Local Events

Memories of Elvis

The Middle Peninsula Detachment #1317/Toys for Tots presents “Memories of Elvis”  Dinner and Show with World Champion Entertainer& Vocalist Michael Hoover on Saturday, June 29th at The Abingdon Ruritan Club in Bena. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 each. Dinner by Scoots BBQ, there will be beer and wine available and they will have door prizes as well. To purchase tickets visit www.mcl1317.com or you can purchase in person at Safe Harbor Storage or by calling 804-824-6874 or 804-296-7268.


3rd Annual Gloucester Arts Festival

The 3rd Annual Gloucester Arts Festival, the Middle Peninsula's Premier Art Festival is underway! This year will feature: 2nd Plein Air Show & Gala, Symphony Under the Stars, Nocturne Paint Out, Seward Johnson Sculptures, a Meet the Artists Reception, Downtown Mural Painting, Painting Demonstrations, US Fleets Navy Band, Plein Air Workshop, Paint Main 2.5, VMFA Art Mobile, Musical Events and much more!! For more information visit www.gloucesterartsfestival.com

Sculpture Hunt 2019


As part of the annual summer 2019 arts event, iconic Seward Johnson life-size works of art will be on display in Gloucester Courthouse. A total of 10 bronze statues by Johnson will be part of the summer-long public art exhibit. For more information visit www.gloucesterartsfestival.com.l.com.

Jammin' On The Point

West Point Chamber Presents Jammin On The Point 2019 FREE Concert Series Happy Hour with $3 Beer/Wine Tickets from 6-7pm then $5 for 1 or 5 for $20 Food vendor and Cornhole Boards to play.


Friday, July 19th – Nashville Nights

Today's Best in Country Music – From Chesapeake, VA


Friday, August 2nd - Dustin Furlow W/ Matt

Singer Songwriter / Alternative / Folk – From Virginia Beach, VA


Friday, August 16th - Stuck On A Name

Reggae Band – From Urbana, VA


Friday, September 13th - JNM

Songs from the past five decades, and a wide range of genres

GCPS Screening For Preschoolers

Gloucester County Public Schools conducts screenings for preschool children as part of their Child Find Activities throughout the school year. Parents/guardians should consider having their children screened if they are experiencing difficulty walking, talking, playing and meeting developmental milestones.


17th Annual Boys & Girls Club Flounder Fishing Tournament

The 17th Annual Flounder Fishing Tournament to benefit the Gloucester Boys & Girls Club will be held on

Saturday, July 13th at Dare Marina and Yacht Club. On Friday, July 12th at 6 p.m. come to Dare Marina and Yacht Club for the Captains Party where you can register your boat and they will be having the rules meeting. There will also be McDonald’s and great raffle prizes and it’s open to the public! Then after the tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. they will have the weigh-in party with Outback Steakhouse and raffle prizes, also open to the public. Register at www.bagclub.com/flounderfishing or contact Chuck Ashe with questions at 804-695-4830.  


Summer in Yorktown Events

        The weather isn’t all that’s heating up in Yorktown…warmer temperatures mean the return of free outdoor concerts at the waterfront, an award-winning Saturday farmers market, a spectacular town-wide July Fourth celebration, schooner sails on the York River, and several new programs and exhibits at area museums and art galleries. There’s fun for the whole family, and it’s happening all season long!

        The music scene really ramps up in the summer. Enjoy York County’s free outdoor concert series, Sounds of Summer, which runs through August 29 this year (excluding July 4) —making it the longest season to date. Each Thursday features a different local band on the Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage. Concerts are 7 to 9:30 p.m. and this year’s lineup is one of the most exciting yet—showcasing some of the best bands in Hampton Roads playing beach favorites, Motown, Disco, Funk, R&B, Pop and more. Carrot Tree Kitchens will have gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, snacks, their signature desserts, and drinks for sale.

        The Celebrate Yorktown Committee Summer Concert Series takes place behind Grace Church beginning Sunday, June 30, with a performance by the York River Concert Band. The free shows are sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, York County Arts Commission, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, and Grace Episcopal Church.

        On the second Wednesday of every month, enjoy Folk Jams inside the Watermen’s Museum’s Carriage House. Visiting amateurs and professional musicians pass traditional and modern songs around a circle in a way to bring the community together. Participants are asked to bring a small side dish to share with the group. All ages are welcome with music going from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

        The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform in various locations including the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield, and at special events along the Yorktown Waterfront. Patrons at Water Street Grille and Yorktown Pub can also enjoy live music with their dinner on select Friday and Saturday nights.

