Virginia Beach Neptune Festival: We Are VBStrong
Boardwalk Weekend Events Honor Victims & Heroes of the May 31 Tragedy
Sept 25, 2019
Virginia Beach In remembrance and honor of those affected by the tragedy in Virginia Beach on May 31, 2019, the Neptune Festival invites visitors to the 46th Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend (September 27-29) to join in grieving for the lives lost and celebrating the heroism exhibited by our first responders.
WE ARE VBSTRONG SANDSCULPTURE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27—SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Outside Neptune’s Land of Sand, 7th Street on the Beach
A special sandsculpture will be displayed to honor the victims and pay homage to the first responders. It will be visible and accessible from the boardwalk outside the International Sandsculpting Championship tent.
VBSTRONG RECOGNITION & COMMEMORATION CEREMONY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | 12:30PM-1:30PM
31st Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Boardwalk Weekend visitors are invited to join the Neptune Festival in recognizing the heroism that Virginia Beach’s first responders exhibit every day and commemorate the lives lost in the May 31, 2019 tragedy. This event is free and open to the public. Those to be honored include the Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services, Virginia Beach Police Detectives Bureau and their families, along with the families of the victims of the tragedy. Those to be remembered include LaQuita C. Brown, Ryan Keith Cox, Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Lou Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Joshua O. Hardy, Michelle “Missy” Langer, Richard H. Nettleton, Katherine A. Lusich Nixon, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Herbert “Bert” Snelling, and Robert “Bobby” Williams.
CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 | 10AM-8PM
7th Street on the Beach, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
All City of Virginia Beach employees (plus one guest, and free for children under 12) are invited to experience the International Sandsculpting Championship tent free of charge by showing their City Employee ID.
About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival
The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate tens of millions of dollars in the local economy and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. The economic impact to the area of its flagship event alone, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, was $23.8M in 2018. The annual weekend event is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2019’s Boardwalk Weekend is September 27th through 29th. Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit NeptuneFestival.com.