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Join in commemorating the Native American, European and African cultures, individually, as well as how they have come together to shape our community at Hampton Heritage Day.
The family friendly event provides focus on the history that shaped who we are today as well as provides an opportunity to explore the legacy of what happened to each civilization throughout our 400-year cultural engagement here along the Chesapeake Bay.
This festival is a free educational opportunity at which we focus on providing opportunities to teach about each culture as well as explore the opportunity to heal through engagement and knowledge.
The event includes traditional music, dance, storytelling and other performances and presentations that take place throughout the day as well as hands-on family activities, cultural displays, demonstrations, food, traditional arts & crafts, and more to honor those who came before us and their legacy in our lives today.
Our goal with the Hampton Heritage Day is to broaden the story and provide a deeper context of the early formation of Hampton: to honor the Native American people who were already here long before the settlers arrived, as well as the Africans who arrived soon after in 1619, and who, in a very real sense built the city. The confluence of these groups is a key moment in our history and the nation’s past and needs to be a part of our conversation today.
Stay tuned for more information about participants and entertainment schedule!
Date, Time and Location
Saturday, May 18. 10 am-6 pm, Mill Point Park, 100 Eaton St, Downtown Hampton
Artists and Craftspeople: vendor application deadline is Monday, April 15!
Hampton Heritage Day is sponsored by the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission, Hampton Convention and Visitors Bureau, National Park Service, Downtown Hampton Development Partnership, City of Hampton and the Hampton History Museum Association.
Hampton History Museum
The Hampton History Museum serves to increase the awareness and understanding of the history of Hampton by maintaining an educational and research center for the collection, exhibition, interpretation, preservation and promotion of the vast historic resources of the City.