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Tall ships are coming to Norfolk, Virginia! Over 20 ships from countries
around the world have been invited to Norfolk’s waterfront for this
spectacular event. Operation Sail, Inc. (OpSail) and the U.S. Navy will
commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the birth of The
Star-Spangled Banner in conjunction with Norfolk’s annual Harborfest.
Events will range from the traditional Parades of Sail, ship tours,
spectacular fireworks, concerts and festivals, educational events and
programs, Adopt a Ship opportunities, crew sporting events and more
planned along Virginia's Waterfronts and in many Virginia communities.
OpSail 2012 Virginia is a registered Virginia Green Event. Visitors can expect to see recycling and other green practices in place at all OpSail-related festivals and events.
Tall ships are just one part of Norfolk's annual Harborfest. One of Hampton Roads' largest dockside festivals, this family-friendly event features everything from wine-tasting to pirates to spectacular fireworks. This year Harborfest will also feature over 130 hours of live entertainment on multiple stages.
Hampton Roads isn't the only Virginia region celebrating the arrival of Tall Ships. Just across the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, the idyllic town of Cape Charles is planning a full 5 day celebration of Tall Ships. The event will host a number of sailing vessels as well as numerous modern Navy ships.
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