Norfolk: A City Full of Celebrations

Norfolk is the second most populous city in Virginia. Norfolk was named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. The largest Navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, is located in Norfolk along with one of NATO’s two Strategic Command headquarters. The city also houses the corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern Railway. As the city is bordered by multiple bodies of water, Norfolk has many miles of riverfront and Bayfront property, including beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk is the cultural heart of the Hampton Roads region. In addition to its museums - which include Chrysler Museum of Art, Nauticus, and MacArthur Memorial - Norfolk is home to several major performing arts companies. Norfolk also hosts numerous yearly festivals and parades, like Cajun-themed festival Bayou Boogaloo, Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival, Children's Festival, and Virginia Wine Festival. In addition, it has a variety of parks and open spaces. Discover a military town with cultural significance in Norfolk, Virginia!