Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dogwood Dell Offers a Family Fourth and Fireworks

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and bring the entire family to the City’s annual free Fourth of July celebration and fireworks extravaganza presented by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities on July 4 at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park.
     The program will begin at 5 p.m. with Susan Greenbaum performing on the Dell stage. This much-loved local singer/songwriter never fails to delight audiences with her intelligent lyrics, versatile voice, and compelling personality. Her set of pop/rock selections will be followed at 7 p.m. by a selection of musical pieces on the Carillon bells performed by Larry Robinson, who has been the City’s carilloneur for more than 50 years.
     At 7:30 p.m., the Richmond Concert Band will take the stage to perform a program of rousing patriotic music, including many traditional numbers the audience will recognize and want to sing along with. The highlight of the evening is the annual finale, the “1812 Overture,” played with a live orchestra, cannons, carillon bells and fireworks as it was originally composed. This finale usually takes place around 9:30 p.m. and continues once the “Overture” is complete. 
     Event parking will be available at City Stadium, located at 600 McCloy Street, with shuttle bus service to and from the Dell.   
     The public is reminded that the adjacent Barker Park dog park will be closed July 3, July 4 and July 5 for safety purposes, and no pets are allowed at the Dell.
     The rain date for this event is July 5. For more information or last minute updates, call the Dogwood Dell Hotline at 646-1031.