9 FAMILY-FRIENDLY PATRIOTIC DAYTRIPS NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLEIt’s no secret Virginia is a top destination for historical attractions. This summer, consider taking the family on a daytrip (or several) to celebrate American patriotism. These attractions offer various tours, hands-on activities and special events. Many of these historic homes and museums even offer specific Independence Day events and exhibits, so be sure to plan your daytrip accordingly to make the most of your patriotic outing.
Patriotic Daytrip IdeasThomas Jefferson’s Monticello (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia at his home in Charlottesville. Guests can learn extensively about the history of slavery at Monticello, explore the exceptional gardens, participate in special events and more. Every July 4th, Monticello holds the annual Independence Day & Naturalization Ceremony at which more than 50 people are deemed new American citizens. The even features special speaker and it open to the public–registration required. monticello.org • (434) 984-9800 James Monroe’s Highland (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Also located in Charlottesville is Highland, the home of the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. Highland offers a variety of engaging group programs–including Slavery at Highland, Founding Friendships, Rediscovering Highland, and more–for adults and students. The annual Independence Day Concert & Celebration features the Heifetz International Music Institute and their classically-inspired ensemble. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and make a day of it! highland.org • (434) 293-8000
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Yorktown) 1–2 hour drive This museum does an excellent job of telling the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Indoor galleries feature period artifacts, immersive environments and educational films. In the outdoor areas, visit a re-created Continental Army encampment to learn about the life of a soldier and take in daily demonstrations on medical treatment, camp life and cooking, and see firings of a flintlock musket. Explore a Revolution-era farm, based on a real-life 18th-century family, to help with chores in the house, kitchen, tobacco barn, gardens and crops. At the annual Liberty Celebration, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence, as well as those for whom the new nation’s rights of freedom and liberty did not yet apply. jyfmuseums.org • (757) 253-4838 Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg) 1–2 hour drive A must-visit destination for all families, Colonial Williamsburg is the definition of a living history museum. The tour options and experiences are far too many to name, and rest assured there is something that will interest everyone in your group. There is no better place to celebrate patriotism than on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. The annual July 4th Celebration is a full weekend of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, and a dazzling fireworks display to cap off the special evening. colonialwilliamsburg.org • (888) 965-7254 Patrick Henry’s Red Hill (Brookneal) 1–2 hour drive Since 1944, Patrick Henry’s last home and burial site, called Red Hill, has been lovingly restored, maintained, and shared with the public. Red Hill keeps the spirit of the Voice of the American Revolution alive by inspiring a better understanding of Colonial history. America’s first patriot’s home is the perfect place to celebrate being an American. The Independence Day Celebration features a day of fun for kids, speeches, music and of course a nightcap of festive fireworks. redhill.org • (434) 376-2044
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