        Yorktown Market Days, the weekly farmers market at the waterfront, occurs every Saturday through October 26 (excluding October 5) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring seasonal produce; locally sourced meat and seafood; homemade breads, potato chips, and pickles; soaps, candles, and all-natural products; gourmet dog treats; food trucks, food vendors, and chef demonstrations; live music; and the work of several local artists.

        The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s special exhibition “Forgotten Soldier” opens June 29 and explores how African-American veterans worked to secure recognition of their roles in the war and how some became leaders of the black community in the newly independent United States of America. Through interactive experiences, artifact displays and compelling art displays (including new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar), visitors will follow forgotten stories of soldiers who enlisted in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom. This special exhibition runs through March 22, 2020 and is held in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in Virginia in 1619. Museum admission is free to all York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents with proof of residency.

        The Schooner Alliance, Yorktown’s home-ported tall ship, offers daily history sightseeing and evening romantic sunset sails. During the popular Pirate Adventure Cruises, kids set the sails, steer the schooner, and learn to tie knots. For those who would like to explore the York River at their own pace, paddleboard and kayak rentals are available at Patriot Tours & Provisions. Visitors can also book guided one-hour and two-hour Segway tours. Both have routes along the beautiful Riverwalk and the longer, Historical Tour also takes riders up to the bluffs overlooking the York River and historic Main Street.

        Yorktown Ghost Walks take place Friday and Saturday evenings, after sunset with select weekly tours through November. In an area rich in conflict, there are whisperings of haunted buildings and lingering spirits, and those who are fascinated with the paranormal will enjoy these guided tours of Historic Yorktown’s streets.

The Gallery at York Hall will feature a special Pine Needle Basket Exhibit in June and July, and a Photography Exhibit in August. The Gallery is located in York Hall, 301 Main Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from all purchases supports performing and visual arts in Historic Yorktown.

        On the Hill Gallery invites York County children ages 6 to 12 to engage the senses through art, play, movement, and food during “What’s Happening Now? Mindfulness for Kids.” Each two-hour class takes place Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and is led by Melissa McGill—a yoga, meditation, and preschool teacher as well as Laura Stephens, a mindfulness teacher for A Mindful Mess, LLC. Please call the Gallery at (757) 369-1108 to register. The cost is $25 per class.

        Yorktown’s Independence Day celebration starts with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K run & 5k Walk at 8 a.m., followed by a patriotic parade along Water and Main Streets at 9 a.m. Evening activities include a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., Super Jazz Band Concert featuring Conni Ironmonger at 8 p.m., and an amazing fireworks display over the York River at 9:15 p.m. Detailed holiday press releases will be issued prior to the event.

       This is just a small sampling of some of the events taking place in Yorktown this summer! For a complete list, be sure to check the online calendar at www.visityorktown.org. There you will find more information about the above-mentioned events, including ticket prices and contact information. You can also access the 2019 Concerts, Festival, and Events brochure under “Travel Tools.”

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York County Courts & Office Complex, and other designated public parking lots. The free Yorktown Trolley is available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with several convenient stops throughout town. You can also dock your boats at Riverwalk Landing Piers. After tying up, it is just a short walk to attractions, restaurants, shops, museums, and special events.


Additional Event Info:

·        www.visityorktown.org

·        York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500

·        Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter:  Visit Yorktown

·        #visityorktown and #york757

Yorktown Sounds of Summer

Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concerts kick off Thursday, June 6th, at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. The series is held Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through the end of August with one break on July 4th. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy dinner or dessert at any of Yorktown’s waterfront restaurants including Water Street Grille, Riverwalk Restaurant, Carrot Tree, Umi Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s, Yorktown Pub, and Larry’s.  


This year’s lineup:  

June 27th: The Main Event Band     

July 11th: TFC Band    

July 18th: Hotcakes Band     

July 25th: Strictly Bizzness     

August 1st: Brasswind     

August 8th: Slapnation     

August 15th: Party Fins    

August 22nd: Soul Expressions     

August 29th: Band of Oz


Guests are also encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, and coolers. There will be a dance floor, friendly games of Cornhole, and to-go food from Carrot Tree available for purchase including gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, snacks, their signature desserts, and cold drinks. 

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York County Courts & Office Complex, and other public parking lots throughout town.

NEW this year, the Yorktown Trolley will run from 5 to 10 p.m. during every concert with a modified route that still includes some of the stops on the outskirts of town.


