Monday, June 28, 2010


Let the Independence Day Celebration begin! In Charlottesville you can do it all on the Fourth of July -- stay at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, enjoy wine tasting and special events at our fine local wineries, the annual naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and fabulous fireworks.

First, wine tasting -- King Family Vineyards and First Colony Winery are nearby and are treating guests to special events. King Family Vineyards will celebrate with new vintages complimented by light hors d'oeuvres, cheeses, and live contemporary jazz from local favorite Peter Richardson.

First Colony Winery will host its second annual Bluegrass and Burgers Fourth of July celebration. Live music, great burgers and excellent wine. What's not to enjoy?

Keswick Vineyards are celebrating with a Reds, Whites and Bluegrass festival. Bring a picnic, spread a blanket, open some bottles of Keswick's reds and whites and listen to live bluegrass by the popular Rock River Gypsies.

Second, welcome our new citizens --  Monticello's 48th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony including patriotic music and color guards. Tracey Ullman, actress and comedienne will be the featured speaker. Ceremony begins at 9:00 AM. Gates open at 7:30 AM. This ceremony to welcome our new citizens at Thomas Jefferson's home is one of the most moving and patriotic events that you can experience.

Last but not least, fireworks! -- The City of Charlottesville presents its annual fireworks show at McIntire Park. Here's the scoop: Gates open at 6 pm for an evening of fun and entertainment with food and local bands. Park free at Charlottesville High School and take the shuttle from the County Office Building to McIntire Park. Fireworks begin one minute after dark!
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