Posts Tagged ‘fourth of july’

Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks in Virginia

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Independence Day in the United States in less than a week away, and you’re probably already starting to make plans for family barbecues, grilling outdoors with friends, and bringing out the red, white, and blue décor. One favorite Fourth of July activity is, of course, the enjoyment of fireworks, a grand reflection of our anthem’s “rockets’ red glare.” With so many displays of fireworks, it may be difficult to choose which ones to attend, so we’ve compiled a couple of our innkeepers’ favorite places to watch Fourth of July fireworks:

Cynthia Bruce, innkeeper at High Meadows Vineyard Inn, recommends Scottsville for a “small town old-fashioned parade and HUGE fireworks show over the James River.” Scottsville’s Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. with other festivities such as vendors, bounce houses, and live music occurring throughout the day. The fireworks are lit at dusk, and the celebration goes out with a literal bang.

Carol Baker, innkeeper at Huffman House at Creekside Farm suggests Blacksburg, VA as a great venue for watching fireworks. Fourth of July festivities in Blacksburg begin with a downtown parade at 2 p.m. Enjoy live music at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and then finally, a fantastic demonstration of fireworks at 9:30.

Ann and Mark Hempen, innkeepers at Manassas Junction B&B praise their hometown for its Fourth of July fireworks: “Manassas has some of the most impressive fireworks displays in the state!”  After a day of carnival rides, an apple pie baking contest, and face painting, Manassas festivities end with fireworks at 9:15.

Already have a B&B room booked for Independence Day? Then check out Virginia is for Lovers’ interactive map of fireworks around the Commonwealth to see what activities are nearby your B&B lodging.

By Tara Stoll

15th Annual Rotary BB&T Fourth of July Balloon Rally, Lexington, VA

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Let me guess: Your fourth of July usually includes some sort of family barbecue, a lot of red, white, and blue decorations, and maybe some fireworks. Sound about right? That’s fun and all, but why not do something a bit different instead of your same routine celebrations? For example, as you have already guessed by the title of this blog entry, there’s going to be a rally of hot air balloons in Lexington at the Virginia Military Institute’s parade grounds. If you’re a bit skittish about riding in a hot air balloon, don’t panic. They provide tethered balloons so that you can have the experience without the hesitation.

Although the hot air balloons are the main event, they are not the only attraction by far. There are also food vendors, face painting, an antique car display, and the ever popular “Eleanore’s MarketPlace,” which sells used items that are in excellent condition. Besides the event itself, Lexington is a wonderful city to explore, and a bus shuttle will be provided for those who wish to scatter about and investigate.

If you’re not sure where to stay during your trip to Lexington, fear not. We have some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area (we are the BBAV after all)! If you’re a fan of Victorian elegance, try the 1868 Magnolia House Inn.  For a unique, environmentally-friendly stay, try the Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking.


© 2011 The Reasons to be Entertained

By Tara Stoll