Stars & Stripes Explosion

July 4, 2016


On the beach at 24th Street
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park
31st Street Park
Free Event

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on Monday, July 4, 2016. 

Scheduled entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to a Motown tribute, a cover band playing all your favorites, and naturally, fireworks!

For the past 15 years we have been delighted to feature Symphonicity (our symphony orchestra based in Virginia Beach) as the main musical offering for Stars & Stripes Explosion.  Under the direction of David Kunkel over the years, Symphonicity has been an integral part of this growing event.  For Stars & Stripes Explosion 2016 we are pleased to offer a new program featuring one of the finest military bands in the nation.  We would like to thank the musicians of Symphonicity for their dedication to the Stars & Stripes Explosion program and look forward to new event partnerships in the future!

At our main stage on the beach at 24th Street, we are delighted to welcome the U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble and U.S. Fleet Forces Four Star Edition band to our stage on the beach beginning at 7:00pm.   The U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble, led by Lieutenant Coats, is the largest of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s performing units. The band's repertoire ranges from traditional martial music to patriotic favorites and the finest works from the wind band literature.  Maintaining a reputation of consistent quality and versatility, the U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble endures as one of Virginia’s most respected performing ensembles.

The show will segue into a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm that promises to explode over the ocean in a burst of colors and patterns! 

Entertainment Schedule:

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park

8:00pm-10:30pm, Chester B's Motown Review

24th Street Stage on the Beach

7:00pm-7:45pm, U.S. Fleet Forces Four Star Edition

8:15pm-9:30pm, U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble

FIREWORKS at 9:30pm

31st Street Park

7:00pm-11:00pm, DEJA with Stereobloom

All concerts are free and open to the public.








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