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Celebrate 4th of July in Style at the Beach

Independence day celebration on the beach, starfish and patriotic sunglasses

The 4th of July is a time to savor the best of summer while honoring our nation’s heritage, and what better place to experience the festivities than the stunning beaches of Virginia Beach? As the sun shines bright and the waves crash against the sand, Atlantic Shores welcomes you to join us in creating unforgettable memories this 4th of July.

So, pack your beach essentials, don your patriotic attire, and join us in creating lasting memories this 4th of July. Embrace the spirit of the holiday, connect with the local community, and celebrate the freedom and unity that define our great nation.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make the most of this patriotic holiday on the beach and highlight the exciting events happening in the area.

Celebrating on the Beach: Preparation, Activities, and More

Picture this: a sun-drenched beach, a gentle sea breeze caressing your skin, and the sound of laughter mingling with the crash of waves. This is the backdrop for your 4th of July celebration.

But it’s not just any beach—it’s Virginia Beach, where pristine shores meet boundless opportunities for celebration.

Choose The Perfect Beach Spot

When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July at the beach, selecting the right spot is key. Virginia Beach boasts a variety of beaches to suit every preference. Whether you prefer a lively atmosphere or a more secluded retreat, there’s a beach for you.

We recommend these two:

  • The Oceanfront: This dynamic stretch of sandy paradise is the heart of Virginia Beach’s beach scene. With its lively boardwalk, bustling shops, and restaurants, the Oceanfront is perfect for those seeking a lively and festive atmosphere.
  • Sandbridge Beach: If you’re looking for a more tranquil and family-friendly experience, Sandbridge Beach is the ideal choice. This secluded beach offers pristine sands, gentle waves, and a serene ambiance away from the hustle and bustle of downtown that is perfect for relaxation and quality time with loved ones.

Whichever beach you choose, you’ll have the perfect backdrop for an incredible 4th of July.

Pack Your Beach Essentials

To fully enjoy your 4th of July beach celebration, it’s important to pack the right essentials. Here’s our recommended list of items you’ll want to include in your beach bag:

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s rays with a high-SPF sunscreen. We recommend at least SPF 30 or higher. Remember to reapply throughout the day!
  • Beach Towels and Blankets: Bring ample towels and blankets for lounging on the sand and enjoying beachside picnics. Nothing is worse than only packing a few towels and them all getting wet, causing you to have nothing dry to sit on.
  • Umbrella or Beach Tent: Create your own shaded oasis by bringing an umbrella or beach tent to provide relief from the sun.
  • Beach Chairs: Comfortable beach chairs are a must-have for extended periods of relaxation on the sand.
  • Cooler with Refreshments: Keep yourself hydrated and energized by packing a cooler filled with refreshing beverages and snacks. It’s always good to pack more than you think you’ll need, just in case!
  • Activities for all Ages: Whether you’re with a small group or a large extended family, it’s always a good idea to pack some games or activities to enjoy. Bring some games, like bocci ball or a volleyball net, to offer options for you all to enjoy throughout the day.

Of course, depending on your specific plans, you’ll want to individualize the list above to fit your unique needs and wants for the day.

Engage In Fun Beach Activities

Speaking of activities, the beach offers a plethora of activities to make your 4th of July celebration even more exciting. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Beach Volleyball: Gather your friends and family for a friendly game of beach volleyball. Set up a net, divide into teams, and enjoy some friendly competition on the sand.
  • Sandcastle Building: Unleash your creativity and try your hand at building sandcastles. Let your imaginations run wild and create intricate fortresses or towering structures.
  • Water Sports: Engage in exciting water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, or surfing. Rent equipment from local vendors and ride the waves for an exhilarating beach experience.
  • Beach Yoga: Find your inner zen and practice beachside yoga. The calming sound of the waves and the soft sand beneath your feet create a serene environment for a rejuvenating yoga session. This is a great activity to break up the excitement of the day and take a few moments of mindfulness and rest.

Sizzle with the Flavors of Freedom

No 4th of July celebration is complete without a delicious BBQ feast, and what better place to have it than right by the beach? Picture the sizzle of the grill, the aroma of mouthwatering meats, and the sound of waves crashing in the background.

Hosting a beachside BBQ is the perfect way to enjoy good food, good company, and the scenic beauty of Virginia Beach.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Choosing the Perfect Spot: When selecting your beachside BBQ spot, look for a designated grilling area or check the local regulations regarding beach BBQs. Set up your grill in a safe location away from any flammable materials and follow all safety guidelines. Also – consider bringing a portable or beach-friendly grill that is easy to transport and set up.
  • Bring the right BBQ tools: Remember to bring your grilling tools, such as tongs, spatula, grill brush, and oven mitts. Plates, utensils, and napkins are also necessary when planning a beach BBQ.
  • Plan Your Menu Ahead of Time: Get creative with your beachside BBQ menu and include a variety of options to suit everyone’s taste buds, such as:
    • Burgers and Hotdogs
    • Grilled Vegetables
    • Grilled seafood
    • Sides such as pasta salad, coleslaw, or watermelon slices
    • And don’t forget dessert!

Enjoy Virginia Beach 4th of July Events

The 4th of July celebrations in Virginia Beach extend far beyond the sandy shores. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of events that honor our nation’s independence.

Here are some remarkable events to add to your itinerary:

  • “Stars & Stripes Explosion” at the Oceanfront: Prepare to be dazzled by a symphony of fireworks dancing harmoniously with live music. This event is held annually at the Virginia Beach oceanfront and is free to attend. Live bands play throughout the event, which ends with a stunning fireworks spectacle.
  • Independence Day Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park: Gather your loved ones and attend this family-friendly event. Enjoy live music, indulge in tasty treats from local vendors, and marvel at a jaw-dropping fireworks display that illuminates the park. Admission is free, but parking is $10 per car.

Make it an Unforgettable 4th of July at Virginia Beach

As the sun sets on another memorable 4th of July in Virginia Beach, it’s time to reflect on the cherished moments and connections made during this celebration of freedom. At Atlantic Shores, we believe in fostering a sense of belonging and creating opportunities for our residents to embrace the best of life. The 4th of July embodies the spirit of togetherness and appreciation for the simple joys that make life extraordinary.

Happy Independence Day!