2023 July 1st Fireworks : Donations Needed!

If you love the fireworks and are grateful to have such a beautiful show right in our neighborhood but didn’t get to donate yet, your donation would still be very much appreciated! We are working on the deposit for next year! All monies collected go only toward fireworks!

  1. You can make a donation with a credit card at Cheddar Up: Donate to OPCL Fireworks on Cheddarup.com
  2. You can donate using PayPal: Donate to OPCL Fireworks on PayPal
  3. If you prefer to mail a check, make it out to “OPCL FIREWORKS”
    • OPCL, Fireworks
    • PO Box 55385
    • Virginia Beach, VA 23471

Please consider joining the Ocean Park Civic League! Annual membership is $20 per household. We depend on your support! Go to: opcl.org/aboutopcl/joinopcl/

  • If we don’t raise the money, we don’t have a show.
  • No money comes from general civic league funds.
  • No money comes from City of Virginia Beach.
  • Average amount: $20-$100 per household.
  • No amount too small!

Our shows are spectacular!

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In case of bad weather: If the barge leaves the dock, the fireworks will go off. It is the captain’s call on the barge’s movement. There is the option of waiting a bit or shooting early if there are random storms. If there is something bad enough (wind or rain) that we cancel, then money goes toward next year. Watch the OPCL.org website for updates!! It is too long a process to secure all the needed permission and permits from police, rescue and fire depts to be able to have a rain date.

A Little History about our Ocean Park Fireworks

In the past, Shore Drive residents paid for and shot off individual fireworks along the beaches on the Fourth of July. It was huge fun. While spectacular to watch, it was also unregulated and unsafe.

A few years ago, the Virginia Beach Fire Marshal launched an effort to stop amateur fireworks on the Fourth of July. It succeeded with heavy patrolling, enforcement and penalties—ending personal fireworks on our beaches that year.

The following year, Ocean Park Civic League pulled together a beach show using a pyrotechnic company. The City, satisfied, ended heavy patrolling on the holiday. After a few years, changes in permit and safety requirements, plus the loss of beach, required that the show become a barge show. To offset the cost of fuel and barge rental, some bayfront civic leagues joined forces rather than see fireworks on the Fourth end. A more central location was chosen with Coast Guard approval. The current show is constantly fine-tuned to accommodate the wishes of all neighborhoods. Please know that you support fireworks through donations to the show. Also know that if you don’t let your civic league know you want a fireworks show, it can be voted out each year. Active participation in your community provides events like these for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

This professional show is now shot off a barge in the bay.

Participating communities:
Baylake Pines and Ocean Park including Pelican Dunes, Chesapeake House, Bay Vista, 3356 on the Bay, Aeries on the Bay, Water Oaks, Three Ships Landing.

We hold a permit for a privately funded, community event. We pay for this event through individual donations, so in consideration of the residential communities along the bay that allow us to put this together each year, we never share or promote it to the larger community.

 Photo Credit: Chris Giersch

DISCLAIMER: All donations are accepted under the consideration of current federal, state and local permitting and vendor safety precautions. If there are any unforeseen changes in guidelines, conditions, mandates or rules, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Beach Department of Public Health/Virginia Department of Health, or any cancellations from licensing organizations or event vendors that would require us to postpone this event, it will be rescheduled when appropriate and previous donations will be applied to the rescheduled event. There should be NO expectation of refunds.

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