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Blackbeard Pirate Festival Returns To Downtown Hampton June 3-5

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HAMPTON—After a two-year break, the popular and nationally recognized Blackbeard Pirate Festival will be back in Hampton June 3–5.

Costumed re-enactors will take visitors back to 1718 when the notorious Blackbeard was sailing the waters of Hampton Roads. Be ready for street skirmishes between pirates and the militia, a pirate camp in Mill Point Park, and the exciting sea battle where Blackbeard meets his final demise. Visitors will also be able to enjoy live music, food and merchandise vendors, lectures, and a large fireworks display on Saturday, June 4.

The 20th annual event kicks off on Friday, June 3 with a free, outdoor, family fun “Pirates Parlay” preview in Mills Point Park from 6pm to 8pm. This replaces the ticketed “Pirates Ball” that has been held in previous years. The fun continues on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to 10pm. Fireworks will be on display over the Hampton River beginning at 9pm. The festival winds down on Sunday, June 5 from noon to 6pm.

The Hampton History Museum will also be sponsoring a pair of free pirate-oriented lectures held at St. John’s Church located at 100 W. Queens Way in Hampton. At 2pm, Dr. Jamie Goodall will present “Virginia—The Colony, the Crown, and Pirates (1630–1700).” At 3pm, Jeremy R. Moss will present his lecture, “Blackbeard, Bonnet, and the Golden Age of Piracy in Virginia.” Museum admission will be free during the Blackbeard Pirate Festival on June 4 and 5. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Ln. in Hampton.

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