Demonstrators gather for 4th of July protest at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Demonstrators in Hampton Roads gathered for a 4th of July Black Lives Matter protest at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday night.

Nearly a month ago, over 1,000 people gathered in Virginia Beach in protest to denounce police violence, racism, and the killing of George Floyd.

Organizers from BlackLivesMatter757 announced the event early this week on social media with the hashtag #ShutDownTheOceanFront2.0.

WAVY News 10’s Tamara Scott provided live coverage of the protest.

10:10 p.m. — Protesters ended the march with without any incidents.

9:15 p.m. — About 200 protesters marched near 39th Street and 40th Street.

8:05 p.m. — WAVY News 10’s Tamara Scott went live on Facebook as protestors began the march.

8:00 p.m. — VBPD Bike Unit officers lined the streets in preparation for protest.

7:57 p.m. — Protesters gathered at Rudee Inlet to begin the march.

7:35 p.m. — VBPD blocked off numbered streets at the Oceanfront in preparation for the scheduled BLM protest.

3 p.m. — A “pre-rally” at Mt. Trashmore occurred from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City leaders released a message on Saturday regarding discussions with protest organizers and a plan for the evening to ensure the safety of all in attendance and at the Oceanfront.

A route along Atlantic Avenue was discussed, although it is a non-permit event. There was a follow-up discussion on changing the route, but no further information is available at this time.

The full message can be read here.

Later this week, there are also upcoming demonstrations in Hampton Roads amid social unrest nationwide. The “757 Unity Week BLM757 4-Year Anniversary” is set for July 6 at 8 a.m. until July 12 at 11 p.m. Organizers said each day of the week will be dedicated to a community-driven cause across the seven cities.

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