Getting Patriotic in COVA

Memorial Day is almost here, and COVA has plenty of ways to celebrate. Parades, festivals, and special Military discounts!

Here are 4 ways to get patriotic in COVA:


A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and travels on High Street from Peninsula Avenue (at I.C. Norcom High School) to Crawford Street. LEARN MORE

Virginia Beach

Prepare for takeoff! The War Birds Over the Beach air-show in Virginia Beach is taking visitors on a trip back in time to the days of the WWII era at the Military Aviation Museum, May 19-21. Look up in the sky to see fighters and bombers of our Armed Forces patrol the countryside in Pungo. Experience all this and more, with hundreds of re-enactors, warplanes and entertainment reminiscent of the 1940s during this annual family-friendly ticketed event. LEARN MORE


Genuine Smithfield salutes our veterans! The folks in Smithfield want to be sure our military know they are appreciated by offering discounts and special rates. Historic St. Luke’s Church extends a $2 military discount on their admission fee (regular fee: $8). The gorgeous Smithfield Station invites the military with a 15% discount off hotel room rates for all active duty and retired military, and the beautiful Mansion on Main Bed & Breakfast and the Mansion House Art & Antique offer a 10% discount on room rates and gallery items (some restrictions apply). Your meals are covered too – the Smithfield Inn extends a 10% discount on meals (excluding alcohol). Time for some shopping? Stop by Smithfield’s Christmas Store for a 10% military discount or for something really special contact Cil Barbour (wife of a retired Navy Captain) and resident artist at the Arts Center @ 319. Cil offers a 15% military discount on paintings valued over $100. Let her create your own masterpiece.  Stop by the Smithfield Visitor Center at 319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.357.5182. LEARN MORE


Celebrate Memorial Day with Commemorative Programs at York Hall with posting of colors, live music, guest speakers, and the placing of flowers. Colonial National Historic Park in partnership with the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown will be starting up the Corps’ schedule, and will have a Memorial Day performance. Grace Episcopal Church will also have a ceremony followed by the playing of “Taps” and replacement of flags of the 83 known veterans. Busch Gardens will be continuing their Food & Wine Festival for guests who want to explore authentic tastes from around the world! LEARN MORE

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