstrations focusing on sounds, including the singing pipe, the Dinosaur-in-a-can and a kid-created thunderstorm. 10:00 am at Williamsburg Library and 1:00 pm at James City County Library.
  • Preschool Story Time – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This program for features stories and songs with a focus on nurturing a lifelong love of reading. A parent/guardian must accompany the child. Register weekly. For ages 2 1/2 – 5. 11:15 – 11:45 am.

Thursday, July 7

  • Chris Campbell: Music for Kids – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Singer, songwriter, musician and ventriloquist Chris Campbell will perform an upbeat and interactive program for the whole family. Chris’ music is all original and features an acoustic blend of folk and pop. This event will be held at 10:00 am at Williamsburg Library and 1:30 pm at James City County Library.
  • Storytime & Craft – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This children’s program will feature new stories and crafts with a different theme each week. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services desk starting an hour before the program to reserve a spot. This week’s theme is “My Body.” 6:00 pm.

Friday, July 8

  • Puppet Storytime – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Kids ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets and enjoy books, flannel board stories and other activities at the Stryker Center. 10:00 am.
  • Catch-a-Craft – James City County Library (Williamsburg). James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids can get creative with a new craft. Drop-in any time while the craft room is open. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Fun Fridays on the Square – City Square Plaza (Williamsburg). Kids of all ages are invited to attend this all-ages story time each Friday on City Square outside of the Williamsburg Library. The program will feature children’s games, activities and snacks. Weather permitting. 10:30 am.
  • Shells by the Seashore presented by Virginia Living Museum – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Virginia Living Museum will be at the Tabb Library with a special presentation about different objects and animals that could be found on a trip to the seashore. For all ages; registration is not required. 11:00 am.

Saturday, July 9

  • Saturdays @ Frink – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). WRL’s Bookmobile offers something every Saturday to make, do, learn and play. This week’s show will feature dazzling demonstrations of dry ice storms, giant floating beach balls and even a special “burp” potions. Kids will also learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and states of matter. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Swimmingly Crafty – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids will learn animal facts while assembling sea-animal fuse-bead crafts at this fun drop-in event. This program runs from 10:15 am – noon and registration is not required. Kids must arrive by noon at the latest to participate. 10:15 am.
  • Preschool Dance Party – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Preschool-aged kids are invited to this fun event featuring an hour of songs, movement, rhymes, bubbles and balloons. Parents can share their best moves with their little ones, too. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Programs for Kids & Families at York River State Park – York River State Park will have a number of programs for kids and families this weekend. Most are included with park admission. For a full list, click here.
  • Summer Kids Dream $3 Movie Series – Movie Tavern in Williamsburg. Movie Tavern will be offering $3 movies as part of its Summer Kids Dream Family Film Series all summer long through September 1. See website for a list of upcoming movies, showtimes and additional details.

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Live Music

Wednesday, July 6

  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Blackout – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with big band music from the band Blackout. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, July 7

  • Music Under the Stars: Show Band featuring J.P Lane – Magnolia Park (Newport News). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, now in its 90th season, will perform a series of summer concerts at Magnolia Park. This week’s theme is Show Band, featuring J.P Lane. (Please note: in order to access the park at Ft. Eustis, all guests 18+ must complete this pre-authorization form in its entirety and email it to the contact on the form. Processing can take one week. Alternatively, attendees can choose to undergo on-site ID verification and a vehicle search.) Free and open to the public. 7:00 pm.
  • Music By The Bay Summer Concert: Hampton Roads Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet – Continental Park (Fort Monroe). Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music from some of the region’s most talented performers. This week’s concert will feature the Hampton Roads Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Free. 7:00 – 8:15 pm.

Saturday, July 9

  • Live Music: Later That Night – Paradise Ocean Club (Fort Monroe). Enjoy high-energy music you can dance to by the band Later That Night. See the full list of upcoming events at Paradise Ocean Club here. 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Nature

Saturday, July 9

  • Turtle Census 2022 – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff are in the midst of a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in a local watershed over time. Come watch as staff and volunteers gather all the turtles collected in nets. They’ll then spend the morning identifying the species of the turtles, cleaning their shells and using a special marking system to determine whether the turtle has been newly found or is a recapture from prior years. Attendees should wear weather-appropriate attire and bring a water bottle. Gloves will be provided. Note: you will be handling wild turtles during this event. 9:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Stargazing – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). The Virginia Living Museum offers free stargazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Several telescopes will be set up on the grounds as staff astronomers help visitors identify objects in the night sky. This event is weather dependent. Guests are required to wear masks while operating the telescope due to the close proximity. The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Shows are $8 ($5 for VLM members). 5:00 – 11:00 pm.

History

Friday, July 8

  • Civil War Lecture: Zouaves on the Virginia Peninsula – Mariners’ Museum and Virtual. Presenter John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center will discuss the Zouave regiments, which were quite the fad during the 1850s and were highly popularized by Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth’s National Guard drill team. The Virginia Peninsula witnessed several Zouave units – who were hell-bent on winning the fight – between 1861 and 1862. Learn more during this special presentation. $1 in person (free for museum members); free to watch online. Advanced registration required whether attending virtually or in-person. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

Tuesday, July 5

  • Dance 2 Fit with Stephanie L. – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This is the final class in a three-session dance fitness program. You’ll burn calories while learning the latest dance moves. For adults 18+. 6:45 – 7:30 pm.

