Today is July 4th and if you’re like me, you woke up this morning thinking, ‘I don’t have any plans. I should probably plan better.’
No worries, our friends at The Daily Progress have you covered:
Carter Mountain Orchard celebrates Independence Day with live music beginning at 2 p.m., family activities and games beginning at 4 p.m., hayrides from 5 p.m. until dusk and local fireworks can be viewed from the mountaintop at dusk. (434) 977-1833.
» Charlottesville’s Patriotism in the Park begins at 5 p.m. with children’s activities, food, live music and fireworks at dark in McIntire Park. Parking is available at Charlottesville High School, the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road, and the public lot in front of the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad on McIntire Road. Shuttles from the County Office Building will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Details are available at cbs19news.com/features/fireworks. (434) 242-1919.
» Earlysville Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Earlysville Area Residents League, begins at 3 p.m. Viewers should assemble along Earlysville Road between Earlysville Forest Drive and Union Church. (434) 996-6159.
» Highland offers special Independence Day activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including patriotic tours of President James Monroe’s home, children’s activities, music and free access to the grounds. Heifetz International Music Institute will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. highland.org. (434) 293-8000.
» Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville holds an Independence Day 5K race to benefit Camp Holiday Trails at 7:30 a.m. at Hollymead Elementary School. Details and advance registration at cvilletrackclub.org/july-4.html. (434) 293-3367.
» Madison County Fourth of July celebration begins at 4 p.m. with pony rides, food and live music, and fireworks at approximately 9 p.m., at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria. (540) 923-4231.
» Monticello hosts an Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony with Andrew Tisch delivering the keynote address, and patriotic music will be performed by the Charlottesville Municipal Band, beginning at 9 a.m. A rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display. Parking with shuttle service is available at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Free public tours are offered from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details, including security procedures, are available at monticello.org. (434) 984-9800.
» Nelson County Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Front Street in Lovingston. (434) 263-7130.
» Scottsville Fourth of July festivities begin with a parade sponsored by the Scottsville Fire Department that travels down Valley Street and on to East Main Street at 9 a.m., followed by live music at the farmers market at 5 p.m. and fireworks over the James River at 9 p.m. (434) 286-9267.
» Stanardsville Fourth of July Celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade along Main Street followed by a community festival that includes a car show, concessions, live music and a fireworks display at dark. Details are available at stanardsville.org/4thofjuly. (434) 990-6511.
» Vietnam War Museum hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6265 Spring Hill Road. vietnamwarfoundation.org. (540) 832-3470.