Kiwanis Independence Day 5K Race

7:30 a.m. Thursday

Hollymead Elementary School

Register and start the race near the school and follow the course through the Forest Lakes North subdivision to help raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. Registration forms are available in advance at Ragged Mountain Running Shop and online at the Charlottesville Track Club site at $30 on race day; $25 advance; $20 students.; (434) 293-3367.

Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

9 a.m. Thursday

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Charlottesville Municipal Band members will perform patriotic music starting at 9 a.m. for a memorable morning on the mountain that will end with citizenship oaths from more than 70 of the newest Americans. Gold Star father and author Khzir Khan will be the keynote speaker. The 57th annual celebration is free, but reservations are recommended if you want to take the shuttle to the event and catch a free first-floor tour of Jefferson’s beloved home. Free.; (434) 984-9800.

Fourth of July Jubilee


Wintergreen Resort

Chairlift rides will offer a stirring view of the mountains that’ll get you in the spirit to celebrate America. There also will be a block party, an arts and crafts showcase, games for all ages and plenty of fireworks. Free.; (434) 325-2200.

Nelson County Fourth of July Parade

10 a.m. Thursday

Front Street in Lovingston

The fun starts with a children’s bicycle parade at 10 a.m.; the main parade starts rolling at 11 a.m. Look for friends and neighbors representing community organizations of all kinds in honor of the nation’s birthday. Free.; (434) 263-7130.

Independence Day Concert and Celebration

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

James Monroe’s Highland

Celebrate the nation’s birthday at the fifth president’s house with games and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musicians from the Heifetz International Music Institute will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Access to the grounds will be free all day, so bring a picnic and kick back. Free.; (434) 293-8000.

Red, White, Blue in Greene

5 to 10 p.m. Thursday

William Moore High School football field in Stanardsville

Listen for music by Lydia Station at 5:30 p.m., Cheap Whiskey at 6:30 p.m. and Groove Train at 8 p.m. Play games, dig into local foods and check out the Pegasus helicopter. Be sure to arrive before the roads close at 5 p.m., because the parade will start at 5:30 p.m. The national anthem and honor guard flag ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around for a community fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. Free.

Screening of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

2 p.m. Saturday

Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper

James Cagney picked up an Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of composer George M. Cohan in a 1942 film that lifted people’s spirits during World War II. His real-life sister, Jean Cagney, plays his sister in the film. Walter Huston plays his father, Rosemary DeCamp his mother and Joan Leslie his wife. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was chosen for the National Film Registry in 1993. Free. (540) 827-1079, Ext. 79994, or (202) 707-9994.

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