Thousands celebrate July 4 in Hampton Roads

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of people descended on Hampton Roads to celebrate Independence Day.

Tuesday was a perfect beach day thanks to the overcast skies keeping temperatures a bit cooler.

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Officials told 10 On Your Side that all of the Oceanfront motels and hotels are sold out.

Businessman Mike Standing owns restaurants at the Oceanfront and loves that the holiday fell on a Tuesday this year.

“It is great. You get an extra big week,” Standing said. “People are actually coming in today and staying three or four days. You have a full week of business.”

The Gore family, of Newport News, comes to Virginia Beach every July 4.

“We normally don’t come down to Virginia Beach as often or across the water,” Jonalyn Gore said. “We actually come down and see the fireworks and just fellowship with family.”

Jonalyn’s son, AJ, doesn’t care for fireworks.

“They’re kind of too loud. I don’t like them,” he said. “I mean, they are colorful, but too loud.”

WAVY’s Andy Fox ran into a lot of families on the beach Tuesday and Mike Standing says that’s the city’s goal.

“We are very family oriented. That’s the goal of Virginia Beach — appeal to the families. We have sports, the beach, the outdoors.”

What you need to know about July 4th celebrations at the Oceanfront

If you’re going to Virginia Beach to celebrate, live Oceanfront entertainment will be at 17th, 24th and 31st Street stages Tuesday with concerts starting at either 6:30 or 7 p.m. You can find the full lineup online.

Keep in mind, drivers on the interstate will be diverted starting at 8 p.m. Locals and visitors are encouraged to arrive via Shore Drive, General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach Boulevard or Laskin Road. The eastbound exit for S. Birdneck and westbound exit for First Colonial will be closed from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Va. Beach changing traffic pattern to Oceanfront this Fourth of July

There will be free parking at the convention center, so plan wisely and come to the resort area early — don’t wait until the last minute — in order to avoid delays on I-264. All parking meters accept credit cards and coins. There is a one hour minimum for credit card payments.

Fireworks in Virginia Beach start at 9:30 p.m.