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Experience Fourth of July with InnVirginia

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

It’s no doubt that the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday among Americans, not only because it celebrates our rich history and our independence as a nation, but also because it always includes a number of festive activities—cookouts, barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks.

  1. Blacksburg, VA: Wave your flags at a downtown Blacksburg parade from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Then don’t miss a FREE movie (“The Lorax”) at The Lyric Theatre. The evening will provide live music and then culminating is a fantastic fireworks display, which starts at 9:30. InnVirginia Lodging: The Oaks Victorian Inn, Beliveau Estate, Clay Corner Inn.
  2. Virginia Beach: With a name like “Stars & Stripes Explosion,” you know that this festival will be bringing the patriotism! This celebration includes tribute bands, Broadway showtunes, folk music and more, all climaxing with oceanfront fireworks. InnVirginia Lodging: Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, Page House Inn, Barclay Cottage Bed & Breakfast.
  3. Charlottesville: Not only does Monticello’s Fourth of July celebration take place at the home of Thomas Jefferson, it also includes an annual Naturalization Ceremony to welcome new US citizens from around the world. (Tickets to this events are free but are claimed quickly and early, so be sure to reserve yours now!) InnVirginia Lodging: Cedar Hill Cottage, Inn at Monticello, Dinsmore House Inn.
  4. Lexington: Have you ever celebrated Independence Day with a balloon rally? Well, now’s your chance! Held on the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, you can enjoy everything from piloted or tethered balloon rides, food vendors, an antique car show, and live music. But one day of celebration isn’t enough for Lexington, VA; these festivities take place July 2-5. InnVirgina Lodging: House Mountain Inn, Herring Hall Bed & Breakfast, Brierley Hill B&B.

These are only a few of the many Fourth of July festivals coming up in Virginia. Click here to see a more extensive list, and don’t forget to top off your celebrations with a stay at an InnVirginia B&B!

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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