Charlottesville goes all-out for the 4th of July! There are parades everywhere, but the 4th in Charlottesville is an experience. We’ll hit the highlights, then get into the nitty-gritty. Sound good? Let’s start with the best view around:

Carter Mountain Orchard’s Happy Birthday, America! event is genius. They provide music, food, atmosphere, hayrides, a water balloon toss, and sack races. From the mountaintop, you can see most, if not all, of the fireworks displays. So no, Carter Mountain Orchard doesn’t have their own fireworks… they have everyone else’s! Happy Birthday, America! is free and open to the public.

Crowd at Monticello July 4th naturalization ceremony

Monticello’s 57th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony is a must-see for anyone interested in getting out of bed before noon. There were free, as in zero dollars or cents, tours of the mansion from 11:15am – 1:00pm (they may already be booked up). But wait! There’s more! Khizr Khan is this year’s keynote speaker. He’s a constitutional rights advocate, perhaps known best for his harrowing speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He joins a list of Naturalization Ceremony keynote speakers that includes former presidents, Dave Matthews (!), and a lot of other notable Americans.

Dave Matthews shakes hands at Monticello July 4th naturalization ceremony

Another great daytime event worth consideration is James Monroe’s Highland’s Independence Day Concert and Celebration, 11:00am – 4:00pm, also free and open to the public (noticing a trend?). Access to grounds is free 9:00am – 6:00pm too. House tours are ticketed. Family games and activities run from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Keep in mind that James Monroe’s Highland is pretty close to Monticello. You can visit both! And what better day to visit the homes of former presidents than the one that made presidents possible! It all fits!

James Monroe's Highland

Okay so fireworks: There will be a display at dusk in downtown Scottsville at the Scottsville Annual Independence Day Celebrations. Expect a fireworks display at dusk in McIntire Park as well. In past years, this McIntire Park event (Patriotism in the Park) has run from 5:00pm – 10:00pm and offered shuttles so folks can park at Charlottesville High School or the Albemarle County Office Building. Expect fireworks at the Boar’s Head Resort as a part of their Summer Celebration Series: Music on the Green and Fireworks event. Crozet will have fireworks as well, following their parade and a whole slew of 4th-related activities at Claudius Crozet Park.

Malcolm Andrews 4th of July(Photo Credit - Malcolm Andrews)

There are also many, many events at wineries around the county. Keswick Vineyards is hosting Reds, Whites and Bluegrass (clever!), Grace Estate Winery has an event called Fourth of July Special, Stinson Vineyards will offer a Thursday Tailgate, etc. etc. All winery events like this are—you guessed it—free and open to the public.

Anna Quillon fireworks

(Photo Credit - Anna Quillon)

 

~ Special thanks to Carla Mullen for compiling all this info! There’s thorough, and there’s thorough, you know? She’s the best. Below is a comprehensive list of things to do the week of the 4th! ~

 

Comprehensive List of Things to Do the Week of the 4th in Charlottesville:

On July 4:

36th Annual Independence Day 5K

Registration and start/finish line at Hollymead Elementary School (2775 Powell Creek Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911)

7:30 am

$30 day-of registration.

Details: Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville with Charlottesville Track Club and Better Living, Inc. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. Runners and walkers of all abilities welcome.

 

57th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

@ Monticello

9 am – Noon

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Parking is available at PVCC.  Shuttle reservations are recommended.  Shuttles start at 7:15 am and run every ½ hour.  Arrive about ½ hour early to allow time for parking and security. Bags and containers larger than 11” X 15” X 6” are prohibited beyond the Monticello Visitor Center; coolers, lawn furniture, animals, fireworks or firecrackers, tobacco products and all weapons are prohibited as well. Keynote Speaker: Khizr Khan, constitutional rights advocate and Gold Star parent, author of An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice. Free walk-through tours of mansion 11:15 am – 1 pm.  Once again, reservations for walk-through tours are recommended. Regular, ticketed house tours start at 1:30 pm and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Happy Birthday, America!

@ Carter Mountain Orchard

9 am – 9:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Carter Mountain isn’t firing off their own fireworks, but they are a great spot to view fireworks from the City and other communities. Mountain Grill Open Noon – 8 pm. Live Music by Lock Jaw 3 pm – 6 pm. Old Fashioned Sack Races – 4 pm. Hayrides: 5 pm – Dusk. Water Balloon Toss – 6 pm. Live Music by John Marshall Mays Band 6 pm – 9 pm. Viewing of Local Fireworks about 9 pm. All Grounds and parking lots will close at 10 pm.

