How to Get to the Grand Illumination Parade

So you want to join us the Grand Illumination Parade. Great! Now how do you get to Downtown Norfolk? 

Arriving By Car

From Richmond, Washington D.C. and points North & West

  • Follow I-95 South to I-64 East in Richmond.
  • Follow I-64 through Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton into Norfolk.
  • Take Exit #284 onto I-264 West towards Downtown Norfolk.
  • Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

From New York, Philadelphia and points North

  • Follow Route 13 through the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.
  • Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
  • Stay on Route 13, which will become Northampton Blvd.
  • Take Northampton Blvd. to I-64 East.
  • Take Exit #284 onto I-264 West towards Downtown Norfolk.
  • Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

From Raleigh and points South

  • Take I-95 North to Route 58 East.
  • Exit onto I-664 East to I-264 East.
  • Follow through the Downtown Tunnel and cross the Berkley Bridge.
  • Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

Once you are here, you can park in one of Downtown Norfolk's parking garages. We also suggest you look at our parade route map to see where parking garages are located along the route, and see our Parade Day of Information for parking garage rates.

Public Transportation

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the region's public transportation system, connecting the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News.  For route schedules and general information, call 757-222-6100 or visit

Hampton Roads’ light rail system, The Tide, connects travelers and commuters from Newtown Road to Eastern Virginia Medical School. With 10 stops, 5 of which are within the Downtown corridor, riders are sure to find the service relaxing and convenient.

Cost for a 1-Day GoPass is $4.50 and can be purchased online here. Hard copy commemorative tickets will be on sale for $4 (cash only) on Saturday, November 23 only from 4pm – 7:15pm at Newtown Road Station, Military Hwy Station, High Street Ferry Dock and North Landing Ferry Dock.  The commemorative tickets are only for the ferry and light rail (Tide).

Ferry service runs between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.

FERRY on Saturday November 23rd – Cash Only.
10am – 5pm – one ferry with service to Waterside, High Street and North Landing every 30 minutes.
5pm – 11:30pm – Two Ferries will have service to High Street and Waterside Marina every 15 minutes and one ferry will have service from North Landing and Waterside Marina every 30 minutes