For Additional Event Info:


York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500

 York County Weather Event Hotline:  (757) 890-3520

 Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter:  @visityorktown

 #visityorktown #york757 #yorktownSOS

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

Cycling is a hobby that can be enjoyed year-round in Coastal Virginia! As such, Newport News Tourism is happy to announce that a new online resource is now available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. The trails, which have been added to our website, are separated into three categories: Road biking, Recreational biking, and Mountain biking.

 The trails cover many miles of local terrain, with varying degrees of difficulty. From a leisurely 2-mile paved trail in Riverview Farm Park to the beginner/advanced/expert mountain bike trails in Harwood’s Mill, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!

A brief description of the six trails is provided, each elaborating on the scenic river views, wooded parks, historic homes, museums, lakefront areas, bridges, and urban streets you’re likely to encounter. 

Maps are available in two formats: Downloadable PDF files that can be printed and online/interactive maps accessible from the web.  The maps can be useful for planning your route in advance and include the following:

Road biking Route 1 – Local Favorite – 8 miles Route 1 – City Tour – 21 miles

Recreational biking Riverview Farm Park – 2 miles Newport News Park – 5.3 miles

Mountain biking Lake Maury Natural Area – 5 miles Harwood’s Mill – 5.9 miles

To make sure everyone takes the typical precautions when biking, we’ve also included a “Bike Safety” tab on the website, which includes basic bicycle rules of the road and cycling tips. For more information, click on “Bike Trails” from the home page of our website at www.newport-news.org.

Mathews High School Mega Reunion

Mathews High School Mega Reunion 97,98,99,2000 will be held on Saturday, September 7th at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Pre-sale tickets before August 2nd are $30 for singles, $50 for couples, after August 2nd, tickets are $40 for singles and $60 for couples. Please visit the Mathews High School Reunion Page to get payment information.



York County's "Safety Town" Program


Registration for the 25th session of York County’s award-winning Safety Town program, which teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, is now open for York County residents only.  Registration is available online (www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec) or in person at Parks and Recreation, 100 County Drive.  Non-county residents may begin registering on Monday, May 13, space permitting.  Safety Town is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall. The cost is $35 for County residents; $50 for non-County residents.

            This summer program seeks to reduce childhood injury by introducing children entering kindergarten to basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences.  Set up to resemble a small-scale town with portable buildings, roads, and street signs, the “Safety Town: learning environment is used as a practice area for several safety lessons. 

            Each session lasts one week, running Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  All lessons and activities relate to a specific topic each day:  Traffic and Pedestrian Safety, Fire Safety, Home Safety, and Personal Safety.  Parents accompany their children to Safety Town on Friday to attend a Safety Fair and Completion Ceremony.  Each child receives a certificate, t-shirt, backpack, and a bicycle helmet.  Safety Town can accommodate 50 children per week.

            Funding for Safety Town is provided by the generous contributions and sponsorships of area businesses, community agencies, civic organizations, County government, and individual citizens.

            The schedule for the 25th session of Safety Town is:


      Date                                              Location

July 8-12                                 Yorktown Middle School

July 15-19                               Yorktown Middle School

July 22-26                               Yorktown Middle School

July 29-August 2                     Waller Mill Elementary School


            For more information about Safety Town registration, please call Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec. For information about the program, please call (757) 890-3510.


            Youth and adult volunteers are needed to serve as “Leader Assistants” responsible for helping staff group leaders monitor and supervise an assigned group of ten children.  Volunteer hours are 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, according to the following schedule:


      Date                                              Location

July 8-12                                 Yorktown Middle School

July 15-19                               Yorktown Middle School

July 22-26                               Yorktown Middle School

July 29-August 2                     Waller Mill Elementary School


            All “Safety Town” volunteers receive a free t-shirt and recognition at the weekly completion ceremony.  Interest volunteers must be available to attend volunteer training on Tuesday, June 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, 301 Goodwin Neck Road.

            Volunteers must commit to working one entire week of the program this summer.  Space is limited to 50 volunteer slots.  Volunteer applications are available online at www.yorkcounty.gov/607/volunteer.  Applications are now being accepted.

            For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec.

The Senior Center of York Monthly Programs

  A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in June. Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age.  To register for these activities, sign up in person at the Senior Center or call (757) 890-3444. 

            Along with our regular activities – Birthday Bash, Craft Day, AARP Driver Safety Program, and “War Stories and Pizza” - activities scheduled for June include:


Events require pre-registration.  Call the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444 to register and for more information about these and other events.

