The July 4th celebration is Cape Charles’s most cherished event. Every season it seems to grow in popularity. The estimates are that over 10,000 people in Town attended events last year.
Assistant to the Town Manager Julie Pruitt has been grinding for many months to organize the event and coordinate the efforts of numerous departments and volunteers.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• Street Closures: o All of Bay Avenue, and Mason Avenue up to Harbor Avenue, will be closed at 5:00 a.m., and only vendors will be permitted on the streets to allow them to set up their booths. o The portion of Mason Avenue, up to Peach Street, will be closed from 5:00 a.m. until noon. o Washington Avenue will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
• With over 60 vendors this year, they will be arriving very early in the morning in order to complete their set-up by 8:00 a.m. A vendor check-in station will be set up at the corner of Bay and Jefferson Avenues.
• The parade also grows each year, so a check-in station has been added for this as well. Although registration is not required this year, all parade participants MUST check-in at the station which will be located at the corner of Fig Street and Washington Avenue between 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. There will be no exceptions.
There will also be over 20 food vendors spread along Bay Avenue, Kids Face Painting, a Cornhole Tournament, a Teen Basketball Tournament, an afternoon movie at the Palace Theater, and music at the Beach Pavilion by the Tidewater Concert Band and Rude Boy Riddum.
The newest addition to the festivities is the Dunk Tank Fundraiser for the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Company! You can try your hand at hitting the target to dunk Mayor Adam Charney, Town Manager John Hozey, Fire Chief Jay Bell, Cape Charles Police Officer Billy Lewis, and more! Tickets are $5 for 3 balls, $10 for 7 balls, and you can just go up and push the button for $20!