Charlottesville & Albemarle County will be teeming with events and 4th of July celebrations this holiday weekend! From fireworks on Carter Mountain, to celebrations by the historic James River in Scottsville, there's something to experience for everyone!

Saturday, July 3

38th Annual Kiwanis Independence Day 5K

Race starts at 7:30 a.m. Register online by July 2 / $30.

•    Packet pick-up at Lakeside Middle School (formerly Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle School, 2801 Powell Creek Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911) July 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and July 3, 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
•    Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
•    Runners and walkers of all abilities welcome

Scottsville Annual Independence Day Celebrations @ Downtown Scottsville, Uptown Scottsville Shopping Center and Dorrier Park

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
•    Annual Fireman’s Parade @ 9:00 a.m.
•    Scottsville Museum open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•    Classic Car Show 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
•    Live Music with Mojo Pie and Will Overman 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Independence Day Concert at James Monroe’s Highland 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE and open to the public
•    Concert by classically-inspired ensemble from the Heifetz International Music Institute 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•    Limited seating available under Hilltop Pavilion or bring blankets and lawn chairs to maximize social distancing in the Pavilion Yard.
•    Regular, ticketed admission ($10 per person) available throughout the day with guided history walks of the property at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
•    No pets allowed.

Annual Crozet Independence Day Parade and Celebration

In Downtown Crozet and Claudius Crozet Park Annual Fireman’s Parade 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Activities at Claudius Crozet Park 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. / $5 per person admission.
•    Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. at Crozet Elementary School and travels Crozet Avenue to Claudius Crozet Park.

Activities at the park include:
•    Live music by local band Jacabone and family friendly activities
•    Traditional Fourth of July refreshments available for purchase
•    Fireworks about 9:30 p.m.
•    No pets allowed

Other fun activities on July 3 include:

Farmers Market at IX Art Park, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Charlottesville City Market, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Live Music at Eastwood Farm and Winery, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Porch Dogs performing plus Corn Hole Tournament throughout the day.
Live Music at Pro Re Nata Brewery, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Dark Waters Project performing.
Live Music at Albemarle CiderWorks, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sue Harlow performing. Reservations are encouraged.
Live Music at Hark Vineyards, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FarAway performing and Firefly on the Fly food truck.
Live Music at Knight’s Gambit Vineyard, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Ragged Mountain String Band performing and Martin’s Grill food truck.

Anna Quillon fireworks
(Photo credit: Anna Quillon)

Sunday, July 4

Monticello's Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony (Virtual Event)

This virtual event will take place at 1:00 p.m and will share highlights from past naturalization ceremonies at Monticello - the longest running naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom. This event will feature inspiring remarks from speakers and staff, and reflect on ideals from the Declaration of Independence. This event will be streamed at​

Reds, Whites and Bluegrass at Keswick Vineyards

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
•    The winery is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Event hours are Noon – 4:00 p.m.
•    Performances by Tara Mills Band
•    Food Trucks will include Martin's Grill, Popitos Pizza and BlackJack Soul Food

Charlottesville Tom Sox v. Waynesboro Generals at Crutchfield Field at Charlottesville High School 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free admission and parking.

Happy Birthday, America! at Carter Mountain Orchard 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets required / purchase online in advance
$20 per adult / $10 per child
•    Family friendly activities
•    Live Music by Root Cellar Remedy
•    Food trucks will include Vision BBQ, 106 Street Food and Blue Ridge Kettle Korn
•    Viewing of local fireworks around 9:00 p.m.
•    No dogs or other pets permitted
•    All grounds will close at 10:00 p.m.
•    All activities are subject to change due to weather. Rain date is Monday, July 5

Summer Celebration Series at Boar’s Head Resort (Starts at dusk)

FREE and open to the public
•    Outdoor screening of movie Tenet
•    On the lawn next to spa

Celebrate Us! Charlottesville Fireworks

This local fireworks display will start around 9:00 p.m. Fireworks will be launched near Carter Mountain and can be viewed throughout most of the City of Charlottesville and southern parts of Albemarle County.

Other fun activities on July 4 include:

Roseland Polo at King Family Vineyards, weather permitting. Winery opens at 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., polo match starts at noon.
BBQ lunch at Hark Vineyards, noon – 4:00 p.m.
Family Sunday at Eastwood Farm and Winery, noon – 5:00 p.m.
Live music at Pro Re Nata Brewery, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eric Wayne Band performing.
Live Music at Glass House Winery, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Berto and Vincent performing.
Live Music at Meriwether Springs Vineyard and Brewery, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dillon Norbeck and Us performing.
Live Music at Potter’s Craft Cider, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mighty Joshua and The Zion #5 performing / $10 - $15 admission.

July 4th Openings and Closings:

These major attractions will be open on July 4:

Mobile Visitor Centers
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
James Monroe’s Highland
James Madison's Montpelier
Michie Tavern
Dairy Market
Carter Mountain Orchard
Chiles Peach Orchard
Charlottesville Area Transit does not offer Sunday service during COVID-19 restrictions. They do not plan to make an exception for July 4.

These major attractions will be closed on July 4:

Virginia Discovery Museum
McGuffey Art Center
Fralin Museum of Art
Small Special Collections Library
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
Some local vineyards close for July 4, so double check operating hours before heading out!

Happy Independence Day from all of us here in Charlottesville & Albemarle County! We can't wait to welcome you soon!