Chesapeake, Virginia offers a plethora of exciting activities and events to celebrate Independence Day in style. From dazzling fireworks displays to July 4th patriotic parades, Chesapeake is a haven for all those seeking an unforgettable weekend of fun. Explore the top ways to celebrate the 4th of July holiday in Chesapeake, VA.

Celebrate Freedom Concert and Fireworks

Monday, July 3, 2024 at Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320

No Independence Day celebration is complete without a mesmerizing fireworks display setting the night sky ablaze with brilliant colors. Head to Chesapeake City Park for the annual Celebrate Freedom event on July 3rd. Featuring live music, food vendors, and an awe-inspiring fireworks show. The event is free to the public. $5 on-site Parking Fee. Bring your own chairs or blanket. (Tents, feather flags, and oversized umbrellas are not permitted!)


(Times are approximate.)

  • 4 p.m.: Paid Parking Opens ($5)
  • 6 p.m.: Event Gates Open
  • 7 p.m.: Local Entertainment and Activites
  • 8:30 p.m.: U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks (approximate time)


Attend the South Norfolk July 4th Parade

July 4, 2024 at Lakeside Park

Watch as the streets come alive at the South Norfolk July 4th Parade. Expect up to 100 floats, marching bands, dance groups, cars, and community organizations all proudly showcasing their American spirit. Grab a spot along the parade route, bring your lawn chairs, and wave your flags as the procession winds through the heart of Chesapeake's historic South Norfolk section

Stick around after the parade for Picnic in the Park. Stop by Lakeside Park for food, drinks, live music, entertainment, crafts, contests, children's activities, and more. 

Explore History

Join the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Museum on July 4th to celebrate America's Independence. Bring the whole family for a day filled with children's crafts, encampments, and demonstrations from the Youth Virginia Regiment, Brethren of the Coast, and The Itenerant Band. Talk to reenactors and colonial sailors and learn more about the constitution and what it means today and much more. Our town town crier will read the Declaration of Independence at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Admission required.

Explore the Outdoors

Chesapeake's natural beauty is an invitation to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic basket head to Northwest River Park, a sprawling green space that offers walking trails, a serene lake to explore via paddle boat or kayak, available to rent. Play a game of frisbee, or simply relax under the shade of towering trees.

Indulge in Local Flavors

No celebration is complete without savoring the local culinary delights. Chesapeake boasts a thriving food scene, offering a variety of options for every palate. Feast on fresh seafood, trying regional favorites like crab cakes or she-crab soup, and sample craft beers from local breweries.