Overview of Event
The public is invited to 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 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.
Type of Event
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.
Date, Time and Location
Saturday, April 20, 10 am-5 pm – may expand in the evening with special musical guests.
Mill Point Park, 100 Eaton St, Downtown Hampton
Activities Taking Place at the Event
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.
Goal of Event
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.
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.