Constitution Day Celebration
& Taste of Freedom Wine Festival


Bring your family and friends to Montpelier on Saturday, September 20 for a fun day of balloon rides, live music, local food, beer, wine, and fireworks.

Held rain or shine on the historic grounds of James Madison's Montpelier. Picnic blankets and camping chairs are welcome. Festivities will begin at 10:00 am. Last admission at 7:45.

Access to the grounds is $10/car. Taste of Freedom Wine Festival tickets are $20/advance or $25/gate. Advance tickets will be available for purchase through the Orange County Chamber of Commerce website.  

Liberty Ride Horse Parade

10:00 AM – James and Dolley arrive escorted by the Liberty Ride Horse Parade.
10:30 AM – Riders depart from mansion's front lawn.

Discover James Madison's Montpelier

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM – Enjoy a complimentary tour of James and Dolley's beloved home. Learn more about Madison's greatest legacy in his newly refurbished library where the ideas of the U.S. Constitution first began. 

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM - Chat with Montpelier archaeologists to learn how we are discovering the real stories of the Madisons and Montpelier's enslaved community. 

Meet Your Hosts

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM The beloved home of James and Dolley was full of visitors at any given time during their retirement years, and Constitution Day is certainly an event they would have liked to celebrate with their neighbors. Look for them when you tour the mansion!

6:10 PM - Welcome remarks from Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of The Montpelier Foundation. 

Kids' Activities

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Face-painting, balloon art, magic shows, cooking and tool demonstrations, jugglers, and a dancing dragon. What more could a child want?

Wagon Rides

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Explore Madison's presidential estate like a 19th century visitor! This 10-minute circuit with Art Magner and his majestic Percherons, Prince and Jupiter, starts at the Temple.

Balloon Rides

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Enjoy a view from the top in a tethered hot-air balloon ride!

Voter Registration

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Sign up to vote! Teachers also have the opportunity to register for the nationally acclaimed civics curriculum, "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution," which helps students understand the history and principles of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Live Music

12:00 PM - Dusk 
Annie and Her Checkered Past
Duke Merrick
Military Band
...and more!

Specialty Food Vendors

Blue Ridge Pizza
The Pie Guy
Gregory's Grill
Sherri's Crabcakes
Carpe Donuts


8:15 PM Festivities will conclude with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico over the mansion's front lawn. 


Constitution Day Celebration

Taste of Freedom Wine Festival

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Enjoy tastings from local wineries, cider houses, and breweries.

$20/advance or $25/gate

Visit Taste of Freedom's website for wineries, cider houses and breweries listings and ticket information.