DescriptionIt is said this city gained its name from Capt. Christopher Newport, commander of a three-ship English fleet that landed at Jamestown Island in 1607. The captain played a key role in the permanent settlement of Virginia, making five transatlantic voyages between 1607 and 1619. “News” may refer to the supplies and reinforcements his ships carried over from England, hence “Newport's good news.”
Offering holiday festivities in several towns, 100 Miles of Lights kicks off Newport News in late November with Celebration in Lights, a 2-mile-long, drive-through light display at Newport News Park.
InfoOfficeNewport News Visitor Center 13560 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA 23603. Phone:(757)886-7777 or (888)493-7386