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Relive an old-fashioned Fourth of July or share the experience with loved ones for the first time at South Norfolk’s 2018 Fourth of July Parade and Picnic in the Park on July 4.

Parade route

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THE PARADE – 10-11 a.m
The parade, directed by Brenda Johnson, will begin at 10 a.m. July 4. Bishop Kim Brown, senior pastor of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, will be the Grand Marshall.

Vicki Josue, South Norfolk Civic League president, South Norfolk Revitalization commissioner, South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch secretary and City of Chesapeake Official Sign Sweeper, will be the Honorary Grand Marshall.

This year marks Johnson’s 25th year to manage the city’s only Fourth of July Parade. She and her 10-member parade team will direct about a hundred units in this patriotic parade with a military color guard, musicians, floats, novelty and antique cars, fire engines, police cars and the Oscar Smith High School Marching Band.

The parade route begins at 1101 Chesapeake Avenue and runs south to Chesapeake Drive. The parade continues from Chesapeake Drive to Orville Avenue and continues from Orville Avenue to Bainbridge Boulevard. From Bainbridge Boulevard the parade continues to Holly Avenue; and from Holly Avenue, the parade moves east and stops at the entrance of Lakeside Park on Holly.

Parade-goers should arrive and park before 9 a.m. when the roads close for the parade. Event vendors also need to be in the park sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Vendors must be in place and vehicles removed from the park prior to roads closing at 9 a.m.

Bring chairs, water, umbrellas and sunscreen. Coolers are allowed, however alcohol is prohibited. The parade usually lasts about an hour. The celebration in the park begins immediately following the parade and continues until 3 p.m.

“We would like to thank all of the Chesapeake City Departments that work with us to make the parade a success,” Johnson said.

PICNIC IN THE PARK – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
LAKESIDE PARK – 1441 Bainbridge Blvd.
After the parade, thousands will pour into Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Blvd., many with chairs, to enjoy music, food, and fun with neighbors and friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 9-piece J and the Band will play a mix of top-40, classic rock, beach, Motown, oldies and other favorites at Lakeside Park, 1441 Bainbridge Blvd., from about 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

After a quick presentation (National Anthem, prayer, scholarship awards, and event announcements),the 9-piece J and the Band will play a mix of top-40, classic rock, beach, Motown, oldies and other favorites from about 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is seating for about 200 directly in front of the stage, but attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets and settle anywhere in the park during the event.

As the music wafts about the beautiful and historic 11-acre park, patriots can celebrate our nation’s independence with 18 flavors of cotton candy from the Sugar Shack, sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A, hamburgers and hotdogs from the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch, barbecue by Joe Josue, fried fish from Fish on the Fly, snow cones from Pelican’s SnoBalls, goodies from Heavenly Kettle Corn, and sweet things from Sweetopia.

Picnic baskets and coolers are allowed in the park, but alcohol is prohibited.

Aside from the lively tunes and delicious foods, there will be plenty of good, wholesome, free and low-cost activities for everyone.

Throw pies at Chesapeake’s Finest police officers, create ID packets for the kids and seniors, get your face painted or hear a story. Check out the arts and crafts. Meet some local businesses and get more information from some great local community groups. For Oscar Smith High School football fans, the players will manage the paddleboats, available for $2 per ride, and they’ll be giving autographs and selling jerseys, too.

Visit the South Norfolk Civic League’s tent for tickets to win one of four bikes (two kids’ bikes and two beach cruisers) from Creekmore Hardware or the 50-50 Raffle in which winners will receive cash or prizes. The civic league is also giving away 2,500 hand fans featuring a keepsake photo and a list of sponsors.

If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast, or even if you aren’t, don’t miss the eclectic lineup of vendors that the South Norfolk Civic League has for assembled for this event.

Vendors include representatives from Pampered Chef, Luluroe, Thirty-one and Paparazzi. Artists BJ Abradam, Stefanie Foley, Margaret Garner, Stephanie Forbes, Jamie Wilson, April Spencer and Leah Miller will be there, and you can shop for handcrafted jewelry, hair bows, bags, custom character towels and gifts, beaded flowers, burned wood art and other assorted works. Malia Huddle will be there with a line of essential oils. Girl Scout Troop #51 will be selling handmade dog toys and entertaining people with their songs.

Handicapped parking is available at the eastern edge of Lakewood Park. The restrooms will be there, too.

Bleachers will be available in the park near the corner of Bainbridge Boulevard and Byrd Avenue. Seating is limited. Please arrive early for a spot. There are paved walkways that weave conveniently throughout the park for those with limited mobility.

Well-behaved pets on 6-foot leashes are welcome. Pet owners must control and pick up after their pets.

South Norfolk, once a city unto itself, is now a borough of Chesapeake with a National Landmark Historic District within it.
Established as a town in 1921, the community is filled with historic architecture of the late 1800s and early 1900s, crowned with beautifully mature trees lining painfully narrow old streets.

Many of the historic homes in South Norfolk will be decorated in red, white and blue for a small town home decorating contest, also managed by Brenda Johnson. Winners will receive gift baskets and will be announced in the park after the parade.

In 1963, the city of South Norfolk merged with the area then known as Norfolk County to become the new City of Chesapeake. As many locals like to say, “South Norfolk is where the story of Chesapeake began.”

“We hope everyone will come and enjoy the patriotism and fun in South Norfolk this year on the 4th of July,” said Vicki Josue, South Norfolk Civic League president. “It’s South Norfolk’s biggest day, when we get to share our beautiful historic community with the whole city!”

This annual event is produced jointly by the South Norfolk Civic League and the City of Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

For the full event program, please visit the event program page on the South Norfolk Civic League’s website.

Please help us thank the event sponsors

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles #795

Creekmore Hardware

Creekmore Hardware

Robert Twine & The Jack Twine Scholarship Foundation

South Norfolk Ruritans

South Norfolk Ruritan Club

Pallett Heating & Cooling

Christopher H. Falk, Esq.

Jim O’Sullivan, Sheriff

Hackworth Graphics, Printing, Technology

South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

AAAA Self Storage



Proceeds from the event are used to support local groups and community programs.

For more information, please email

SOUTH NORFOLK RESIDENTS: The 4th of July Home Decorating contest will be judged July 3rd after 4 p.m. Waste pickup for the week will be on Friday, July 6, not on Thursday as usual.

2500 Hand Fans will be given away July 4th.

2500 Hand Fans, a gift from the Hand Fan Sponsors, will be given away along the parade route and in the park on July 4th.

Thank YOUR 2018 Hand Fan Sponsors FOR KEEPING YOU COOL!

(Please click sponsors for more information)

Christopher H. Falk, Esq.
Sono Auto Sales
Norfolk & Portsmouth Beltline Railroad Co.
Koffee Klubbers – Barbara – 2704 Deerbrook Ct. 23323
Park Auto Repair
Ms. Angela Strubbe
QuickT’s Custom Screen Printing
Pelican’s SnoBalls
Anchored Feather Boutique
Oscar Smith Alumni
South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch
GFWC Woman’s Club of South Norfolk
Newman Family Health Mart
City Council Member Debbie Ritter
Pallett Heating & Cooling
Frank’s Pizza
Fitchett-Mann Funeral Services, Inc.
Southside Florist
CBD Hemp Oil Products
Melody & Co.
Williams Financial Services
Cub Scout Pack No. 421 – call Donna 543-6115
Robin Holliday, Real Estate Professional
Buffalow Family and Friends
Henpecked Studios
Lawrence Pharmacy
Gateway Commuity Church
South Norfok Memorial Library