York County Public Library


The York County Public Library offers a wide variety of free programs and activities for all ages.








For information on library programs, visit our website at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or contact the Tabb Library at (757) 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at (757) 890-5207. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountypubliclibrary. Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.


Through an agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), York County residents may utilize the services of both WRL branches:  515 Scotland Street and 7770 Croaker Road. For directions and hours of operation, call (757) 259-4040 or (757) 259-7770.

Gleaning Baptist Church

On Saturday, August 17th take a spring walk on the side of Faith, Hope & Laughter with Gleaning Baptist Church. They will be having a Fashion Show and Musical Concert from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Moose Lodge. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are available by pre-sale only, will not be sold at the door.




York County Parks & Recreation "Movies In The Park!"

York County Parks and Recreation’s “Movies in the Parks!” program begins on Saturday, April 20th.  This free 15-movie series is scheduled for select Friday and Saturday evenings at three County parks: The McReynolds Athletic Complex(MAC), Charles Brown Park, and New Quarter Park.                                                                                      

Begins at Sunset.  Bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions available.


                                         Movie Schedule


New Quarter Park – 1000 Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg

July 20            -           An American Tale

August 17        -           Charlotte’s Web

September 21  -           Frozen

October 19      -           Hocus Pocus


Charles Brown Park – 1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown

July 13            -           Spider-man – Into the Spider-Verse

August 10        -           Incredibles 2


McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) – 412 Sports Way

July 19            -           Paddington 2

August 3          -           The Good Dinosaur


For more information about movie titles and show times, please call Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec.

 For weather related updates, call our hotline at 757-890-3501
Charles Brown Park ext 31
McReynolds Athletic Complex ext 10
New Quarter Park ext 35


York County Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Hours

York County Parks and Recreation announces spring/summer hours at the following parks:     


  • Back Creek Park Tennis Courts (3000 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown, 23692):  The Tennis office will open for hours shown below from now through October 31st:

Monday:         4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tues., Wed.:   8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday:      8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday:           8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

            *Saturday:     8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  (*Only May 1 through October 1)


  • Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road, Yorktown, 23692):  Open daily from now through August 31st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The park is subject to closure due to inclement weather for safety reasons and to protect the turf.  During inclement weather or wet field conditions, the park gates will remain locked.


  • New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg, 23185):  Open daily from now through October 31st, 8 a.m. to dusk. Park staff will be on site and public restrooms will be available. For shelter and program reservations, call the New Quarter Park office at (757) 890-5840 to make arrangements in advance.


  • Wolf Trap Park (1009 Wolf Trap Road, Yorktown, 23692): Open daily from now through August 31st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The park is subject to closure due to inclement weather for safety reasons and to protect the turf.  During inclement weather or wet field conditions, the park gates remain locked.


  • The McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) (412 Sports Way, Yorktown, 23693)  has switched to seasonal hours through October 31st, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  The park stays open for the conclusion of scheduled activities, but is subject to closure during periods of inclement weather. 


Please call the Parks and Recreation Office at (757) 890-3500 for any questions regarding these or other park sites operated by York County.  Park closures due to inclement weather can be viewed at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec and clicking on York County Parks and Recreation under “Rainout Line” at the top right of the home page.


Yorktown Market Days

Saturdays, Now through October 26 (except Oct. 5)

Yorktown Market Days, 8 AM to 12 PM  Enjoy spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! Shop for seasonal produce; fresh seafood and meats; breads; handmade soaps and candles; honey; gourmet dog treats; and a beautiful display of work from local artists and artisans. Riverwalk Landing. Free. EBT/SNAP cards accepted. 757.890.3500






Adult Volunteers Needed for Memory Cafe'

Adult volunteers are needed to assist with the new monthly Memory Café program offered by the York County Public Library in partnership with the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging & Lifelong Health and the Peninsula Agency on Aging.  The Memory Cafés are open to those suffering Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, or memory loss, and their caregivers. The Tabb Library Memory Café will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Tabb Library Meeting Room.

We are looking for individuals who possess a positive attitude, are empathetic and enjoy conversing with seniors. Some of the Memory Café participants will be able to converse fairly well on their own; others may have trouble finding words. Volunteers will be trained to draw the attendees out and help them enjoy their time. Those facing dementia can greatly benefit from conversing when they can, or otherwise just being met where they are on their journey through memory loss.  

