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Henrico County presents Red, White, and Lights A Fourth of July Celebration
Richmond, VA – June 1, 2016 – Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present Red, White, and Lights, taking place at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park on July 4. The free event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities.
A Henrico County 4th of July Celebration has taken place annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time, expanded hours, and be highlighted by new entertainment.
“We are all looking forward to a new twist on an old favorite with the addition of the Richmond Symphony and laser-light show,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the symphony and are excited about the performance. I know our residents and visitors are going to enjoy this updated version of one of Henrico’s most popular events.”
The Richmond Symphony and laser-light show will mark the finale of the event. The symphony will perform under “The Big Tent,” a state-of-the-art mobile stage that allows the orchestra to take its music out into the local communities.
“We’re delighted to be bringing the Symphony’s Big Tent to Henrico County as we extend its reach across the Metro Richmond region,” Richmond Symphony Executive Director David Fisk said. “Henrico County has been a strong supporter of the Big Tent initiative from the get-go. We welcome the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the Division of Recreation and Parks, expanding our service to the county’s residents and their families.”
Guests may bring blankets or chairs and are encouraged to arrive early to fully enjoy the event. Children and their families will enjoy living history exhibits around the farm, patriotic contests and games, inflatables, and airbrush tattoos in the Family Fun Zone from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Food trucks will be onsite to provide an evening meal or snack while guests enjoy the evenings performances, beginning at 6 p.m. Entertainment includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence; balancing and juggling acts by Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist; dance performance by The Colonial Dance Club, and fife and drums by Williamsburg Field Musick. Bill Bevins, host of “Star Mornings” on 100.9 FM and WTVR CBS 6’s “Virginia This Morning” will serve as emcee for the evening.
About the Richmond Symphony
Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to over 50,000 students and teachers each year. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.