Where to Catch July Fourth Fireworks Near Norfolk Crossing: Celebrate Freedom Concert at Chesapeake City Park

July 2, 2015 2:45 pm

If you arrive at Chesapeake City Park around 9:15 p.m. this Friday, July 3, you're sure to encounter countless Americans with their eyes turned toward the sky. The reason? The 90-acre park will host a spectacular fireworks show, the capstone event of Celebrate Freedom, a festival in honor of our nation's birthday.

Before the fireworks light up the night sky, however, event-goers will take in the patriotic tunes of the U.S. Army TRADOC Command Band during a special concert performance at 7:45 p.m. And before that, there's family fun to be had, from face painting to bounce houses. If you and your brood arrive hungry, there'll be plenty of concessions for sale from the festival's on-site food trucks. Don't forget your picnic blankets and lawn chairs!

Celebrate Freedom is free to attend. On-site parking costs $5 and opens at 5 p.m. See you there, Norfolk Crossing!

Celebrate Freedom Concert and Fireworks 2015
5 p.m. Fri., July 3
Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
www.cityofchesapeake.net/Government/City-Departments/Departments/parks-recreation-tourism/events/special_events/CelebrateFreedom.htm

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What to Do This Weekend Near Norfolk Crossing: Explore the Culture and Cuisine of Louisiana During the 26th Annual Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival

June 18, 2015 2:30 pm

The countdown is officially on for the Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, returning for its 26th season tomorrow, Friday, June 19! A celebration of the cuisines and culture of New Orleans, this three-day event promises to please the palate with Creole and Cajun fare while also offering live music, a marketplace featuring Gulf Coast artists and groceries, and Bayou-themed activities.

Of course, the real draw here is the food, so if you're a fan of gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, or po'boys, be sure to arrive hungry. You'll even be able to introduce your palate to alligator sausage and turtle soup! And did we mention that the festival will feature 8,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish? Be sure to conclude your visit with a 30-minute cruise on the Carrie B, a replica of a 19th-century Mississippi paddle wheeler!

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. Arrive between noon and 4 p.m. on opening day (Friday) to score complimentary admission. Tickets can be purchased online.

Hope to see you there, Norfolk Crossing!

2015 Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival
June 19 through June 21
Town Point Park
Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
festevents.org/events/2015-season-events/bayou-boogaloo-cajun-festival

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Run or Stroll for a Good Cause at the 10th Annual RunWalk for the Kids near Norfolk Crossing

June 12, 2015 3:00 pm

The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) doesn't just serve children; it takes care of entire families. And when you stroll, jog, or run at the 10th Annual RunWalk for the Kids, taking place not far from Norfolk Crossing, you'll be part of what makes this important local institution possible. For every race fee paid, the CHKD receives funding.

There's an activity for everyone at the RunWalk, as its name suggests. If you're not much of a runner or you have the kids along, take the 2 Mile Walk around Norfolk. You can also go for a quick jaunt, just a 1 Mile Fun Run. But if you have some time to train and you'd like to challenge yourself, join fellow joggers in the 8k Run, which measures about five miles long. Afterwards, sip brews from Smartmouth and O'Connor, refuel on food provided by Yorgo's and California Pizza Kitchen, and enjoy all types of family entertainment.

10th Annual RunWalk for the Kids
Town Point Park
6:30 a.m. June 13. 2015
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 668-7098
www.runwalkforthekids.org
hamptonroads.com/events#/event/3851339-10th-annual-runwalk-for-the-kids

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