Who is ready for the night sky to light up with streaks of color? 4th of July fun is here and below is what Richmond has to offer!
Red, White and Lights
Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen
Free admission, 4:30-9:30pm
This event features the Richmond Symphony, a laser light show and a family fun zone! There will be vendors for various activities and food trucks to provide a meal to sit back and enjoy the evening entertainment.
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July
Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond
Free admission, 5:30pm
Come out to the amphitheatre and enjoy music by Bak N Da Day and the Richmond Concert Band. Fireworks will start at dusk and if it starts to rain, show up to this spot the next day on July 5th for your firework fun.
Fireworks at The Diamond
3001 North Boulevard, Richmond
$8-$14, Gates open at 4:30pm, Game at 6:05pm
Interested in a sporting event with your fireworks show? Come out to The Diamond where the Richmond Squirrels will be taking on the Fightin Phils. There will be an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza after the game that will hopefully follow a victory for our Squirrels! If you would rather cleanse your palate with some hops for the evening, you can also catch these fireworks from Hardywood brewery at 2409 Ownby Lane located behind The Diamond.
Goochland Fourth of July Fireworks
1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland
Bring the family to the Goochland Sports Complex and enjoy fireworks starting at 9pm!
Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration
10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield
Free Admission, 5pm
Celebrate at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School). Fun for all ages, they will be offering an activity area for children, food vendors and entertainment. Fireworks begin at dark. Please note that the roads leading to the fairgrounds will be closed at 8:30pm, prepare and get there early!
Ashland 4th of July Parade & Celebration
500 S Center Street, Ashland
Free Admission, 11am
Celebrate our country the old fashioned way with a walking parade starting at 11am, an apple pie baking contest and a patriotic pet contest!
guest post by Ashley Glasco
My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting a local brewery, Center of the Universe, located in the southern reaches of Ashland, Virginia. With a plethora of such places in and around Richmond these days, we arrived wondering what made this place different.
A brewery is a brewery, right? Usual overpriced beers with fun names and unique tastes.
We spoke with a number of people during our endeavor, and throughout our stay learned that COTU is much more than just a building that serves beer; it is a cornerstone of the community.
Tom took us on a tour of the building, showing us the upcoming rooms for tastings and private events, older rooms along with their history, and of course the area where their beers are made! As we went through the tour, Tom’s passion for what he does became clear. Not just in the product they present, but an attitude that breathes life into a welcoming environment. From the excitement and well wishes of a young couple holding their reception to maintaining his cool while handling a malfunctioning CO2 cartridge, he is someone who has a million things going on at any given moment, but still takes time to talk with patrons on a personal level. The attitude extends to the staff who are prompt and happy to assist, even as customers overwhelmed the bar during the Saturday event we attended. There was good music playing on the jukebox, conversations amongst all types of people, and the best pinball games in town. COTU was alive and thriving with good vibes and a sense of warmth on the inside scene, and the outside was even better.
We decided to buy some food from the truck Kava Kava Gourmet. They specialize in Persian style dishes that are fused with European tastes. I ordered the Gnocchi, which consists of Italian sausage, Thai basil, sun-dried tomatoes marinated in masala wine and a marinara sauce. My husband ordered the Butternut Squash Ravioli served in a pistachio cream sauce with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Both dishes were extraordinary! The texture and taste screamed “fresh” and blended well with the sauces. The fresh parmesan gave the overall dishes a boost to perfection. The food tasted authentic, well prepared, and went above all expectations of a food truck. Make sure to pay them a visit if you see them out and about; you won’t be disappointed!
With our evening winding down along with the band, our bellies full, and our glasses almost empty, I took one last look around thinking about the name of the business. Center of the Universe is not a self-centered name based on what a mayor said about his town or a crossroads of railways near the area. It’s about a business that centers its focus on the community and the individuals within. Ultimately, the center of our universes is here in Richmond for the time being. I challenge you to come together to celebrate with a great beer and good times at Center of the Universe Brewing.
Summer is here and with that comes fun, vacations and the need for entertainment! Luckily, Regal Entertainment Group is offering $1 movies all summer long starting June 21st on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00am. Two movies will be featured per week and they will both play each day. Below is the schedule and participating locations in the Richmond area.
If you need to escape the heat or stay out of the rain, this is a deal you don’t want to miss!
Participating Theater Locations:
Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20
Glen Allen, VA
Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX
Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX
Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16
Not sure if a movie is appropriate for your child’s age? Check out www.commonsensemedia.orgwhere they rate media in all different categories helping you make an informed decision.
