Virginia Beach, Family and Fireworks (Day 1)
This year for the 4th of July, my gas happy hubby, pint-sized toddlers and stepson packed up and headed to Virginia Beach to celebrate this federal holiday with my family. I created this wonderful itinerary that included lunch dates with a few of my girls to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives, something fun to do each day with the family and date night for me and the hubby. Well, things didn’t exactly turn out the way I planned, but we had a blast regardless. We kicked off the festivities with a cookout courtesy of my mommy. She can really throw down on the grill. BBQ ribs, chicken, pork chops, hot dogs, potato salad, candied yams, squash and string beans were some of the delicious items on the menu.
After everyone stuffed themselves into a couch-induced coma, we packed up the strollers and headed to the beach for fireworks around 8:45 pm. Parking and driving anywhere near the oceanfront is terrible this time of year. Thankfully, my mom lives within walking distance to the boardwalk. After a little debate, we decided not to walk but drive. We parked at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (which is free ) and walked about seven blocks to get to the boardwalk.
It was a decent show; I’ve definitely seen better. It seemed as though they were having some technical difficulties, so the firework show started a few minutes late. What was more interesting than the show were the people walking around. According to the hubby, the fireworks that he use to purchase in Pennsylvania to bring to Virginia Beach on the 4th of July years ago was better than this show. I don’t know about all of that, but I will agree that it was a definite adrenalin rush watching him light the fireworks and run like hell for his life to avoid getting burned!!!
Overall, it was a good time. A bit of advice for anyone wanting to visit here next year. Don’t wait until the 11th hour to make your way down to the boardwalk to see the fireworks. I heard that the cops were blocking the streets and the interstate preventing people from entering the oceanfront at a certain point because it was becoming too crowded. If you can afford it, get a hotel room on the beach with a view of the boardwalk. Doing so will allow you to sit on your balcony, watch the fireworks and not have to deal with the aftermath. We didn’t make it home until almost midnight due to traffic.