33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks: Ooh and Aah Along the Waterfront

July 1, 2015 2:45 pm

There's perhaps no better way to pay homage to your country than by enjoying a fireworks display on Independence Day. In Norfolk, locals have been doing just that for more than three decades. That's thanks to the 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks, now in its 33rd year. It unfolds at Town Point Park, which is just a stone's throw away from Northwest, so you shouldn't have a difficult time loading up the family and getting them there—whether you go by car, Tide Lightrail, or water taxi.

Once you arrive, the real fun begins. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will be setting the soundtrack for most of the evening, so grab some grub and enjoy the tunes. Burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, and seafood come from the grill, while sides such as corn on the cob and watermelon make for a sweet complement to your meal. Bring along a blanket or chairs so that you're ready to revel in the awe-inspiring fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

33rd Annual 4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks
Town Point Park
5 to 10 p.m. July 4
Norfolk VA 23510
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Unleash Your Inner Patriot at the Stars and Stripes Explosion Festival, not far from Northwest

July 1, 2015 2:35 pm

Do you love Billy Joel? How about Motown? Are your kids fans of sleight of hand? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should probably pencil in the Stars and Stripes Explosion for the evening of July 4th. This Virginia Beach festival rings in Independence Day not far from Northwest with a slate of eclectic performers and, of course, a breathtaking fireworks display.

The free concerts are held all across the city at stages overlooking the water. They feature various performers, from a Billy Joel tribute band to local musicians playing patriotic songs. There will even be a magical show by Krendi, an illusionist who has fans all over the globe. So enjoy one of the performances with your family or friends, and then head to the Beach at 20th Street. That's where the crowning jewel of the day, a fireworks show, will unfold at 9:30 p.m.

Stars and Stripes Explosion
Various Locations
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4
Virginia Beach, VA
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Bring a Big Appetite to the Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, Returning for Its 26th Season Near Northwest on June 19

June 12, 2015 3:01 pm

Seeking a new and out-of-the-ordinary way to celebrate Father's Day this year? Consider attending The Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, which will take place over Father's Day weekend at Town Point Park, not far from Northwest!

During this three-day-long event, downtown Norfolk will bustle with the sights, sounds, and smells of New Orleans. You'll be able to dance to live music from regional and international performers, then take a lap around the arts marketplace and shop for handmade arts and crafts. Afterward, join the kids for a paddle boat ride, have your portrait sketched by a caricature artist, then refuel with some authentic Cajun cuisine. Everything from po'boys to etouffee will be on offer, along with nearly four tons of Louisiana crawfish!

With tickets available for advance purchase online, the Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival takes place noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 19; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 20; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21. If you arrive between noon and 4 p.m. on opening day, you'll get in for free!

2015 Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival
June 19 through June 21
Town Point Park
Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
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