Celebrate the Finale of Hampton, Virginia's 400th Anniversary at the Hampton Holly Days Parade December 11, 2010

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On December 11, celebrate the finale of Hampton’s 400th Anniversary at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: From the Sea to the Stars 1610-2010. This year, the City of Hampton is pleased to announce NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher as Grand Marshal.

The Hampton Holly Days Parade is one of the largest annual illuminated parades in Southeastern VA

Explore Old Worlds, New Worlds, Our World.

This December 11, celebrate in grand style the finale of Hampton’s 400th Anniversary at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: From the Sea to the Stars 1610-2010. The free event, taking place at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Hampton, is one of the largest annual illuminated parades in all of coastal Virginia. This year, the City of Hampton is pleased to announce NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher as Grand Marshal.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978, Dr. Anna Fisher has logged nearly 200 hours in space. From 1996-2002, she held the honor of being Chief of the Space Station Branch during early construction of the International Space Station. Currently, Dr. Fisher serves as a Management Astronaut in both the Space Shuttle Branch and the Exploration Branch and resides in Houston, Texas.

In addition to the appearance of Dr. Fisher, other Hampton Holly Days Parade festivities include marching bands, beautiful floats, lovely ladies, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus! The evening concludes with a beautiful fireworks demonstration commemorating Hampton’s 400 years of history.

For more information on Hampton Holly Days Parade: From the Sea to the Stars 1610-2010, call 757/727-8311 or check out http://www.hampton.gov/parks/holly_days/.

Hampton Holly Days Parade: From the Sea to the Stars 1610-2010
Saturday, December 11
7:00 p.m.
Settlers Landing Road (best viewing spot)
Hampton, VA 23669
FREE ADMISSION
FREE PARKING
757/727-8311

**The parade route begins at Eaton Street, proceeds down Settlers Landing Road, and ends at Darling Stadium. Be sure to come out early and secure a good spot. Free parking is available throughout downtown Hampton.**

Hampton, Virginia, the oldest continuous English speaking settlement in North America, celebrates four centuries of history in 2010. We invite you to “Explore Old Worlds, New Worlds, Our World.” The Explore Hampton 2010 committee consists of Hampton citizens and representatives of businesses, churches, neighborhoods, Hampton University and the City of Hampton. For information on upcoming Explore Hampton initiatives, visit http://www.hampton400.com.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton Maritime Center, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.

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