Norfolk city center marks the second day of the Patriotic Festival, after weather conditions affected the opening night

The event returns to the region after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

NORFOLK, Va. – This is a summary of the second day of patriotic holiday in downtown Norfolk.

Country music star Kane Brown performed Saturday night, and Sunday night Morgan Wallen will take the stage for the evening concert.

Rain may have canceled the Patriotic Festival’s outdoor events on Friday, but the weather certainly worked in favor of festival-goers the next day.

“It was a really nice afternoon. The weather is nice, the kids are having fun. We saw ships. We met some really good servicemen who demonstrated their work,” said Valerie Walker of Norfolk .

Some, like veteran Chuck Pender, stumbled upon the free sections of the festival while visiting Norfolk.

“I think it’s inspiring, we find a lot of things here, especially for veterans, that can improve their lives. It’s just great,” he said.

Town Point Park was not too crowded in the afternoon. People young and young at heart had plenty of space to listen to music, move around, and even visit booths.

“We got a lot of free stuff. I bought fried Oreos. I gave one to a man sitting right next to me,” said Cam’ren Johnson, a youngster from Chesapeake.

This is the first time the Patriotic Festival has taken place in the Mermaid City, following its departure from the Virginia Beach waterfront.

“Everyone loves the food, enjoys their time here, the music,” said Maricen Price of Cups VA/La Cantera.

Price and his partners told 13NewsNow they were also thrilled to be at the festival.

They described customer flows during the day as “on and off”.

“We’re just waiting for the concert to start and we’re waiting for this big crowd to come in,” Price said.

It’s because for many, music is a big reason they came.

Organizers said it was also a special occasion to host the event on Memorial Day weekend, as the nation takes time to remember the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

David H. Henry