Check out all the great festivities around the area this July 4! From Culpeper to Crozet and Scotsville to Wintergreen Resort we've got you covered with Fourth of July activities!
Independence Day Holiday Events
» Ash Lawn-Highland offers special Independence Day activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, including patriotic tours of President James Madison’s home, children’s activities and free access to the grounds. The 380th Army Band from Richmond will perform a program of patriotic music at 2 p.m. 293-8000.
» Charlottesville’s Patriotism in the Park begins at 6 p.m. Friday with children’s activities, food, live music and fireworks at dark in McIntire Park. Parking is available at Charlottesville High School, and shuttle buses will operate from the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road, Burley Middle School and Walker Upper Elementary School. 242-1919.
» Crozet Independence Day Celebration begins at 5 p.m. Saturday with the Crozet Fireman’s Parade, which begins at Crozet Elementary School, travels down Crozet Avenue and ends at Claudius Crozet Park. The celebration continues at the park with children’s activities, the annual ball game between the Peachtree League coaches and the Crozet Firemen, food, craft beers and live music performed by Abbey Road. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. 823-4758.
» Culpeper’s Celebration of Patriotism begins at 8 a.m. Friday with the Freedom 5K race, beginning at the Town Municipal Building. A youth soccer tournament will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Yowell Meadow Park. The Culpeper Renaissance 4th of July Car and Bike Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Depot and Davis Street in Downtown Culpeper. The Museum of Culpeper History will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its new location at 113 S. Commerce St. A patriotic program, highlighted by a reading of the Declaration of Independence, will be held at noon at the Courthouse. The State Theater offers a free showing of the movie “Independence Day” at 1 p.m. The Main Street Parade begins at 4 p.m. along Main Street. Family activities, including moon bounces, miniature golf, hayrides, food and live entertainment by the winners of “Culpeper Has Talent,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Yowell Meadow Park. The fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:15 p.m. at Yowell Meadow Park. Complete details: www.culpeper4thofjuly.com. (540) 829-8278.
» Earlysville Stupendous Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Earlysville Area Residents League, begins at 1 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Earlysville Forest Drive and Earlysville Road and proceeds one mile north to the grounds of the historic Union Church. 996-6159.
» Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville holds the Independence Day 5K Race to benefit Camp Holiday Trails at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Forest Lakes North subdivision. Details and advance registration: www.kiwaniscville.org. 244-2909.
» Louisa’s 72nd Annual Fireman’s Parade is held at 7 this evening at West Main Street and Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa. The Fireman’s Fair opens at 6 this evening through Saturday, with a fireworks display at dark on Friday, at the Fireman’s Fairgrounds at 200 Fredericksburg Ave. (540) 967-1330.
» Madison County fireworks display begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria with swimming, pony rides, live music by the Cody Austin Band and fireworks at approximately 9 p.m. (540) 948-4455.
» Monticello hosts the 52nd annual Naturalization Ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlylse Group, will deliver the keynote address. Patriotic music will be performed by the Charlottesville Municipal Band, and Christopher Job of the Metropolitan Opera will sing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” An open house, featuring free walk-through tours, live entertainment, an ice cream festival and children’s activities, will be held following the ceremony, until noon. 984-9800.
» Nelson County Fourth of July Parade is held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday on Front Street in Lovingston. Sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church. 263-5010.
» Orange County’s Playin’ in the Park Independence Celebration features family activities, food, live music and fireworks beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at Booster Park at 1177 Bloomsbury Road in Orange. (540) 672-5435.
» Sounds of Liberty, hosted by the Charlottesville Fire Department, Virginia Chapter of the Descendants of Signers of the Declaration of Independence and local troops of the Boy Scouts of America, is held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ridge Street fire station at 203 Ridge St. It includes a ringing of a life-size replica of the Liberty Bell, a color guard and guest speakers. 970-3240.
» Stanardsville Fourth of July Parade and Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Friday along Main Street. The Greene County Singers will perform patriotic songs, Jimmy Morris will read the Declaration of Independence, and Mayor Gary Lowe will offer remarks at 11 a.m., followed by the Ringing of the Bells at noon in Courthouse Square. Habitat for Humanity will offer a barbecue lunch at the Methodist church beginning at 11 a.m., with free bottled water and watermelon. Vendors and children’s activities will be set up on the courthouse lawn. 409-5796.
» Town of Scottsville holds its Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Scottsville Fire Department, at 9 a.m. Friday and Jammin’ on the James, with live music performed by Powers & Brown, followed by Red Light Rodeo, and fireworks over the James River from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and drink vendors will be available. 286-9267.
» Wintergreen Resort hosts numerous activities Friday through Sunday as part of its July 4 Jubilee, including family activities, an arts and crafts showcase, chairlift rides and live music performances throughout the weekend. Complete schedule of activities: www.wintergreenresort.com. 1-888-329-5828.
» Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will hold Court Square Walking Tours at 5:30 this evening and Friday, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday; Downtown Mall Walking Tours at 11 a.m. Saturday; and Cemetery Tours of Maplewood Cemetery at 7 this evening and 3 p.m. Saturday and of Oakwood Cemetery at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. All tours depart from the Historical Society at 200 Second St. Tours will run through October. www.albemarlehistory.org. $5. 296-1492.
» Chill’n & Grill’n, to benefit Jefferson Area Board for Aging, offers barbecue ribs, chicken or hamburgers with a choice of collard greens, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade cornbread for $10 per plate from 5 to 7:30 this evening at Vinegar Hill Café at 233 Fourth St. NW. Live music will be provided by Midlife Crisis. 817-5234.
» Louisa Arts Center’s Summer Fun Movies hosts a showing of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 212 Fredericksburg Ave. in Louisa. $3; $2 for youths. (540) 967-2200
» Potomac Appalachian Trail Club hosts a hike on the Goshen Trail, meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Albemarle High School. Bring food, water and appropriate clothing. 971-7384.