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.
Our kickoff concert for the 2015 season. This evening’s performers will be the US Army Training and Doctrine Command Band–Concert Band. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be at the Fort Monroe Theatre.
Performance by the US Air Force Heritage of America Band Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
This sleek, 13-member group presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism and tell the Air Force story. Made up of outstanding Air Force enlisted professional musicians, Rhythm in Blue takes great pride in preserving America’s uniquely original art form, recruiting a new generation of listeners, and representing all Airmen. From formal concerts in grand auditoriums to casual shows in the park, Rhythm in Blue is in constant demand traveling throughout the Eastern United States, performing for diverse audiences from Maine to South Carolina.
The high level of talent showcased by each member of Rhythm in Blue enables the group to perform with unparalleled excitement and versatility. With their extensive repertoire highlighting instrumental and vocal soloists, Rhythm in Blue makes lasting connections with audiences of all ages. Rhythm in Blue honors our American military veterans for their selfless sacrifice at every performance, and shares the message of excellence, courage and commitment displayed every day by the brave men and women of the United States Air Force, serving throughout the world.
Special performance by US Air Force Langley Winds.
The Langley Winds Woodwind Ensemble has been a chamber music component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band since 1995. The Langley Winds’ repertoire spans several centuries from Renaissance to Contemporary music. In 2011, they were part of the Fellowship Program at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival and have commissioned several new works by young composers. Most recently, the Langley Winds gave the world premiere of composer Brian DuFord’s “Angels with Red Tails,” a piece written to honor the courageous efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen.
As professional Airman-musicians, the Langley Winds are dedicated to using the power of music to inspire positive, long-lasting impressions of the United States Air Force in the hearts and minds of their audiences. They are proud to represent the nation’s Airmen who strive for excellence as they fly, flight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace.
Special Performance by The Rhythm Project, the Virginia Arts Festival Youth Steel Drum Band.
The Rhythm Project is a world percussion ensemble dedicated to the nurturing of self-esteem through individual and cooperative achievement. Founded in 1996, the program was started in Portsmouth, VA by the Virginia Arts Festival. There are four elementary and middle school Rhythm Project groups that feed the program’s premiere performing ensemble, the All Stars. The All Stars is a year-round program, for high school students that focuses on instilling discipline and dedication in students through performance and touring opportunities. Two high school groups, in addition to the All Stars, serving the cities of Norfolk, and Virginia Beach complete the family of Rhythm Project ensembles.
The Rhythm Project is supported in part by the Surdna Foundation, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the Norfolk Consortium, D. Baker Ames Charitable Foundation, and the following municipalities and/or their Arts and Humanities Commissions: Norfolk, Portsmouth, York County, and Virginia Beach.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Fort Monroe Theatre.
Performance by US Navy Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble.
The U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble, led by Lieutenant Commander Mark Corbliss is the largest of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s performing units. The band’s repertoire ranges from traditional martial music to patriotic favorites and the finest works from the wind band literature.
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 8 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 8 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.
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. Boaters—Hampton Police will be patrolling the Bay to ensure boaters keep a safe distance during the fireworks display
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 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.