Games and Entertainment

Tuesday, July 5

  • Adult Anime Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Adults ages 18+ are invited to attend the Adult Anime Club to watch various anime episodes via Crunchyroll and Funimation. This program is held on the first Tuesday of every month. 5:00 pm.

Thursday, July 7

  • Adult LEGO Challenge – Grissom Library (Newport News). Adults ages 18+ are invited to design their own LEGO build or craft to complete themed challenges with assorted bricks and random accessories during this fun event. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each stage of the challenge. 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Friday, July 8

  • Dungeons and Dragons – Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. Adults 18+ are invited to join this digital game of Dungeons and Dragons on Discord. 7:00 pm.

Crafts ✂️

Thursday, July 7

Markets

Thursday, July 7

  • City Center Farmers Market – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market, every Thursday through September 1. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, July 9

  • Buckroe Beach Farmers Market – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). Enjoy local produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, jarred foods and much more every Saturday through Oct. 29. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Just for Tweens/Teens

Thursday, July 7

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Interactive Movie – Grissom Library (Newport News). Be part of Harry’s journey at Hogwarts during this interactive movie. All participants will be given a bag of goodies and instructions to play and participate. Registration required. For ages 12-17. 2:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

Saturday, July 9

  • Household Chemical Collections and Computer Recycling ✔️– 105 Service Drive (Yorktown). VPPSA will accept paints, fuels, pesticides, solvents, automotive products and other chemicals at this event. This collection is for residents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. See a full list of accepted materials here. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Medicare Made Clear – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Gina Bundy, formerly of UnitedHealthcare, will lead a presentation all about your Medicare choices. She’ll also share tools and resources to help you understand the coverage that may be right for you, including a free educational guide. This seminar will focus especially on upcoming changes so you have the most up-to-date information available. 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Kids & Families

Tuesday, July 5

  • 2’s & 3’s Please Storytime – Main Street and Grissom Library. Kids ages 2-3 years are invited to this storytime program, which features reading, writing, singing, talking and playing to help develop school readiness skills. This program is available at both Main Street and Grissom Libraries and will be held on Tuesdays through July 26, 2022. A parent/caregiver must be present. 10:15 am.
  • Preschool Storytime – Children ages 4-5 will learn early literacy skills to help them prepare for school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to come and observe, but kids are encouraged to participate independently. Registration is not required. This program will be held at both Grissom and Main Street Library. 11:00 am.
  • Playgroup Pop Up – Bluebird Gap Farm (Hampton). School-age kids and their parents are invited to come to this free playgroup at Bluebird Gap Farm. Register here. 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Playgroup Pop Up – Mallory Elementary School (Hampton). School age kids and their parents are invited to come to this free playgroup at Mallory Elementary School. Register here. 9:30 – 11:30 am.
  • Water Games – Grissom Library. Kids ages 6-11 are invited to have a blast playing water games at the library. This event will be held outside, weather permitting; registration is required. 11:00 am.
  • Dino Day: Be a Readersaurus – Kids ages 3-10 will have a roaring good time at Dino Day. This program will feature fun dinosaur activities, crafts and a special treat. Registration is required. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Thursday, July 7

  • Babies In Bloom Storytime – Main Street Library (Newport News). Babies from birth through 23 months will receive a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of books and reading in this program. This program features storytime, music and fingerplay. Registration is not required; a parent or caregiver must be present. This program will be held every Thursday through July 28, 2022. 10:15 – 10:45 am.
  • Sea Stories @ Main Library – Main Library (Hampton). Kids ages 3-6 are invited to attend this fun event featuring sea stories, onsite animals and activities. Registration is required and seating is limited. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Family Fun Days – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Families with kids of all ages are invited to stop by Pearl Bailey Library for some outdoor fun. This program will meet every Thursday in July at 11 am and features a different activity each week. This event will take place outside, weather permitting. 11:00 am.
  • Toddler Time! – Main Street Library (Newport News). Toddlers and caregivers are invited to come to Main Street Library every Thursday at 11 am throughout the summer for socialization and play time. Toys and activities will be provided. For ages 12-24 months. 11:00 – 11:30 am.

Friday, July 8

Saturday, July 9

  • A Splash of the Arts – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). Families with school-age children can enjoy a series of free arts and entertainment events on Saturdays throughout the month of July. Activities will feature music, art, theater, storytelling, dance and more. All events are free. This program is made possible by Hampton City Schools, through Arts for Learning, the Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences, and with the support of the Hampton History Museum and Downtown Hampton Development Partnership. See the website for the full events schedule. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Future Events to Note

  • Bastille Day Celebration and Wine Tasting – Hornsby House Inn (Yorktown). Attendees will taste 5 French wines from the area where our sister city is in Port Vendres, France. Wine will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Folks can buy a glass or bottle after the tasting if they would like. To register, click here or email [email protected].

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