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Charlottesville and Albemarle County is the Perfect Place to Celebrate the 4th of July Holiday

The destination, steeped in history, offers fun and meaningful celebrations throughout the region

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to consider Charlottesville and Albemarle County as the perfect destination to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. Steeped in history, with three presidential homes and a multitude of other historically significant sites, the Charlottesville area is the perfect setting for a memorable holiday. Several events will be taking place throughout the area, offering meaningful celebrations, which will be fun for the entire family.

For a celebration like no other, guests are invited to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, for "the great birthday of our republic" and the 55th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. David N. Saperstein, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom and prominent Reform rabbi, will be the featured speaker, addressing new citizens from around the world on this most special day. Following the ceremony, there will be a Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours of Monticello from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (walk-through tour reservations are first-come, first-served). For more information, visit

Keeping with the presidential theme, there will also be an Independence Day celebration at James Monroe’s Highland on July 4. This event will feature festive activities and offer free grounds access to commemorate the birth of the United States of America and observe the anniversary of James Monroe’s passing on July 4, 1831. Visitors of all ages can enjoy family games and activities from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Patriotic tunes will be played and picnics are welcomed at this family-friendly July 4th celebration. For more details, visit

Enjoy fireworks with a view at the “Happy Birthday, America” 4th of July celebration at Carter Mountain Orchard on July 4. This fun, family-friendly event takes place all afternoon with a variety of entertaining events such as a bike parade, hayrides, old-fashioned sack races, a water balloon toss, and even a watermelon seed spitting contest. After the fun and games, prepare to be amazed by the view of fireworks shows taking place all around the area from high atop Carter Mountain. Food, sweet cider, hard cider and wine are also available for purchase at this event. For more information, visit

Another 4th of July tradition in Charlottesville is the Patriotism in the Park event at McIntire Park. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for an evening of family-friendly fun with local food, local bands, and activities for kids of all ages. The spectacular fireworks show begins one minute after dark. More details can be found at

Those who prefer a small town atmosphere will enjoy the seventh annual Crozet Independence Day Parade & Celebration, set to take place on Saturday, July 1. Festivities include many activities for children, including bounce houses, a slide, and laser tag along with lots of good food, local beer and cider, plus live music by LockJaw. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Further details are available at In addition, the town of Scottsville, located in southern Albemarle County, will also be host to festive July 4th celebrations. There will be a parade set to take place at 9:00 a.m. on July 4, followed by live music, bounce houses and food vendors at Dorrier Park later in the afternoon. The evening wraps up with a fireworks display set to take place at dusk.

A complete list of events taking place in Charlottesville & Albemarle County can be found on the homepage at

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