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UPCOMING EVENTS AT FORT MONROE

Take a look at the list upcoming events and you’re sure to find lots to do. From movie nights and lantern tours to seasonal concerts and sporting events, there’s something for everyone. Join us for one of the following events or host your own.

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Fort Monroe programs and events are presented through a collaboration of the United States Army, the Fort Monroe Authority, and the National Park Service. Events are subject to change without notice. All programs and events are free of charge, unless indicated otherwise. Some programs and events require pre-registration.


Jul
4
Sat
Special Event–Fourth at the Fort @ Fort Monroe
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 9:45 pm

FOURTH AT THE FORT

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

Beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier are 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. The parking lot for Outlook Beach will close at 12 noon. Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier will close at 12 noon on July 4th. Fishing is not allowed at any other location at Fort Monroe. Kayak launch on Mill Creek is open from sunrise to sunset. The Fort Monroe Recreation Center is closed on July 4th.

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 6 to 8:30 pm. As you find your location to view the fireworks, meet representatives from local organizations and engage in free family fun activities.

Music by the Bay Summer Concert at Wherry Quarter—US Fleet Forces Four Star Edition Ensemble will perform many of today’s latest hits, country, and classic rock and roll as well as patriotic favorites for our special start time of 7:30 pm and location in the Wherry Quarter. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and park in designated areas only. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food vendors will be onsite selling a variety of different styles of food.

Fireworks—this year, Fort Monroe will present a new twist on Fourth of July fireworks! Instead of a traditional aerial fireworks show, a 12 minute close proximity show will be launched from the top of the fortress wall at 9:15 pm. This show, presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA, will highlight the unique features of the stone fort. Close proximity fireworks offer a more entertaining show and use less space. They are intended to be viewed within a close distance so that the pyrotechnics can be seen from the ground up. The ideal location to view the fireworks is just north of Outlook Beach, along Fenwick Road from the East Gate to Stillwell Road.

Viewing from Wherry Quarter
1. Plan to arrive early and enjoy the concert at 7:30 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 – 9:30 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. Inside the Fort—access will be limited to residents only after 4:30 pm.
3. No viewing will be allowed from atop of the Fort.
4. No parking on the grass unless it is a designated Fourth at the Fort parking area.
5. No viewing will be allowed on the Mercury Blvd. Bridge.
6. Boaters—Hampton Police will be patrolling the Bay to ensure boaters keep a safe distance during the fireworks display

Road Closures—
At 9:00 am East Gate will close. No entry or exit from Bernard Road through the East Gate
At 12 noon Fenwick Road will be closed between Ingalls and New Garden Roads
At 4:30 pm Fenwick Road will be closed between New Garden and Stillwell Roads
At 4:30 pm Bernard Road will be closed to the public for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Residents with appropriate passes will have access through North Gate and Main Gate only.
At 7:00 pm Ingalls Road will be closed from Patch Road to Fenwick Road.

Guests visiting the Paradise Ocean Club--Great American Cookout and Concert with The DeLoreans from 5 to 9 pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Please use Stillwell Road to access parking areas for the Paradise Ocean Club.

At 8:30 pm, no inbound access will be allowed on to Fort Monroe until fireworks have ended and traffic exiting the Fort has cleared.

Handicapped parking—designated handicapped parking spaces are limited.

Weather updates—Check website, facebook and twitter for updates on the weather conditions.

Special Event–Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Wherry Quarter
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Special Performance by US Navy Fleet Forces Band Four Star Edition.

The Four Star Edition entertains audiences across the Mid-Atlantic with a hard hitting blend of contemporary music that includes today’s top Rock and Country hits, as well as Classic Rock and songs that help us remember our pride in America. The nine Navy musicians in the group are among the Navy’s most talented and versatile. Each performance presents a diverse, high-energy show that entertains audiences of all ages.

Jul
9
Thu
Public Meeting–Finance Meeting @ Quarters 1
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Special Event–Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Performance by US Air Force Heritage of America Band Heritage Brass Ensemble.

Heritage Brass, a large Brass Ensemble with Percussion, is the longest tenured small ensemble within the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. This exceptional group tours the Mid-Atlantic and New England region from South Carolina to Maine, always leaving audiences delighted with their world-class musicianship and entertaining showmanship. From classical to jazz and popular music, from Bach to the Beatles, the group brings its brilliant brass sound to all music genres, providing a variety of music that’s both educational and exciting. Featuring gifted Airman-musicians educated at several top music schools, Heritage Brass impresses and inspires.

As Airman-musicians, Heritage Brass is a crucial part of countless military ceremonies, providing patriotic music and fanfares that maintain the heritage of the United States and it’s armed services. These musical ambassadors proudly represent the skill and professionalism of the United States Air Force.

Special Event–Pre-Concert Walking Tours of Fort Monroe @ Continental Park
Jul 9 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Join us before the Music By the Bay Summer Concert at 5:45 pm for an one hour walking tour. Tonight’s tour topic is Fort and Resort: Hotels, Tourism, and Social Life on an Army Post. This tour will focus on the lasting evidence of tourism and recreation on the Fort Monroe landscape. Excerpts from the 1934 Post Adjutant’s journal relate some interesting conflicts between the hoteliers and the garrison commanders.

Jul
16
Thu
Special Event–Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Performance by US Navy Fleet Forces Band Four Star Edition.

The Four Star Edition entertains audiences across the Mid-Atlantic with a hard hitting blend of contemporary music that includes today’s top Rock and Country hits, as well as Classic Rock and songs that help us remember our pride in America. The nine Navy musicians in the group are among the Navy’s most talented and versatile. Each performance presents a diverse, high-energy show that entertains audiences of all ages.

Special Event–Pre-Concert Walking Tours of Fort Monroe @ Continental Park
Jul 16 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Join us before the Music By the Bay Summer Concert at 5:45 pm for an one hour walking tour. Tonight’s tour topic is Presidential Visits to Fort Monroe. This tour will highlight some of the presidential connections to Old Point Comfort and Fort Monroe from the founding fathers to the modern era.

Jul
23
Thu
Special Event–Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Tidewater Winds Concert Band and John Philip Sousa IV

John Philip Sousa, IV is a frequent speaker and narrator at Sousa concerts and at Patriotic concerts around the country. He not only talks about his Great Grandfather, his music and the impact that he had on this country, but he talks about what Sousa has meant to our country’s heritage. Sousa shares with audiences humorous stories of what it is like to be the great grandson of such an historic person.
Sousa, IV can be seen periodically on TV talk shows as well as interviews on radio and with the print media and will be here at Fort Monroe to celebrate the 30th Anniversary with the Tidewater Winds. Sousa was last here in Hampton Roads in 2012 and this year will emcee the concert here on July 23.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Fort Monroe Theatre.

Special Event–Pre-Concert Walking Tours of Fort Monroe @ Continental Park
Jul 23 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Join us before the Music By the Bay Summer Concert at 5:45 pm for an one hour walking tour. Tonight’s tour topic is Then and Now: An Evolution through Maps and Photographs. During this tour we will take a look at historic maps and photographs and compare them to the current landscape to peel back the layers of history at the fort.

Jul
30
Thu
Special Event–Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Performance by US Navy Fleet Forces Band Brass Ensemble–Uncharted Waters.

Uncharted Waters performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with a diverse, high-energy show that blends chart-topping hits and traditional New Orleans style brass band favorites. These Navy musicians are among the Navy’s most talented and versatile and entertain audiences of all ages.