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Old 06-22-2009, 11:17 AM
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Where in the Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA area is a good place to watch Fireworks by boat??
What ramp would you put in at and how late do they stay open?
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:01 PM
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There is Gravelly Point, but it is sure to be busy that day.



Directions to Gravelly Point Park, VA:
From Baltimore:
Take Rt 95 South to Washington Beltway Rt 495 West towards Silver Spring, MD. Go about 10 or so miles to Exit 14 which is the George Washington Memorial Parkway, toward Reagan National Airport. Its the exit right after you cross over the Potomac River on the American Legion Bridge. Follow the George Wash Mem Pkwy all the way to National Airport - about 10 miles. Just before you get to the airport, .5 miles, you see the pitches on the left side of the highway. Go into airport and turn around. Once you are back on the Geo Wash Mem Pkwy again, Gravelly Point Park is your first right...follow into parking lot....total trip about 57 miles.
From Southern Maryland:
Take the Wilson Bridge into Virginia. Exit onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway towards Reagan National Airport. Go past Reagan National Airport. Gravelly Point Park is your first right...follow into parking lot.
From Washington, D.C.:
Take the 14teenth Street bridge (I-395 South) into Virginia. Exit onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway, toward Reagan National Airport. Follow the George Wash Mem Pkwy all the way to National Airport. Just before you get to the airport, .5 miles, you see the pitches on the left side of the highway. Go into airport and turn around. Once you are back on the Geo Wash Mem Pkwy again, Gravelly Point Park is your first right...follow into parking lot.
From Virginia:
From the Beltway (495) take I-395 North to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, toward Reagan National Airport. Follow the George Wash Mem Pkwy all the way to National Airport. Just before you get to the airport, .5 miles, you see the pitches on the left side of the highway. Go into airport and turn around. Once you are back on the Geo Wash Mem Pkwy again, Gravelly Point Park is your first right...follow into parking lot.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:00 AM
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I think the previous poster mistook "Chesapeake" with "Chesapeake Bay". Since you're looking at Southeast Virginia - I think Virginia Beach has fireworks off of the water on their side. Downtown Norfolk will be a really really big one this year as Harborfest, SailFest (big sail boats in town), and 4th of July are all there that week. Most people who go to Norfolk will anchor at Hospital Point where the view is stunning. Be prepared for ALOT of boats there (for any of those events) as it'll be a zoo this year with both events at the same time.

Newport News usually runs one off of the James River but nowhere near the size of downtown Norfolk. And of course Yorktown on the York RIver is a decent sized fireworks show as well.

If you do go, be prepared with a lot of fenders and heed USCG and CGAux working the Elizabeth River. Also, after the show a lot of people seem to travel without lights, so be aware of that.


No idea on drop in points as I'm slipped and don't drop in.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tedhrs View Post
Where in the Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA area is a good place to watch Fireworks by boat??
What ramp would you put in at and how late do they stay open?
He, I don't know where you close to so I will suggest a couple of ramps. All of the ramps in the area will be busy so be prepared. There is a ramp on the South Norfolk side of The Elizabeth River near the now closed Jordan Bridge VA Rt 337. You could also launch at Portsmouth City Park or at The Great Bridge Locks ramp. I will be there and will probably launch at The Jordan Bridge ramp. The civilian fleet mooring area will be off Hospital Point on the Portsmouth side of the river in Crawford Bay. I will be there on Friday and Saturday. Look for me in the boat in the picture below with a black bimini top.There is a 5 knot speed limit in the harbor so keep it off plane.

BTW, This is also Harborfest Weekend this year so there will be a lot of boats in the water. Be careful. Have fun.


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Old 06-24-2009, 03:39 AM
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thanks for the info guys.

I looked at the city ramp right there at the Jordan, that would be a heck of a lot closer than putting in at Centerville bridge and driving it up the intercoastal.

I am just not sure about coming back at night though. I can navigate the channels in the dark, but, not so sure bout the rivers that don't have channel markers.
I would definately be getting one of those plug in handheld spotlights if i do decide to go out to see them.
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If you put over at Centerville you will have to wait for the locks. That is very time consuming. The water in the harbor is lit up well at night. I use a hand held spot light when I travel away from the harbor at night. Watch out for the crab pots. If you launch at Jordan Bridge I would get there early and expect to wait in line to load and un-load. I will be launching there myself since I am staying with some friends in South Norfolk. If its too crowded than I will head over to Portsmouth City Park.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:05 PM
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What is the latest time you can be out there at one? I'm thinking of launching from one but am scared they'd be locked up when i pull in to leave.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:35 PM
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I watched the Fireworks at Raystown Lake in PA.

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