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Virginia Beach 50th Anniversary Celebration

Published: October 7, 2013
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the merging of Princess Anne County and the small resort town of Virginia Beach.

On October 12, the city will observe this milestone with a day of free festivities for the entire family including live entertainment, children's activities, exhibitors, food, a parade, music, an art show, fireworks, a laser light show and more.

The centerpiece of the city’s year-long observance will be a block party held along the Laskin Road corridor at 31st Street at the Oceanfront.

The celebration kicks off at noon with a parade down 31st Street from Arctic Avenue to Neptune’s Park that will feature performers from Virginia Beach Public Schools, to include marching bands, cheerleading squads and stomp teams.

These two blocks will remain closed to vehicle traffic for a street party from noon to 5 p.m. that will include the Golden Anniversary Art Show, Lynnhaven River Now’s Fall Fest and a Public Safety Open House.

The Golden Anniversary Art Show will be staged on 31st Street between Arctic and Pacific avenues and will feature a variety of works by 34 local artists.

The Public Safety Open House will occupy 31st Street from Pacific Avenue to Atlantic Avenue.  It will showcase the many services offered by the Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, the Virginia Aquarium, the Oceanfront Library, Public Works and the Health Department, among others.?

Starting at 3:30 p.m., the 31st Street Stage at Neptune’s Park will be the setting for live musical entertainment with the Tidewater Winds, Guava Jam, The Kingsmen (famous for the 1963 hit “Louie Louie”) and Soul of ’63.

At 10 p.m. the celebration will conclude with a firework and laser light show.

For concert times, additional information and the latest news and event announcements on the 50th Anniversary Golden Age Celebration, please visit or call 498-0215.