(Virginia Beach, Va., June 25, 2014) – Following its designation as one of this year’s top U.S. summer travel destinations, Virginia Beach has emerged on yet another significant list. Based on published-price advance hotel bookings in the United States and Canada, Priceline.com ranked Virginia Beach an impressive #15 on their list of “Top 50 Destinations for July 4th 2014.” Priceline.com is a world leader in online accommodation reservations who also ranked Virginia Beach fifth on their list of 2014 “Top 10 Summer Beach Destinations.”
Options for celebrating the July 4th holiday across Virginia Beach include many free activities and events. At the Oceanfront, the annual Stars & Stripes Explosion will showcase musical tributes to the Motown era and rock legends Elton John, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. The evening will be highlighted by fireworks illuminating over the Atlantic Ocean. Families have gathered for years at Mount Trashmore Park to celebrate Independence Day and the tradition will continue this year with a full program of family fun including free children’s activities, games and inflatables, live music, and a fireworks show by Zambelli. A neighborhood boat parade in the southern Virginia Beach community of Sandbridge Beach will be followed by a fireworks display over Mill Pond.
As the second largest revenue generator for Virginia Beach, tourism creates jobs and generates economic impact. In 2012, tourism revenue for Virginia Beach reached $1.28 billion and local tourism-supported jobs equaled 12,025. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city.
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.visitvirginiabeach.com)
Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at twitter.com/VisitVaBch, Instagram at instagram.com/visitvabeach, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachVA and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.