For more info, visit: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
guest post by Ashley Glasco
I went in for lunch at Latitude, located at 15532 WC Commons Way in Midlothian. I was greeted with a friendly smile from the hostess and seated immediately. I met with Jenetha, who was a stay at home mom for 15 years and previously a consignment shop owner. Once her kids were older, she picked up a serving job, and during her four years in the restaurant business, she worked her way up to general manger. It was during this time that she met and worked with Kevin, Jonathan, and Carlos. They became good friends who worked well together and nearly a year ago, they began their venture into being restaurant owners. The four partners signed for the space in August of 2015 and they officially opened in October. Despite being open for less than a year, the restaurant is thriving and constantly bringing in new customers.
During the evening, it is always busy and the restaurant always has something going on, whether it is Happy Hour specials, food specials or live music. They also have a covered patio, the only one in the area which gives you an option to eat outside on nice days! The restaurant is family friendly and has a good mix of people. You can come in dressed in jeans or for a night on the town and feel completely comfortable in either scenario. The atmosphere is pleasant and the bar area is separated by a brick wall which helps distinguish the kind of setting you are looking for.
Word of mouth is their main source of new clientele and it wasn’t until last month that they really started advertising. They have customers who they consider regulars and really make it a point to get to know each and everyone who walks in the door. You can find Jenetha on the floor on a regular basis, often hostessing, serving food and bussing tables. She does the marketing, event booking, fundraising events, administrative work…really, a little bit of everything, though she prefers to stay out of the kitchen. ;) She makes it a point to visit each of the tables while she is there. The goal for the restaurant is to make the atmosphere pleasant, for the customers feel welcomed and comfortable, and for them to have an overall great experience. They strive to have a personal connection with their customers and agree that customer feedback is important.
Kevin and John were the brains when it came to the seafood concept. They are very confident when it comes to cooking seafood and it is the dominant feature on the menu. Aside from this, Latitude is really unique in that there really isn’t a restaurant like this around the area. They pride themselves on fresh food and that it is made in house. The seafood comes in fresh and their specials (which change daily) are based off of what they get in and, in turn, what sort of entree is created. The staff has even been known to contribute to new dishes for the menu! The specials are the most popular item on the menu because they are the freshest and most unique. Other customer favorites include the Lobster Bisque, Hellfire Shrimp, and Stuffed Flounder.
Aside from the daily specials, the menu changes seasonally and is very reasonably priced. They have something for everyone. Not a seafood fan? No worries! Their menu includes steak, chicken and has a lot of variety including pastas, house specialties, wraps, sandwiches, tacos, soups, salads and apps, and plenty of sides and add ons. They have an extensive wine list, 32 beers on tap (many from local breweries), and hand crafted martinis and cocktails. They have great Happy Hour specials 7 days a week. And as if it couldn’t get better, all of their desserts are homemade!
The four owners have different qualities that help make running the restaurant successful. They are so pleased with how well they are doing and are still in awe that their vision has become a reality. And while they are perfectly content with how well things are going, they still have big dreams. Their intent is to open additional restaurants in the future. They are currently looking at several locations in Northern VA and the Raleigh area and hope to begin plans in the next year or so.
I started with the Mussels appetizer, which came to the table in a giant bowl of deliciousness. They were cooked perfectly and very well seasoned. The white wine and lemon butter sauce was amazing and it paired perfectly with the glass of white wine I ordered. I knew I couldn’t devour the entire bowl or I would not be able to eat the the Mahi Mahi Tacos I ordered, so I maintained self control! When the tacos arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they look delicious, they were big! The tacos were loaded with tender, flavorful fish and cilantro slaw. I had one taco topped with cucumber tomato pico and lime sour cream and the other topped with pineapple salsa and fresh avocado. It was so refreshing to have food served that was FRESH. The greens that were served with the tacos had a unique and tasty dressing which I finished right away. By the time I left, the restaurant was filled with happy customers and warm conversation. I left with a full belly, a smile on my face, and already thinking about what I may order next time. I have a running list of things I want to try including the Lobster Mac and Cheese and Jenetha’s Lobster Grilled Cheese!
To learn more about Latitude, you can visit their website: http://www.latitudeseafoodco.com/
To keep up with their specials, be sure to like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LatitudeSeafoodCo.1
15532 WC Commons Way
Midlothian VA 23113
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Hello there! My name is Ashley and I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. I am also a wife and mother and LOVE event planning! I enjoy discovering new restaurants, visiting local breweries and exploring RVA while hosting monthly Girls Night Out events. You can usually catch me with my laptop and a cup of coffee!