Volunteers should be available on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the Tabb Library as often as possible. Volunteers are also required to attend a short training workshop prior to the first session. The training will cover communication techniques and information on how best to encourage conversation with those suffering from memory loss. The training will be no more than an hour in length; training dates are to be determined.

The Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown, VA, 23693. For a complete schedule and more information about the Cafés, please visit the library’s Event Calendar, available online at www.yorkcounty.gov/library.

For more information about the Memory Café or volunteering opportunities, please call Marjorie Hilkert, Memory Café coordinator, at (757) 345-6977.

Yorktown's FREE Trolley Now Operating


The free Yorktown Trolley is one of the best ways to see Historic Yorktown, and you can expect it back on the streets Friday, March 22, just in time for an exciting lineup of spring events!  The trolley is available to all locals and visitors to alleviate the hassle of finding parking close to the waterfront, especially during peak tourist season.

After a successful pilot program last year, trolley service extends past the regular schedule during Sounds of Summer concerts, which take place at the waterfront every Thursday night in June, July, and August—with the exception of July 4.


2019 Schedule

Now – Sept. 2 (daily)
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Sept. 3 – Nov. 17 (daily)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Holiday Schedule

Nov. 22 – Dec. 29 (Fri, Sat & Sun only)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The trolleys are climate controlled and ADA compliant, and run a circuitous route throughout the historic area. The 20-25 minute long route begins at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center with stops at the Victory Monument, Historic Main Street, Riverwalk Landing, Watermen’s Museum, and others, and ends at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. During the trip, the trolley drivers provide helpful information at each stop to allow the rider to focus on the scenery, the history, and where to have their next meal!


This is the 19th year York County has offered this service to the community. The trolleys are financed primarily by state and federal grant money. Each car can transport 28 seated and 19 standing passengers at a time. The trolley transports approximately 90,000 passengers throughout Yorktown during its operational season.


For Additional Info:


York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-3500

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

#visityorktown #york757


Mulch Fires a Common Occurrence


‘Tis the season for mulching!  At this time of year, it is especially common to see mulch being placed in yards, around other buildings, and even in landscape beds in medians. Mulch not only looks nice, but it’s also a great way to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.  However, mulch fires can also occur and, in the last 12 months, York County Fire & Life Safety responded to 63 mulch fire incidents!

Mulch fires may be caused by spontaneous combustion when mulch is piled high and is allowed to remain for a long period of time. Primarily, this type of fire affects those who deal with large quantities of mulch such as commercial producers, landscapers, etc.  But, mulch fires are also caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials, such as one that happened in Woodbridge, VA last year at a Chuck E. Cheese that damaged the structure necessitating its closure; and another that occurred in 2014 in Harrisonburg, VA at an apartment complex, displacing 21 people and causing $250,000 in damages.  In addition, each year, particularly during spring time or periods of low humidity and/or windy and dry conditions, fire departments are routinely dispatched to fires in medians along highways, to commercial properties with landscape fires, and structure fires that originated in adjacent mulched areas.

Here are some tips to help minimize the chance of a mulch fire and reduce the potential for damage is one occurs:

  • Provide a minimum 18-inch clearance between landscaped mulch beds and combustible building materials.
  • Recognize that when the weather is hot and there has been little to no rain for an extended time, mulch fires can start more readily.
  • Regularly water mulch when the weather is hot and dry to keep it moist.
  • If you see anything smoldering in a landscaped area, put it out if you can and report it to someone inside the building.  If the burning material is not thoroughly wetted down or removed, it may reignite.  Always call 911!
  • Be aware of conditions that are favorable for mulch fires and increase surveillance of mulch beds in the afternoon when fires are more likely to occur.
  • Designate outdoor smoking areas away from mulch beds and provide receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances.
  • Do not discard cigarettes along roadways, in parking lots, or in mulch generally or in potted plants.
  • Consider using metal cans with sand for outdoor lighted smoking material disposal.
  • Provide proper clearance for electric devices such as decorative lights by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use only the manufacturer’s recommended size/wattage for yard light bulbs.
  • Use only electrical devices and cords listed for outdoor use, and follow the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Consider replacing wood mulch with less combustible materials such as cocoa shells or decorative stone. NOTE: More fire-resistant wood mulches are course and chunky because they retain moisture longer.
  • Use noncombustible mulch such as rock or pea gravel around the gas meter and next to the combustible portions of the structure.


Whether you are a home or business owner, please follow the steps above to lessen the danger and expense of a mulch fire on your property.  For more information, call (757) 890-3600, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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