 

Scottsville Annual Independence Day Celebrations

@ Downtown Scottsville and Dorrier Park

9 am – 9:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Annual Fireman’s Parade @ 9 am. Scottsville Museum open 10 am – 5 pm. Petting Zoo 1 pm – 3 pm. Car Show 1 pm – 4 pm. Live Music with Eli Cook Band and Jacob Paul Allen 5 pm – 9 pm. Fireworks @ Dusk.

 

Independence Day Concert and Celebration

@ James Monroe’s Highland

11 am – 4 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Free Access to grounds 9 am – 6 pm. Family Games and Activities 11 am – 4 pm. Concert by classically-inspired ensemble from the Heifetz International Music Institute 2 pm – 4 pm. Regular, ticketed house tours are first-come, first-served.

 

Reds, Whites and Bluegrass

@ Keswick Vineyards

Noon – 4 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: The winery is open 10 am – 5 pm.  Event hours are Noon – 4 pm. Performances by Old Dog New Tricks Bluegrass Band throughout afternoon. Food Trucks on site will include Spice Sea Gourmet and Farmacy. Wine will be available for purchase. Dogs are allowed.

 

Fourth of July Special

@ Grace Estate Winery

1 pm – 4 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: The winery is open 11 am – 5:30 pm. Performances by Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling 1 pm – 4pm. Food Trucks on site will include Blue Ridge Pizza, Continental Divide, Moe's BBQ & Sliced Cake. Wine will be available for purchase.

 

Thursday Tailgate

@ Stinson Vineyards

6 pm – 9 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: This is Stinson’s regular Thursday night event; it just happens to fall on July 4. The winery is open 11 am – 9 pm.  Event hours are 6 pm – 9 pm. Performances by Gallatin Canyon throughout evening. Bring your own food to grill or purchase meats from tasting room farm stand. Feel free to bring lawn games and picnic blankets. Children and leashed dogs are welcome. Wine will be available for purchase.

 

Charlottesville Tom Sox v. Waynesboro Generals

@ C-Ville Weekly Field @ Charlottesville High School

6 pm – 9 pm

Tickets: $2 per person or $5 - $10 per vehicle

Details: Stay past the game to view fireworks at Patriotism in the Park.

 

Patriotism in the Park

@ McIntire Park

Details for this event are still being organized but in past years it has run 5 pm – 10 pm with shuttles starting at 5 pm.

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Main parking is available at Charlottesville High School (walk through McIntire Park Trails to celebration) or at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road. There will be bus shuttles to and from the County Office Building. No parking available at McIntire Park or along the Route 250 Bypass. Evening includes family-friendly activities, bounce houses, live music and food vendors. Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz Eating Contest. Fireworks about 9 pm.

 

July 4th Openings and Closings

These major attractions will be open on July 4:

Downtown Visitor Center; Monticello; Michie Tavern; James Monroe’s Highland; Carter Mountain and Chiles Peach Orchards; Montpelier; and the Rotunda.

Also, CAT buses will run on a Sunday schedule, which means the Transit Building will be open 9 am until 5 pm, and only the Free Trolley and Routes 2, 9 and 12 will run on their Sunday schedules.

These major attractions will be closed on July 4:

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center in Crozet; the Crozet Artisan Depot; Virginia Discovery Museum; McGuffey Art Center; Fralin Museum of Art; Small Special Collections Library; and Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

Many local vineyards close for July 4, so double check operating hours before heading out.

 

Additional “Independence Day” Events

On June 29

Annual Crozet Independence Day Parade and Celebration

In Downtown Crozet and @ Claudius Crozet Park

5 pm – 6 pm Parade

6 pm – 10 pm Activities at Claudius Crozet Park

$4 per person admission.

Details: Parade starts at 5 pm at Crozet Elementary School and travels Crozet Avenue to Claudius Crozet Park.

Activities at Park include. Live music by local band Jacabone and family-friendly activities. Traditional Fourth of July refreshments available for purchase. Fireworks about 9:30 pm. No pets allowed.

 

Summer Celebration Series: Music on the Green and Fireworks

@ Boar’s Head Resort

7 pm – 10 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: On the lawn by the Boar’s Head Spa. Live music by Gallatin Canyon. Refreshments available for purchase. Fireworks at dusk.

 

Celebrate all week!

