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Special Event–Fourth at the Fort

July 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 9:45 pm
Fort Monroe
Free Admission


Things to Do at Fort Monroe—A full day of activities

Beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier open at sunrise. Most of the beaches at Fort Monroe will be open to the public all day. City of Hampton lifeguards are on duty at Outlook Beach from 10 am – 6 pm. Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier will be open from sunrise to sunset. Fishing is not allowed at any other location at Fort Monroe. Kayak launch on Mill Creek and the Fort Monroe Recreation Center will be closed on July 4th.

Road Closure – At 9:00 am Stillwell Road will be closed from Northgate to Patch Road.

Flag Ceremony – 10 am Observing the 186th Anniversary of the death of President James Monroe, July 4, 1831
Join us for a patriotic flag ceremony, at the Flagstaff Bastion inside the stone fort. The program will include participants in period attire, a salute volley, and live period music. Featured speaker will be historian Elise Harding Davis, who will address the effect of the Rush-Bagot Agreement on the Underground Railroad and the sanctuary this new border created for freedom seekers.

Casemate Museum is open from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Casemate Museum chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe and features the cell where Jefferson Davis was briefly imprisoned, highlights Major General Benjamin Butler’s Contraband of War decision that granted refuge to three escaped slaves, and tells the history of the US Coastal Artillery Corps. Fort Monroe National Monument Junior Ranger program information and Passport stamps are also available at the Casemate Museum. Admission is free.

Family Fun in the Wherry Quarter from 5 to 8:30 pm. As you find your location to view the fireworks, stop by our food vendors who will be onsite selling a variety selections including barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, Greek and Italian cuisine, tacos, ice cream, and other frozen treats. We will also have representatives from local organizations including NASA Langley Research Center as they celebrate their 100th anniversary this year and engage in free, family fun activities. NASA exhibits include a tabletop Mars Rover demonstration, solar system cornhole, and a futuristic aircraft design activity. Additional organizations participating include the Casemate Museum, Fort Monroe National Monument, Fort Monroe YMCA, Dogs on Deployment, Patriot Tours, Langley AFB First Sergeants Club, Hampton Street Car 390 Project, Cox Communications, and Daily Press.

Music by the Bay Summer Concert at Wherry Quarter at 7 pm—Featured performers will be the USAF Heritage of America Full Spectrum Ensemble from Langley Air Force Base. “Full Spectrum” is a six piece, high energy, electrifying, “pop & hip hop” band.

Fireworks at 9:15 pm—A spectacular 15 minute fireworks show will be launched from a platform in Mill Creek at 9:15 pm. This show is presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA this year. The ideal location to view the fireworks is is in the event area (Soccer Field) between Stillwell Drive and Patch Road. Stillwell Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Fort Monroe Foundation thanks the following for their support:

• Cox Communications
• Divaris Real Estate, Inc.
• Howell Creative Group
• Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
• Old Point National Bank
• Senex Law
• Youth Sailing Virginia

Viewing from Wherry Quarter—
1. Plan to arrive early and enjoy the concert at 7:00 pm. Parking will be limited. Guests will be travel down Ingalls Road to Patch Road to parking areas.
2. Consider bringing hearing protection. Fireworks are big and loud.
3. Please do not bring your pets.
4. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
5. You may bring coolers and picnic baskets. Please, no glass containers.
6. Grilling/open flames are not permitted. No personal fireworks are allowed.
7. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Please, no skates or skateboarding on the boardwalk, seawall, sidewalks, or closed streets.
8. Food Vendors will be on site from 5 – 9:15 pm.
9. Portable restrooms will be available.

Other viewing areas on Fort Monroe—north of Outlook Beach
1. Beach areas are available for viewing—no swimming allowed after 6 pm Lifeguards will not be present after 6 pm.
2. Please do not bring your pets
3. No alcoholic beverages
4. No grilling or open flames. No personal fireworks are allowed.
5. Bring your coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. No glass containers, please.

Restricted Areas
1. North Beach—often referred to as Dog Beach. This area is closed to the public.
2. No viewing will be allowed from atop of the Fort.
3. No parking on the grass unless it is a designated Fourth at the Fort parking area.
4. No viewing will be allowed on the Mercury Blvd. Bridge.
5. Boaters—Hampton Police will be patrolling the Bay to ensure boaters keep a safe distance during the fireworks display