Plaids and Stripes
An Astounding Performance of Military Music to Remember!
Friday to Tuesday
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO DATES
April 18 - April 21, 2024
April 24 - April 27, 2025
THURSDAY - SATURDAY 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY MATINEE 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate military history and the Virginia International Tattoo with charm and pageantry. Experience a true patriotic display of military splendor, with a cast of over 1,000 performers from drill teams to pipe and drum corps.
Friday, April 18, 2024, & April 25, 2025
Prince William, Virginia
Arrive early afternoon for a lunch at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines -- past, present, and future. Then visit Quantico National Cemetery, where our nation’s veterans are remembered. Have the honor of helping the Missing In America Project, an organization that aims to find, identify, and inter unclaimed remains of fallen veterans. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by participating in placing flags at the graves of these previously forgotten heroes. Before calling it a night, step into the quaint town of Historic Occoquan for a memorable dinner. This riverfront community welcomes visitors with Southern hospitality and plenty of dining options.
Saturday, April 19, 2024, & April 26, 2025
Prince William, Virginia
Start the morning with a Civil War guide dressed in his military uniform leading you to Manassas National Battlefield Park, “Where the Southern Victories Tested the Northern Resolve”. This was the first major land battle of the United States Civil War, two armies clashed for the first time, and heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. Afterward, visit a Civil War hospital at the Ben Lomond Historic Site. Soldiers were taken here after the Battle of First Manassas to care for their wounds and left their signatures on the walls to prove it. Learn about 19th-century medicine used to care for injured soldiers. Enjoy lunch at Virginia Gateway, the premier shopping destination boasting an amazing selection of over 120 regional and local shops and restaurants in a convenient shopper-friendly environment. After lunch, visit Effingham Manor Winery to sample their signature wine “King’s Ransom” or enjoy craft beer, craft food and live local music at 2 Silos Brewing Company, a place to bring family and friends together. Before calling it a night it is time for dinner at Out of the Blue, a neighborhood crab and seafood house serving fresh and diverse seafood with exciting new flavors, be sure to try their lobster bisque!
Sunday, April 20, 2024, & April 27, 2025
Prince William, Virginia to Norfolk, Virginia
In the morning, travel to Norfolk, Virginia and arrive by 11:30 a.m. to tour Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus is a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside of Nauticus, introduces over 200 years of naval history in Coastal Virginia. Discover the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest, and last battleship ever built by the US Navy. Head over to Scope Arena for the Tattoo Hulla-baloo- an outdoor festival prior to the show. Then experience the Virginia International Tattoo, an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, and international bands and dancers from six to eight countries including the United States of America. Enjoy, as the cast of 1,000, take center stage in a 120-minute performance. For dinner, sail along the Norfolk waterfront on the Spirit of Norfolk. Savor freshly prepared food in a nautical setting with dynamic professional entertainment.
Monday, April 21, 2024, and April 28, 2025
Take a bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active-duty Navy guide will board the motor coach and give a narrated tour of the base. Make a quick stop for ice cream and discover where and how the waffle cone was invented at Doumar’s. Enjoy lunch and shopping at Norfolk’s Premium Outlets with over 90 designer stores with a waterfront setting. Spend the rest of the afternoon cruising aboard Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises. Take a two-hour cruise touring the world’s largest naval base by water. The music and great food do not stop! End the night with dinner at Norfolk’s newest entertainment venue the Waterside District, adjacent to Town Point Park. It will feature the best of national, local, and regional restaurants and will offer live music, festivals, and more.
Tuesday, April 22, 2024, & April 29, 2025
Before heading for home discover one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses, and rhododendrons on the East Coast at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience 155 glorious acres of gardens with guided tours on foot, by tram, or by boat.
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