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South Norfolk’s annual Fourth of July Parade & Picnic in the Park
The Fourth of July celebration is held every July 4th (except when it falls on a Sunday) at Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23324 in the borough of South Norfolk, in the good old U.S. of A.
This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. Some activities require a small fee ($1-2). Proceeds benefit scholarships, community organizations and civic projects in South Norfolk.
It is jointly produced by the South Norfolk Civic League and the City of Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. When the 4th of July occurs on a Sunday, the parade and picnic are held July 3rd.
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Home Decorating Contest
Open to South Norfolk Residents. There will be three prizes awarded along the parade route, and three prizes awarded to a home in the confines of the Historic District. Prizes are awarded and organizers urge residents to decorate their homes by 3 p.m. on the day before the parade.
The PARADE is 10-11 a.m., July 4th unless July 4 is a Sunday, in which case the event will be held on July 3.
The parade route runs from the South Norfolk Baptist Church, 1101 Chesapeake Ave., continues south (right) on Chesapeake Blvd., west (right) on Orville Ave., north (right) on Bainbridge Blvd., continuing past Holly Ave., ending near Poindexter. It will end at approximately 11 a.m. and the Picnic in the Park will begin at that time, ending at 4 p.m.
The parade is directed by Brenda Johnson. It is free to apply and participate in the parade, which features 75-100 units.
Parade staging begins at 8 a.m. near the parade starting point at the South Norfolk Baptist Church, 1101 Chesapeake Ave.
There are typically four staging areas. Parade participants will receive instructions on where to line up for the parade when applications have been received. Parade participants may not throw anything from floats, but they can walk along the side of the float and hand things out to the public.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Arrive and park early for better parking and parade-watching spots. Some streets are closed for the parade, so if you are not parked and in place by 9 a.m., you may not find a spot. Bring chairs, umbrellas, and drinking water. Please be courteous of the residents along the parade and detour routes. Do not litter.
The PICNIC in the PARK, after the parade to 4 p.m.
Music & Entertainment
Immediately following the parade, thousands of folks will pour into Lakeside Park for food, drinks, live music, entertainment, crafts, contests, prizes and children’s activities.
Food & Drink
Food & beverage vendors will offer a selection of goodies for sale including chicken, burgers, hotdogs, flavored ice drinks, and much more! If you would rather bring your own food, that is permitted, however alcohol is not allowed in the park.
Arts & Crafts and more
Arts & Crafts vendors will be there, as will community and business exhibitors.
There is usually a 50-50 drawing and a bike giveaway, too.
This is a partial list of activities scheduled in years past.
- Corn Hole Tournaments
- Arts & Crafts for Kids
- Petting Zoo
- Face Painting
- Caricature Artists (from noon – 2 p.m. only!) Arrive early!
- Paddle boats
- Stilt Walker
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