On June 30

Annual Independence Day Parade in Free Union

Start @ Church of the Brethren (4152 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA 22940)

End @ Free Union Baptist Church (4282 Millington Road, Free Union, VA 22940)

4 pm – 4:30 pm (Don’t be late or you’ll miss it!)

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Watch the parade from anywhere along the route in this little village. Participate in the parade – everyone is welcome!  Walk - with your dog or your kids or both!  Ride - in your convertible, on your horse, on your bike, on your lawn mower! If you plan to participate be at Church of the Brethren by 3:30 pm for instructions.

On July 2

Family Pops Concert with the Charlottesville Municipal Band

@ The Paramount

7:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: Musical instrument petting zoo for children starting at 7 pm until just before concert. Program to include the following: Star Spangled Banner; Walt Disney Overture; Music from Hercules; Concerto #1 with James Tobin, Clarinet Soloist; Looney Tunes Overture; Pixar Movie Magic; Over the Rainbow with Terri Allard, Vocals and Gary Green, Harmonica Soloist; Blues Brothers Review; Pirates of the Caribbean Highlights; and Globe and Eagle March.

On July 6

Reds, Whites and Blue Skies

@ Thatch Winery

Noon – 4 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Details: The winery is open 11 am – 6 pm. Performances by Howard Barnett throughout afternoon. Mouth Wide Open food truck will offer refreshments for purchase. Wine will be available for purchase.

 

Explore these other events that are scheduled for July 3 – July 7

On July 3:

•           First Wednesday @ King Family Vineyards, 5 pm – 8 pm, featuring music by South Canal Street Band and refreshments by local food trucks (free admission)

•           Wine Down Wednesday @ Keswick Vineyards, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring music by Tara Mills and refreshments by Gourmeltz (free admission)

•           Charlottesville Tom Sox v. Strasburg Express @ C-Ville Weekly Field @ Charlottesville High School, 7 pm (Tickets: $2 per person or $5 - $10 per vehicle)

•           Million Dollar Quartet @ Culbreth Theatre, 7:30 pm, play about recording session with legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, part of Heritage Theatre Festival (tickets $15 - $40 each)

•           The Tragedy of Carmen @ Grisham Hall @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, 7:30 pm, performance by the Charlottesville Opera (tickets $10 - $20 each) 

Celebrate all week, continued

On July 5:

•           Orchard Jams @ Chiles Peach Orchard, 5 pm – 9 pm (free admission)

•           Fridays After Five @ Sprint Pavilion, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring music by Cherry Red (free admission)

•           First Fridays Art Openings @ art galleries Downtown, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (free admission)

•           Live Music @ Grace Estate Winery, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (free admission)

•           Live Music @ Glass House Winery, 6 pm – 9 pm (free admission)

•           Charlottesville Tom Sox v. Staunton Braves @ C-Ville Weekly Field @ Charlottesville High School, 7 pm (Tickets: $2 per person or $5 - $10 per vehicle)

•           Million Dollar Quartet @ Culbreth Theatre, 7:30 pm, play about recording session with legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, part of Heritage Theatre Festival (tickets $15 - $40 each)

•           The Tragedy of Carmen @ Grisham Hall @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, 7:30 pm, performance by the Charlottesville Opera (tickets $10 - $20 each)

•           Public Viewing Night @ UVa’s McCormick Observatory, 9 pm – 11 pm (free admission)

On July 6:

•           Summer Celebration Series @ Boar’s Head Resort, Dusk, featuring screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet on 12’ inflatable movie screen; bring your own blanket or lawn chair (free admission)

•           Million Dollar Quartet @ Culbreth Theatre, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, play about recording session with legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, part of Heritage Theatre Festival (tickets $15 - $40 each)

•           Live Music @ Grace Estate Winery, 5:30 pm – 8 :30 pm (free admission)

On July 7:

•           Live Music by Robert Jospé @ Blenheim Vineyards, Noon – 4 pm, with Green Man Brewery and 106 Street Food Truck (free admission)

•           Live Music on the Hill @ Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, 1 pm – 4 pm, featuring ADAR (free admission)

•           Roseland Polo @ King Family Vineyards, 1 pm – 4 pm, confirm weather conditions morning of (free admission)

•           IX Park Beach Club @ IX Art Park, 1 pm – 4 pm (free admission)

•           Million Dollar Quartet @ Culbreth Theatre, 2 pm, play about recording session with legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, part of Heritage Theatre Festival (tickets $15 - $40 each)

•           Live Music @ Glass House Winery, 2 pm – 5 pm (free admission)