Ten days and counting to South Norfolk’s biggest day of the year, the Fourth of July, and organizers and residents are scurrying to ensure they are ready to host Chesapeake’s only Independence Day Parade and Picnic in the Park!

The 2019 event is presented by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and hosted jointly by the South Norfolk Civic League and Chesapeake Park, Recreation and Tourism.

Sometime during your visit to South Norfolk, we invite you to drive around and notice the extra special care and creativity many owners have given to their homes and yards in preparation of the 4th of July Home Decorating Contest.

We LOVE a parade!

South Norfolk’s annual Fourth of July Parade is truly an experience for every American! Set in the 1900s community of Historic South Norfolk, the old-fashioned, flag-waving homespun fun begins with a parade at 10 a.m.

Be sure to arrive early to find the perfect spot to park and enjoy the parade that winds along 100-year-old streets and architecture of yesteryear, lined with hundreds of patriots, cheering for America’s Freedom.

About 3,000 event hand fans will be distributed free along the parade route, thanks to our event and hand fan sponsors! Each fan has a special code on the back that, when scanned with your phone, links to the events Program & Sponsor page.

Parade Route

And then, a PARTY in the park!

After the parade, the crowd will flow from the streets into the beautiful Lakeside Park at 1441 Bainbridge Blvd. in South Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia.

There will be a short opening ceremony after the parade, and then the music and activities will begin around noon.

The Tidewater Drive Band is the featured band for the day, and they will play high energy Classic Rock, Top 40, and Country until 3 p.m.

As the band plays, feel free to wander the beautiful park acreage or plant your chairs and blanket in a cool spot to watch the fun teeming around you.

The 2019 Fourth of July event in South Norfolk
is presented by

EVENT PROGRAM – Thursday, July 4, 2019

6-9 a.m.Vendor SetupArrive early, unload,
setup and move
vehicles out.
9-10 a.m.Parade StagingVincinity of
1101 Chesapeake Ave.
10-11 a.m.ParadeSee parade map for
11 – noonOpening CeremonyPrayer, Pledge of
Allegiance, Dedication
noon-3 p.m. Tidewater Drive
Band plays top 40,
rock & oldies
On the stage
in the park
noon – 3 p.m.Food trucks, activities and funVisit the South Norfolk Civic League Tent
for drawings

Vendors to visit

Please visit these vendors of food, handmade goods and retail items. Some are giving away valuable items in raffles:

South Norfolk Civic League
Paparazzi Accessories – Renee Sears-Joyce
Magnolia and Vine – Darlene McGriff
Trades of Hope – Loria Weidner
April’s Garden Beaded Flowers
Scentsy Independent Consultant – Ginny Frechette
LuLaRoe Morgan Taylor Mobile Boutique
Amy Wood’s Thirty-One
AAAA Self Storage & Moving
Gateway Community Church
Change the Date Chesapeake, LLC
Cub Scout Pack 421 & Super Heroes
Youth Virginia Regiment (Young Revolutionary War Reenators)
South Norfolk Public Library
Sweet Cypress
The Learning Garden Preschool and Childcare of Chesapeake Ave.
Chesapeake Marine Corps League
Young Living Essential Oils – Malia Huddle

Food Vendors

Chick-fil-A Greenbrier Mall
Pelicans Snoballs Sono
Klassic Doughnuts
Southside BBQ
Mike’s Italian Ices
South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch – Dogs & Burgers
South Norfolk Civic League – Ice Cold Watermelon

Activities in the Park

  • Kindness Rocks with Cindy Kipper of South Norfolk Rocks
  • 50-50 Raffle – South Norfolk Civic League (SNCL) Tent
  • The South Norfolk Deaf & Hard of Hearing Neighbors Group will have info at the SNCL tent for gatherings and groups. Look for the “We (try to) Speak ASL” sign and come say hello!
  • Raffles for bikes (2) – SNCL Tent
  • Petting Zoo
  • Ident-a-Kid
  • Face Painting
  • Paddle boats
  • Magician
  • 45-foot replica of the USS Alabama
  • Meet & Greet the Oscar Smith High School Football team
  • Youth Virginia Regiment, Revolutionary War reenactors’ camp, near Vet’s memorial at north end of park off Holly
  • Visit the South Norfolk Memorial Library’s booth
  • Get some watermelon at the SNCL tent! $1 / slice

Help us thank our sponsors…

Please note: Sponsorships are measures of support from our community and should not be misconstrued as political endorsements by event organizers or sponsors.

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Presenting Sponsor

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Presenting Sponsor

South Norfolk Jordan Bridge
South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Hand Fan Front Sponsor

Fraternal Order of the Eagles #795
South Norfolk Eagles Club

South Norfolk Ruritans
South Norfolk Ruritan Club

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Robert Twine & the Jack  Twine Scholarship Foundation

Pallett Heating & Cooling

Hackworth Graphics, Printing, Technology

AAAA Self Storage

Creekmore Hardware
Creekmore Hardware

Debbie Ritter, Council Member

Shekinah Kingdom Church

Healthy Chesapeake

Jeff Staples for Virginia State Senate

Buffalow Family & Friends


Shannon Kane for Delegate


SoNo Auto Sales
SoNo Auto Sales

One Owner Auto Sales
One Owner Auto Sales

Frank's Pizza
Frank’s Pizza

QuickT's Custom Screen Printingng
QuickT’s Custom Screen Printing


Melody & Co. Entertainment
Melody & Co. Entertainment

Young Living Essential Oils
Young Living Oils – Allyson Frazier

Authority Pest Control
Authority Pest Control – Charles Brockley

Tidewater Sew-Vac
Tidewater Sew-Vac

MRO Computers
MRO Computers

Chesapeake Virginia Farmers' Market
Chesapeake Virginia Farmers’ Market

JR Enterprises, LLC

Victoria Profit for School Board


Woods Financial

The Red Group Cleaning Services
Red Group, Inc.

The Learning Garden
The Learning Garden

Park Auto Repair
Park Auto Repair

Cub Scout Pack #862
Cub Scout Pack 862

Gateway Community Church
Gateway Community Church

Oscar Smith Alumni

Woman’s Club of South Norfolk

Hampton Roads Green Party
Hampton Roads Green Party

Robin Holliday Real Estate

Williams Financial Services

Henpecked Studios

Pelican’s SnoBalls of South Norfolk

Matt Hamel
Matt Hamel for City Council

Southside BBQ

Oscar Smith Alumni

Fitchett -Mann Funeral Services
Fitchett-Mann Funeral Services

Historic South Norfolk

South Norfolk Business Directory