Friends, food, fireworks — what more could you ask for on Independence Day? If you’re looking for Fourth of July celebrations in Charlottesville, you’ve got plenty of options!
Carter Mountain Orchard is throwing a Happy Birthday, America! event in honor of Independence Day. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone to enjoy with refreshing cider beverages for the adults and fun games for the kids. Join in on a water balloon toss, sack races, or even go on a hayride around the orchard! Although Carter Mountain is not having fireworks, they have a great location for viewing fireworks provided by other events in the area. With hayrides starting in the afternoon and live music beginning at 3 p.m., the fun lasts all day. Best of all, admission is free! The orchard is open 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and the grounds will close by 10:00 p.m. Watching the fireworks explode over the mountains is nothing short of magical.
Patriotism in the Park, hosted by CBS19 News at McIntire Park, is one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in Charlottesville. This year, the show was in danger of being canceled due to a lack of sponsors. However, Bank of the James and the University of Virginia along with other sponsors pitched in to help save the show. Gates open for the event at 5:00 p.m., with fireworks beginning after dark. While you’re waiting for one of the biggest fireworks displays in the city, listen to live music, join a chicken-finger eating contest courtesy of Zaxby’s, or let your children run around in a bounce house! There will be free parking at Charlottesville High School as well as free shuttles to the park from the Albemarle County Office Building.
From noon to 4:00 p.m. on July 4th, Keswick Vineyards will be hosting their Independence Day celebration, cleverly dubbed Reds, Whites, and Bluegrass. Local bluegrass band Old Dogs New Tricks will provide the tunes while Spice Sea Gourmet and the FARMacy food truck will provide food for the event. The event is free, so just grab some chairs, blankets, and a few friends. Pets are allowed as well, so feel free to bring your furry friend along! Be ready to try some delicious red and white Virginia wines. If you want to get a nice shady spot, be sure to come early!
Learn more about America’s history on the Fourth of July in Charlottesville by visiting the former residence of President James Monroe and his wife. The estate hosts an annual Independence Day Concert and Celebration from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m on July 4. Music will be provided free of charge from the classically-inspired ensemble Heifetz. Highland is also offering free ground access for the entire day! Feel free to pack some lunch or purchase food from the Museum Shop. With games and activities going on from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there’s something to keep the whole family entertained!
From vineyards to orchards to historical residences, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy for the Fourth of July in Charlottesville. Whether you want to spend your day sipping wine or listening to live music, there’s no better place to celebrate America’s birthday.
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