Professional Beach Volleyball and Fireworks Coming to Rocketts Landing Riverfront

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Posted by Brandon Jarvis

Richmond, VA (June 14, 2018) — Richmond’s historic east-end riverfront delivers the perfect patriotic stage for Rocketts Red Glare, an inaugural 3-day festival featuring a pro beach volleyball tournament and culminating with a 4th of July fireworks spectacular on the banks of the James River.

This FREE, family-friendly event, hosted at Rocketts Landing, will include food, exhibitors, craft beer & spirits, and play host to the Rocketts Red Glare EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championship.

Rocketts Red Glare, July 2nd – 4th, is being produced locally in partnership with City of Richmond,Richmond Region Tourism, and the 288 Group.

“We are thrilled to host the EVP Tour and excited to help bring Rocketts Red Glare to life. What a great way to enjoy the July 4th holiday on RVA’s prime riverfront destination,” said Brian Edmonds, 288 Group Principal. “Rocketts Red Glare will deliver a unique experience and will offer activities and fun for the whole family.”

The event kicks off on Monday, July 2. This day is geared for the Richmond food and beverage service industry, titled “Restaurant RiVAlry,” featuring friendly competitions including an obstacle course, cocktail relay race, costume contest, and a keg toss. Anyone from the local service industry is invited to participate, build a team and register online.

Tuesday, July 3rd is opening day for the 24-team Rocketts Red Glare EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championship. The public is welcome to come cheer on the afternoon action, and evening activities will show appreciation for the residential and business communities at Rocketts Landing.

On Wednesday July 4th, volleyball competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. with teams competing throughout the day. The event finals, for both the Men’s and Women’s divisions, will be played at 7:00 PM.

There will be a family-friendly area (no alcohol) with children’s activities such as a gigantic sandbox and Golfzilla. The Virginia Lottery Game ON! section will feature riverfront games designed for active adults with craft beer and local spirits available. A designated “VIP” section is offered for guests who desire a premium birds-eye view of the volleyball action and prime fireworks watching. VIP spectator experience tickets are limited and available for purchase through the event’s website.

The Rocketts Red Glare fireworks show is set for 9PM and will conclude the festival with nearly 15 minutes of entertainment from locally owned Dominion Fireworks.

“We are excited to see Rocketts Red Glare at Rocketts Landing, RVA’s premiere riverfront community. We’re thrilled to host pro beach volleyball and look forward to a wonderful summer riverside event,” said Richard Souter, Rocketts Landing Development.

This will be the first pro beach volleyball tournament hosted by the City of Richmond. Richmond Volleyball Club and the Capital Trail Foundation are beneficiaries.

“The EVP Tour is very excited about this year’s Rocketts Red Glare EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championship,” said Ross Balling, EVP Tour National Commissioner. “Along with our other great tour stops, we’re ready to bring a signature event to Richmond, VA. With great local support from the Richmond Volleyball Club, we expect 2-person teams from California, Florida and the Midwest to experience amazing volleyball action while enjoying the 4th of July festivities. We hope folks will join us for a ‘Day at the Beach.’”

Leading travel authority Lonely Planet recently named Richmond a top 10 Best in the U.S. destination to visit in 2018, and specifically cited the James River and our ‘urban adventure zone’ as a big part of why Richmond was singled out. With the EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championships, Richmond will be able to add Beach Volleyball to its riverfront activities.

“The combination of riverfront volleyball and fireworks will make Rocketts Red Glare a spectacular July 4th experience for athletes and fans.” Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism.

What to know

• DATES: Monday, July 2nd – Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, rain or shine!

• LOCATION: Rocketts Landing (

• FREE event, open to public, to include family and social activities, vendors, music, foodtrucks, craft beer offerings, and pro beach volleyball championships, hosted by EVP Tour

• Rocketts Red Glare will culminate in riverfront fireworks on evening of July 4th @ 9 PM

• Rocketts Red Glare EVP Tour Beach Volleyball Championship will feature 24
professional two-person teams

• Finals and signature matches will be played at Rocketts Landing

• Preliminary and early round competition hosted at the newly open Glover Park

• Local production support delivered by: City of Richmond, Richmond Region Tourism, 288
Group, and Richmond Volleyball Club

• Outside coolers and beverages are not permitted

• Visit for more information and FAQs regarding parking and

• Follow us on our Facebook event page for updated information, prizes and much more!

For more information on Rocketts Red Glare, visit

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