Every July 4th, cities nationwide celebrate our nation's independence, and Lexington is no exception. Join us for a few days of excitement with a variety of events leading up to Independence Day. Be sure to stroll through our small towns for a true taste of Americana as you visit the boutique shops and art galleries, museums, and delicious eateries.
INDEPENDENCE WEEK: MONDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JULY4
Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County offer many family-friendly activities and attractions including horse drawn carriage tours, vineyards and breweries, drive-in movie theater, animal parks, historic sites, to name only a few. Pair a visit to an attraction with one of the many events for an Independence Week full of fun and festivities!
THURSDAY, JULY 1 - SATURDAY, JULY 3
The North Rockbridge Americana Trail is a consortium of farms, attractions, and shops with open doors for those looking to enjoy a beautiful backroads drive and warm hospitality. Grab a schedule and Trail Map to enjoy wine, beer, history, grains, lavender, antiques, and so much more along the way. Stretch it out with a cozy stay along the way.
Spectators are invited to watch the Equestrian Vaulting Championships and Cowboy Mounted Shooting Finale at Virginia Horse Center and the Cal Ripken 12/60 Virginia State Baseball Tournament at Brewbaker Field.
FRIDAY, JULY 2
Camping is a favorite pastime for many, and the Independence Day weekend is an especially fun time at area campgrounds. Whether you're camping at Cave Mountain Lake or simply secure an $8 day-use pass (per vehicle), make it a point to catch their Campfire Program at 7:30 p.m.
Friday nights are for double features at Hull's Drive-In, one of the few authentic movie drive-ins left in the country. Secure your spot with an online ticket purchase. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the first movie begins at 9 p.m. If you miss the Friday night movies, pick up a Saturday or Sunday spot!
FRIDAY, JULY 2 - SATURDAY, JULY 3
The view from a hot air balloon is incredible, and we're pretty fond of watching them gently float across our hills and mountains, too! Catch a ride in one of 12 departing from Oak Hill across from the Virginia Horse Center during the Balloons Over Rockbridge event. Enjoy live music by five bands, food and beverage vendors (including local wine and beer), games, crafters, and both tethered and piloted balloon flights both days. The Team RWB 5K Saturday will benefit a local veteran, if you have your running shoes handy and fancy a brisk jaunt for a good cause.
The Ed McDaniel Memorial Balloon Glow will begin Saturday night after dark to close out the event.
For a hot air balloon ride (not tethered), make a reservation.
SATURDAY, JULY 3
The annual Children's Bike Parade down Main Street Lexington rolls off at 11 a.m. Bring your kids and their bikes to begin decorating at 10 a.m. Make this long-standing community tradition your new tradition. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted. Children 12 and younger on bikes, please.
SUNDAY, JULY 4
Enjoy a stroll at Jordan's Point Park or view canal lochs along the Chessie Nature Trail, and stop in at Miller's House Museum, featuring Lexington's industrial & transportation history along the Maury River.
Looking for fireworks? Of course you are! From 7 to 11 p.m., Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista will host the July 4th Fireworks and Community Celebration, including a concert and dance at the Grand Stage Pavilion. Fireworks are scheduled for release at 9:30 p.m. Attend the concert for $5 per person (16 and younger are free). The fireworks can be seen for up to six miles and ideal local viewing spots are Vista Links, Camden Field, and of course, Glen Maury Park itself. Concessions are available at the Grand Stage Pavilion.