Cheers to You, America!
Happy Birthday, America! While most of the country celebrates you with you with flag-printed sleeveless tees, cans of PBR, and a box of Pop-its…we, here in Virginia, the very origin of our freedoms— do things a just a little better.
Our forefathers not only fought for, earned, and worked to define the amazing freedoms we enjoy today, they also had another vision. Thomas Jefferson, for example, dreamed that Virginia would produce and export wines that were as palatable as those made in Europe. He never saw his dream come to fruition.
Now, however, Virginia, as acknowledged by Trip Advisor, is a top wine destination. Our wines are exported both domestically and abroad. Virginia wines are wining international acclaim.
Below are a few notable events for this 4th of July weekend that celebrate the way our forefathers would have wanted: with, what else? Virginia Wine!
July 4th Celebrations
The Place: CrossKeys Vineyards
6011 East Timber Ridge Road
Mt. Crawford, VA 22841
The Event: 4th of July BBQ
July 4, 12:00 – 5:00PM – CrossKeys Vineyards
Cost : $25.00 – Wine Club Member Discount : $2.50 each on a max. of 6persons – pre-payment required for online tickets Purchase Tickets
Head to CrossKeys for an extra special 4th of July plated BBQ Lunch. A great activity for families to do before the Fireworks at night! Bill Vaughan and Friends will be playing from 12 pm to 3 pm. Advanced tickets are required.
Blackened Bone-In Chicken
¼ Rack of Ribs
Carolina Pulled Pork
Southern Style Potato Salad
Bacon Mac and Cheese
Fire Roasted Corn and Peppers
Home Style Corn Bread
The Place: Democracy Vineyards
585 Mountain Cove Road P.O. Box 451
Lovingston, VA 22949
The Event: Democracy Vineyards Celebrates the 4th of July with Ragtop
Celebrate Independence Day with Ragtop’s, Jim and Renee Oliphant, and their acoustic Classic and Folk Rock, New Country, Blues and American Standards.
The Place: The Winery at Bull Run
15950 Lee Highway
Centerville, VA 20120
The Event: Independence Day
Celebrate the 4th of July at the closest winery to Washington D.C. 12-4pm, there will be live music from The Ken Fischer Band, food vendors on location, and of course—all the wine you need!
The Place: The Winery at Kindred Pointe
3575 Conicville Road
Mount Jackson, VA 22842
The Event: Red, Wine, and Blue!
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Winery of Kindred Pointe! Cookout: They’ll have the firepits going for grilling! Pack a picnic and spend the day. There will be live music from Boo Snider from 5:30-8:30. You can even opt for their RV Wine Package: (Dry camping) – This includes an overnight stay, 2 free tastings with cheese plate, 2 wine glasses, and an additional 5% discount on wine purchases.
July 5th Happenings (Keep the fun going…)
The Place: Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Ln
Delaplane, VA 20144
The Event: The FarmFarm
“The FarmFarm” is a destination farmer’s market, local artisanal crafts fair, and small animal farm with local wine tastings, open on Saturdays and Sundays at the historic John Marshall Mansion on the beautiful Barrel Oak Winery farm starting May 31st. Connect with the land and meet all the great local farmers and crafts people! Hours are 11-6 on Saturdays and 11-4 on Sundays. Check out the coolest destination farmers market in the area!
The Place: Chateau Morrisette
3641 Black Ridge Rd. (MP 171.5 Blue Ridge Pkwy)
Floyd, VA 24091
The Event: Black Dog Rhythm & Vine Festival
Enjoy an afternoon of wine, food, art, and fun. Sip wine, shop around and bring a blanket to enjoy live music on a cool mountain afternoon. The Alternate Routes, known for their song “Nothing More” featured on the hit show NCIS, opens the festival followed by a headline performance by Paul Thorn who is currently promoting his recently released album, “What the Hell is Going On.” Admission includes music, winery tour, tasting and souvenir wine glass. Advance tickets are $25. (Advance tickets will stop being sold at 5:00 PM the Friday immediately before the concert date.) Tickets are $35 at the gate. Children (12 and under) accompanied by a paid adult admission are admitted at no charge! Young adults from 13 – 20 years of age admission price: $20. Gates open at 10 am. Please bring your own seating. Pop up tents and canopies welcome. Concerts are held rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds. Well behaved pets on a leash are always welcome. No picnic baskets, or outside food & beverage permitted.
The Place: Notavivia Vineyards
13274 Sagle Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
The Event: Notavivia Vineyards Open Bluegrass Jams
Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville, VA will host an open bluegrass jam 3 PM – 6 PM. Admission is free. All ages and players of every skill level are welcome; however, you must be 21 to consume alcohol. The event features Ashby Run. Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available.
The Place: Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
38906 Mt. Gilead Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
The Event: Stromboli and Wine
July 5th and 6th, head to the beautiful and historic Leesburg for a hard to resist wine and food pairing: wine and Stromboli. You can get a glass of wine to accompany your choice and a delicious Ham, Soppressatta and three cheese Stromboli for $15. While supply lasts.