Heavy Traffic Expected for July 4th Holiday…. Plan for It

Monday, July 01, 2019

An estimated 100,000 people visit the Oceanfront during the holiday weekend. To facilitate traffic and accommodate the larger-than-normal crowds entering the Resort Area for the 4th of July and the Stars and Stripes Explosion, traffic on I-264 eastbound may be diverted at Parks Avenue and redirected westbound on I-264 beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 until 1 a.m., on Friday, July 5, or until traffic is flowing safely.

During this traffic diversion, the eastbound exit for South Birdneck Road and the westbound exit for First Colonial Road may be closed. Other routes into the Resort Area will remain open: General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach Boulevard, Laskin Road and Shore Drive.

Traffic near Mount Trashmore along Independence Boulevard, Edwin Drive and South Boulevard will also be heavy, due to the annual July 4th Celebration and fireworks show.

The City has partnered with WAZE  to provide real-time traffic updates. Download the WAZE app for free from Google Play or the Apple Store. 

Special event parking will be $10, both at the Mount Trashmore lots and at municipal lots and garages in the Resort Area.

Police will be monitoring traffic to ensure emergency vehicles can quickly and safely respond to calls for service.


To help make your visit more enjoyable, check out our "Know Before You Go" tips regarding how to reach the beach, information on trolleys, parking, location of public restrooms and more, or contact the Visitor Information Center at (757) 385-7873 (SURF).

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