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Stars & Stripes Explosion

July 4, 2017


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 July 4! 

Scheduled live entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to tribute bands, and naturally, fireworks!

Stars & Stripes Explosion is proud to feature the Quantico Marine Corps Band's Concert Band and Rock Band at the main 24th Street beach stage!  Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps.  With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the band has performed at many recognized civilian events, including the Super Bowl XLI Pregame Show, the 9/11 Memorials at Carnegie Hall and the Town Arts Theatre, in Times Square, and at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Columbus Day Parades in New York City.  The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation.  The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles.

Your family can also participate in the Amateur Sandcastle Contest, presented by Coca-Cola. Registration is FREE and open from 11 am-1 pm only. Registration is on the Boardwalk at 24th Street and is LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 ENTRANTS. Contest is on the Beach at 24th Street and starts promptly at 1 pm and ends at 4:30 pm sharp. Entrants may only work inside of their designated space. Entrants will be given 2 buckets and 2 plastic shovels to work with. Entrants may bring additional tools, and subjective to judges approval. Judging takes place from 4:30-5:30 pm. One winner will be picked in the following categories: Best Overall, Best Structural Engineering, and Most Creative. Winners will be announced around 5:30 pm and must be present to win. Prizes include cash, dining related gift certificates, and fun Coca-Cola gift packs. 

Both the Rock Band and Concert Band of the Quantico Marine Corps Band will perform on the beach stage at 24th Street.

All concerts and the firworks show are free and open to the public.

Entertainment Schedule

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park:

7:00pm-10:00pm, Chester B's Motown Review

24th Street Stage on the Beach:

6:30pm-7:45pm, Quantico Marine Corps Band (Rock Band)

8:15pm-9:30pm, Quantico Marine Corps Band (Concert Band)

FIREWORKS at 9:30pm:

31st Street Park

7:00pm-11:00pm, The Deloreans

Parking is conveniently located in the 19th Street North & South Municipal Lots

300 19th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

25th Street Municipal Garage

336 25th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

31st Street Municipal Garage

209 30th Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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