Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers Kids’ Camp screenings of popular movies at reduced prices during the summer. “Paddington 2” is shown at 10 a.m. Friday. “The Iron Giant” is shown at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 10 a.m. July 12. Teachers, professors, faculty and school staff are offered one free matinee ticket each Wednesday through Aug. 28. Please present a current ID from place of employment or documentation for homeschool teachers. 375 Merchant Walk Square. (512) 222-9676.

Carter Mountain Orchard celebrates Independence Day with live music beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, family activities and games beginning at 4 p.m. and hayrides from 5 p.m. until dusk; local fireworks can be viewed from the mountaintop at dusk. (434) 977-1833.

Charlottesville’s Patriotism in the Park begins at 5 p.m. Thursday with children’s activities, food, live music and fireworks at dark in McIntire Park. Parking is available at Charlottesville High School, the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road and the public lot in front of Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad on McIntire Road. Shuttles from the County Office Building will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Details are available at works. (434) 242-1919.

Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company holds its annual July 4th Sounds of Liberty Bell-Ringing Ceremony with guest speaker Joe Thomas at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 203 Ridge St. (434) 970-3237.

Earlysville Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Earlysville Area Residents League, begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. Viewers should assemble along Earlysville Road between Earlysville Forest Drive and Union Church. (434) 996-6159.

Fourth of July Community Picnic is held from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at Montebello Volunteer Fire and Rescue at 119 Fork Mountain Lane. (540) 377-2145.

Highland, the home of James Monroe, offers Independence Day activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, including patriotic tours of Monroe’s home, children’s activities, music and free access to the grounds. Heifetz International Music Institute will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. (434) 293-8000.

Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville holds the Independence Day 5K Race at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Hollymead Elementary School. Details and advance registration are available at Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. (434) 293-3367.

Madison County Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with pony rides, food, live music and fireworks at approximately 9 p.m. at Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria. (540) 923-4231.

McCormick Observatory holds Public Night from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday at the end of McCormick Road. (434) 243-1885.

Monticello hosts a Naturalization Ceremony with Khizr Khan delivering the keynote address and patriotic music performed by the Charlottesville Municipal Band beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday. Parking with shuttle service is available at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Free public tours are offered from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complete details, including security procedures are available at (434) 984-9800.

Monticello to Main Street Walking Tour connects the lives of families enslaved at Monticello to Charlottesville’s early history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; meet at Court Square. Presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with Charlottesville Unity Days. (434) 970-3101.

Nelson County Fourth of July Parade begins at 11 a.m. Thursday on Front Street in Lovingston. (434) 263-7130.

Old-Time Concert Series at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center features The Farm Use String Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway. (540) 943-4716.

Orange County Playin’ In The Park Independence Day Celebration features live music, Touch-A-Truck, children’s activities and fireworks from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Booster Park in Orange. (540) 672-5435.

Picnic in the Park includes family games, water slide, food trucks and more from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Hoover Ridge Park in Madison. (540) 308-1247.

Regal Stonefield Theaters Summer Movie Express offers screenings of “Lego Movie 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $1.

Stanardsville Fourth of July Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a parade along Main Street, followed by a community festival that includes games, bounce house, concessions, live music and a fireworks display at dark. Details are available at (434) 990-6511.

Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust holds a Hard Hat Tour of four new permanently affordable homes for sale from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at 816 Nassau St. Details of the project are at (434) 979-1597.

Town of Scottsville begins its Fourth of July festivities with a parade sponsored by the Scottsville Fire Department that travels down Valley Street and on to East Main Street at 9 a.m. Thursday. Live music is performed at the Farmer’s Market from 6 to 9 p.m., and fireworks can be seen over the James River at dusk. (434) 286-9267.

Violet Crown Free Family Film Series screens “The Dark Crystal” (1982) at 11 a.m. Wednesday. 200 W. Main St. (434) 529-3000.

Wintergreen Resort holds its fireworks show on Thursday. Numerous family activities, an arts and crafts showcase, chairlift rides and live music performances are offered during the day Thursday. A complete schedule of activities is available at (888) 329-5828.


Albemarle County beaches at Chris Greene Lake, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day. (434) 296-5844.

Albemarle Farmers Market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through September in the parking lot of Kohl’s at Hollymead Town Center. (434) 531-2733.

Charlottesville City Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through December. Water Street. (434) 970-3371.

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation pools are open for the summer season through Aug. 20. Onesty Family Aquatic Center at 300 Meade Ave. opens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except for Wednesdays, when the pool is closed. Washington Park Pool opens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. (434) 970-3083.

Children’s Storytime is held from 11 a.m. to noon each Saturday at New Dominion Bookshop at 404 E. Main St. (434) 295-2552.

Forest Lakes South Farmers Market opens from 4 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday through October. 1650 Ashwood Blvd. (434) 531-2733.

The Haven Pop-up Lunch Café is held from noon to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday by donation. 112 W. Market St. (434) 973-1234.

Montpelier offers free admission to children younger than 15 visiting with a paying adult through Aug. 30. (540) 672-2728.

Nelson Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October at 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford. (804) 761-7581.

Spray Grounds Parks are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15 at Belmont Park at 725 Stonehenge Ave., Forest Hills Park at 1022 Forest Hills Ave., Greenleaf Park at 1598 Rose Hill Drive and Tonsler Park at 500 Cherry Ave. (434) 970-3072.

Virginia Discovery Museum, a 2019 Blue Star Museum, offers free admission to active-duty personnel and up to five family members, retired military members and veterans through Sept. 2. (434) 977-1025.

Wildrock holds Staycation Saturdays at the 3-acre nature playscape that includes streams, trails and labrynth each Saturday through August 17. Reservations are required at tion. Admission is pay what you can. (434) 825-8631.

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