June 24, 2019

James Monroe’s Highland Commemorates Independence Day, July 4, 2019

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — James Monroe’s Highland will host celebratory events and offer free grounds access on the Fourth of July to commemorate the birth of the United States of America and observe the anniversary of James Monroe’s death on July 4, 1831. Visitors of all ages can enjoy family activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., an ensemble from the Heifetz International Music Institute will entertain the crowd with a variety of patriotic tunes. Access to grounds, family activities, and the concert are all free on Independence Day.

James Monroe was a veteran of the American Revolution, where he fought alongside George Washington. His long career in public service was launched during the war, and continued through a significant list of elected and diplomatic roles. After two terms as U.S. President, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831, exactly five years after the simultaneous deaths of Jefferson and John Adams. In 1858 his body was reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
“The Highland Independence Day concert and celebration has become a favorite community event,” said Highland Executive Director, Sara Bon-Harper. “We are pleased to once again host the talented young musicians from Heifetz International for an afternoon of inspiring performances.”
Fourth of July picnics are welcome at our fifth president’s home.

About The Heifetz Institute at Mary Baldwin College

The mission of the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College is to develop the expressive potential of every performer. Through the innovative and cross-disciplinary Heifetz Performance & Communication Training ©, the Institute teaches musicians to communicate the emotion of music, beyond mere technical agility and beautiful playing, to explore their creative potential, and to redefine the concert experience. Founded in 1996, The Heifetz International Music Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. As a six-week summer program, the Institute is founded upon the revolutionary educational concept that young musicians can be taught to communicate the emotion of music, beyond mere technical agility and beautiful playing.

About James Monroe’s Highland
Highland, the home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Purchased by Monroe in 1793, the property was home to the Monroe family for nearly 25 years. Highland interprets the period of Monroe’s public career, including the historic experiences of enslaved African Americans who lived on the property. Acquired by William & Mary (Monroe’s alma mater) in 1974, Highland offers tours each day, hosts community and private events, and features a robust museum shop including a Virginia Artisans Room. For hours, directions and more information, visit highland.org or call 434-293-8000.