Celebrating Independence Day

Every July 4th, cities nationwide celebrate our nation's independence, and Lexington is no exception. Join us for a weekend of excitement with a variety of events leading up to Independence Day. Be sure to stroll the downtown and visit the boutique shops and art galleries, museums, and delicious eateries.


The weekend kicks off Friday, June 30 with The Rhondels taking the stage for Friday's Alive in Davidson Park. This free event begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. Concessions will be available.

Friday night also kicks off the weekend Virginia Haunt Fest at Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center. It promises to be a full weekend of "fun, frivolity, and frights," so if such creepy, haunted antics amuse you, this is where you'll want to be! Haunting Tales's - Lexington's Ghost Tour departs from the Lexington Visitor Center for a history-filled, family friendly walking ghost tour.

For an old school experience you probably haven't had in years (unless you're a community resident), head to Hull's Drive-In, one of only a handful of old drive-ins left in Virginia. Playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is Despicable Me 3 and The Mummy. Admission is $7 per adult and $3 per child aged 5 to 11.

Discover Lexington with the relaxing rhythm of hoofbeats – learn about our unique history and lore via horse-drawn carriage with Lexington Carriage Company!


#BucketList item: You have to experience at least one Saturday night under the stars at Lime Kiln Theater. On July 1, Love Canon brings driving bluegrass rhythms you won't want to miss. Opening for them is Courtney Hartman. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Before you head out to Lime Kiln for the show, check out our newest craft brewery. Located on a picturesque knoll in Natural Bridge, Great Valley Farm Brewery is pouring delicious, notable beers that are winning awards. On July 1, a popular food truck - Aaron's Smokehouse BBQ - will be on hand from 4 to 7:30 p.m.


Looking for fireworks? Of course you are! From 2 to 9 p.m., the Lexington Rotary Club will host the July Fireworks and Festival at the Virginia Horse Center. Entertainment will include SaraJane McDonald and Grammy-nominated The WannaBeatles, a Beatles Tribute Band known for their fun covers, parodies, and other antics. At dusk? FIREWORKS!


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 from the Virginia Horse Center during the Balloons Over Rockbridge event. Reserve your hot air balloon flight at 540-460-1901, or email flyballoons@yahoo.com.


Feel like running? The Balloons Over Rockbridge 5K takes off from the Virginia Horse Center at 8 a.m. Deck yourself out in red, white, and blue!

The 32nd Annual 4th of July 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.

Those gorgeous hot air balloons are high in the sky again for Independence Day! Launch from the Virginia Horse Center and float your cares away among the clouds with Balloons Over Rockbridge. Beginning at 4 p.m., both tethered and launched balloon rides will be available with live entertainment, Devils Backbone craft beer, Rockbridge Vineyards wine, firehouse BBQ chicken, food trucks, corn hole and other entertainment, and a beautiful evening balloon glow.


Today is the last day to climb aboard a basket with Balloons Over Rockbridge, the special event carrying passengers up, up, and away in hot air balloons for the Independence Day season. Reserve your hot air balloon flight at 540-460-1901, or email flyballoons@yahoo.com.


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