Friday, March 1, 2024

Here are the July 4 fireworks shows on the southside, and some traffic info you need to know

Here’s a list of all the July 4 fireworks happening in Virginia Beach and Norfolk:

  • Mount Trashmore will have its annual fireworks display beginning at 9:30 pm. Admission is free, and limited onsite parking is available for $10. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase, as well as inflatables, face painting and yard games.
  • Downtown Norfolk will host the 4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Town Point Park. The event is free and open to the public, includes live entertainment, and runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m, and food will be available for purchase including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, seafood, and corn on the cob.
  • For those interested in watching the fireworks while on the water, the Spirit of Norfolk is offering a 3-hour, buffet-style dinner cruise with views of the fireworks show from the Elizabeth River.
  • Fireworks and live music will also happen at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, with the Stars and Stripes Explosion on the beach. There will be live music at the 17th, 24th and 31st Street stages, with fireworks beginning at 9:30 on the beach from 24th Street.

Traffic info

An estimated 100,000 people visit the Virginia Beach Oceanfront during the holiday weekend.

To facilitate traffic and accommodate the larger-than-normal crowds entering the Resort Area for the 4th of July and the Stars and Stripes Explosion, traffic on Interstate 264 eastbound may be diverted at Parks Avenue and redirected westbound on I-264 beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 until 1 a.m., on Thurs., July 5, or until traffic is flowing safely, Virginia Beach city officials said.

During this traffic diversion, the eastbound exit for South Birdneck Road and the westbound exit for First Colonial Road may be closed. Other routes into the Resort Area will remain open: General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach Boulevard, Laskin Road and Shore Drive.

Traffic near Mount Trashmore along Independence Boulevard, Edwin Drive and South Boulevard will also be heavy, because of the annual July 4th Celebration and fireworks show, city officials said.

Virginia Beach is partnering with WAZE (a Google subsidiary) to provide real-time traffic updates. Download the WAZE app for free from Google Play or the Apple Store.

Special event parking will be $10, both at Mount Trashmore lots and at municipal lots and garages in the Resort Area.

Officials said police will be monitoring traffic to ensure emergency vehicles can quickly and safely respond to calls for service.

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