CHESAPEAKE-Fireworks bring an end to each Fourth of July celebration; parades start them off.
Chesapeake's Fourth of July Celebration at Lakeside Park began at 10:00 a.m. with a parade from South Norfolk Baptist Church to the park on Bainbridge Blvd.
The opening ceremony started at 11:30 a.m. and thousands of people were expected to enjoy live entertainment, children's activities, games, a petting zoo, paddle boat rides and more!
At noon, the city dedicated the park's War Memorial. In 1939, the community planted trees and placed monuments in Lakeside Park in memory of eight US service members from South Norfolk who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.
The South Norfolk Ruritan Club restored the monuments and created a garden walkway with additional monuments to honor South Norfolk, Norfolk County, Chesapeake and other American soldiers who served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror.
The project was completed in June 2013.
"The Fourth means freedom and it means what people have sacrificed for our country and it means family, friends and fun,” said Lashawn Robinson.
"We like to spend time just as a family. He's in the military so it's very important to us and it just represents our freedom really," said Brianna Goforth.