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. Main gate opens at 9:00. 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 are now available for online purchase here!
Liberty Ride Horse Parade
10:00 AM – James and Dolley arrive escorted by the Liberty Ride Horse Parade. This 11-mile trail ride is a fundraiser for Orange County Parks & Recreation. Click here to learn how to participate!
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!
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?
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 Visitor Center.
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Enjoy a view from the top in a tethered hot-air balloon ride! $10 adults/ $5 kids under 12
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Sign up to vote!
"We the People" Teachers & Alumni
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Teachers and alumni of the nationally acclaimed civics program, "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" are welcome to stop by the "We the People" tent for Constitution-themed games, snacks, and to catch up with old friends! Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 540-308-2063 to register.
11:00 AM - Dusk
Specialty Food Vendors
Blue Ridge Pizza
8:15 PM Festivities will conclude with a fireworks display over the mansion's front lawn.