2020 UPDATE: Due to current guidelines for physical distancing at mass gatherings, the City of Roanoke has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Independence Eve Fireworks Celebration. By making this decision, Roanoke joins many other communities in the area that are cancelling events out of an abundance of caution. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s goal has been to keep the community healthy and safe. The City is hopeful that 2021 will see a return of the fireworks celebration.

Each year, the City hosts Roanoke’s largest display of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. Join us at River’s Edge Sports Complex South on July 4, 2019, for patriotic music, fireworks, food trucks, and more!


  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The festivities begin! Bring your family and some lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy food trucks, bouncy castles, face painting, and live patriotic music performed by Winds of the Blue Ridge. The orchestral band will play until 8:30 p.m. After their performance, we’ll rock along to 94.9 Star Country’s tunes until the fireworks begin.
  • 9:00 p.m.: Time to find your perfect viewing spot and settle in for the show. Jefferson St. between Belleview Ave. SE and Walnut Ave., and Reserve Ave. between Jefferson St. and Spring Hill Suites (formerly Cambria Suites),  will be closed to ensure safety before the fireworks begin. These areas are closed to the public because they lie in the fireworks fallout area. One northbound lane of Jefferson St. will remain open between Reserve Ave and Williamson Rd. Please obey Police instructions and remember to clear out of the fireworks fallout areas to ensure your safety!
  • 9:15 – 9:40 p.m.: Roanoke’s BIGGEST and BEST Fireworks show!
  • 10:30 p.m.: Jefferson St., Reserve Ave., and Wiley Dr. will reopen to traffic once the Fire Marshal’s Office has ensured that the fireworks fallout areas have been safely cleared.
RAIN DATE: If there is inclement weather on July 4th, we will reschedule the fireworks for the following day, July 5th, at the same time. If the celebration is rescheduled, there will not be music, food trucks, or family activities on the rain make-up date.


When it comes to getting to Roanoke’s Fireworks on the Fourth, you have a few options: you can drive, walk or bike, or take a free shuttle from Patrick Henry High School. Due to limited parking space and street closures, we strongly encourage spectators to reduce vehicular traffic by walking, biking, or riding a shuttle to River’s Edge Sports Complex – South instead of driving.

How should you get to Roanoke’s Fireworks on the Fourth? You have three good options:


Valley Metro will be offering a free shuttle service from Patrick Henry High School starting at 6:45 p.m. The shuttles will drop off at Evans Mill Road near the River’s Edge Park tunnel, right beside the fireworks show. Fourteen Valley Metro buses will run between the pick-up and drop-off locations continuously until the last bus leaves Patrick Henry High School at 9:00 p.m. sharp. Shuttles running back to Patrick Henry High School from the park will resume after the show and stop running at approximately 10:30 p.m.


If you’re planning to drive, please be aware that parking is limited. Plan to arrive early and remember that sections of Jefferson St. and Reserve Ave. will be closed until 10:30 p.m. The River’s Edge-North parking lot off of Reserve Ave. and pedestrian bridge will be closed. 

  • Carilion Clinic Parking Garage at 15 Evans Mill Rd. | Google Map 

*Please note that there will be no street parking along Reserve Ave., Rosalind Ave., Wycliffe, or Crystal Spring


There are two parking lots at Wasena Park, which is roughly a 0.5-mile walk away from River’s Edge Sports Complex along the Roanoke River Greenway. You’ll pass Smith Park’s playground on the way – the perfect pit-stop for your little ones!


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