Seems like South Norfolk is buzzing with activity today with folks and super heroes alike, getting ready for the borough’s annual Fourth of July festivities. Here’s a brief rundown:
HOME DECORATING CONTEST
The fun begins July 3rd with the Home Decorating Contest, managed by Brenda Johnson. Folks along the parade route and within the historic district who decorate their homes by 2 p.m. July 3 for the Fourth of July will be considered to win one of several prize baskets. Winners are selected by a special committee and announced in the park after the parade on Independence Day.
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
The Fourth of July Parade, also under the direction of Brenda Johnson, will begin at 1101 Chesapeake Avenue at 10 a.m. July 4. Visitors are urged to arrive and park before the roads close at 9 a.m. The parade, which typically features 75-100 units, usually lasts about an hour. The parade route is Chesapeake Avenue to Chesapeake Drive; Chesapeake Drive to Orville Ave.; Orville Avenue to Bainbridge Boulevard; Bainbridge Boulevard to Holly; and Holly to the entrance of Lakeside Park. As a special treat, watch for Spiderman and Captain America in the group. Oscar Smith High School Marching Band will make a rare summer appearance in this year’s parade.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
After the parade (about 11 a.m.), there will be a short opening ceremony in the park. South Norfolk’s own Erin Cullen Roberts will sing the national anthem and South Norfolk’s Girl Scout Troop 497 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Dignitaries will be recognized, scholarships will be awarded and home decorating contest winners will be announced. When all the formalities are complete, J and The Band will take the stage for a few sets of rock-n-roll, honky-tonk, country and top 40 songs.
Food and drinks will be available and plentiful at crowd-pleasing prices from the event vendors, or, if you absolutely must, you can bring your own food, however alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on 5-foot leashes, attached to at least one responsible human who must clean up after them.
Food vendors will include Chick-fil-A, South Norfolk Ruritans, Soul Phylicious, Pelicans SnoBalls, Jerry’s Restaurant, Heavenly Kettle Corn, Frog ‘N Anchor, and Kona Ice.
Stuff to do
First, you’ll want to keep a sharp eye peeled for a glimpse of Spiderman and Captain America, who will be roving in the park after the parade. Other activities will include Ident-a-kid, a balloon artist, a magician, face painters, and the teeny tiny farm petting zoo. There will be a 50-50 raffle and t-shirt sales from the civic league, and drawings for one men’s bike and one women’s bike from Creekmore Hardware. There will be another drawing for one boys’ and one girls’ bike. Sadly, due to untameable algae in the lake, there will be no paddleboats this year.
If art and shopping is your heart’s desire, you will enjoy craft tents featuring Lilla Rose, Scentable Alternatives,
and Lularoe. For handmade creations, be sure to visit artists BJ Abadam, Stefanie Foley and Jan Thomas. Suz and Dan Loonam, publishers of HistoricSouthNorfolk.com, will be there as Pics2Wear, the “I <heart> South Norfolk” pendant people.
There is handicapped parking outside the east side to the park, on the south side of the school.
The event is scheduled to last until 4 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
Event organizers urge everyone to patronize the sponsors who make this event possible.
Thank you to the sponsors!
AAAA Self Storage
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
City of Chesapeake
Fraternal Order of Eagles #795
Norfolk Portsmouth Beltline Railroad
Pallet Heating and Cooling
South Norfolk Moose Lodge #464
South Norfolk Ruritans