Thursday, May 24, 2012

Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday

The week of May 25 - 31 is a Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday to encourage residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. During the seven-day period, purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Many of these items are of daily use, such as bottled water, flashlights, batteries, cell phone batteries, etc. Many Richmond retail outlets will carry these supplies and have information regarding this tax holiday, or  visit for more information. You may also view a list of tax-exempt items below.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Richmond's Welcome Home Our Heroes Parade, May 19

The parade will kick-off at 10 a.m. at Kensington and the Boulevard and proceed south on Boulevard, ending at the Carillon. 

The parade will provide the Richmond community an opportunity to support and thank our military and their families for honorable and dedicated service to our nation during the past decade.

This event will have a major impact on vehicular traffic and parking along the parade route and immediate area from 5:30AM – 1:00PM on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Towing Enforcement for the parade route will commence at 5:30AM and these areas are clearly marked by posted Special “No Parking” signage.

The Boulevard will be closed in all directions from Park Ave. to the Carillon from 8:00AM – 1:00PM. 

Please make arrangements to avoid being towed by not being in violation of these special no parking restrictions during this event. 

Please plan ahead if you must travel in this area during this event. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Electronic Recycling Day for Residents

WHO:  Richmond Clean City Commission, Richmond Department of Public Works, and Central Virginia Waste Management Authority

WHAT:  Drop off for all household electronic items, such as computers, monitors, radios, fax machines, microwaves, camcorders, etc.  Fluorescent light bulbs and large appliances cannot be accepted.  

WHEN:  Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: 1710 Robin Hood Road (corner of Boulevard and Robin Hood Road)

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s E-Cycle Day offers City residents an efficient and green option to recycle unwanted electronic products. There is a $7 recycling fee for televisions. All other household electronic items will be recycled free of charge. For more information on E-Cycle Day, visit

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Let's Do Business With the City

Learn more about opportunities for your business and how to become a vendor with the City of Richmond. Space is limited. Please register no later than May 22, 2012.

What: Let's Do Business with the City Workshop
When: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Richmond Police Training Academy
             1202 West Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mayor Announces 2nd Annual “RVA Fireworks on the James”

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that, for the second year in a row, there will be a free fireworks display on downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront on July 3, 2012. Dominion and MWV (MeadWestvaco) will sponsor the event as part of the City’s 4th of July celebration.

The “RVA Fireworks on the James” ( event will take place on Brown’s Island in downtown Richmond beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dominion and MWV – Fortune 500 companies headquartered along the James River in downtown Richmond – are underwriting the costs of the event. 

The City of Richmond and Venture Richmond will produce the July 3 festivities.

“As we saw from the thousands of people who came to Brown’s Island last July 3rd, this is a very popular attraction,” said Mayor Jones. “RVA Fireworks on the James enhances the City’s 4th of July celebrations and highlights our unique riverfront. Our thanks go to Dominion and MWV – two strong corporate partners -- for hosting another spectacular fireworks display.”  

The event will feature entertainment by local youth performers including SPARC (the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” Additional food vendors will be on Brown’s Island and the public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy music during the summer evening and see the fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.

“On July 3, in celebration of our nation’s independence, people from across the Richmond region will flock to the banks of the James River for the second ‘RVA Fireworks on the James,’ an extravaganza that showcases Richmond’s local talent, its community spirit and its historic river,” said Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion. “Dominion and its employees are proud to continue our sponsorship of this unique, family-friendly tradition.” 

“We are pleased to sponsor again this year the second annual ‘RVA Fireworks on the James,’ said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV. “What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than on our historic city’s beautiful and lively downtown riverfront. Last summer’s event was such fun, we know it will be another great success for 2012!”

Fireworks will be provided by Fireworks by Grucci. Known as the "Top Name in Fireworks in the World," Grucci is a family-owned and operated company headquartered on Long Island, New York, with production and distribution facilities in Virginia. 

The rain date for RVA Fireworks on the James is Thursday, July 5, so as not to interfere with other fireworks events sponsored by the City at Dogwood Dell and at the Diamond.