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!
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!

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 Visitor Center.

Balloon Rides

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

Voter Registration

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.

Live Music

11:00 AM - Dusk 
11:00 - John Tracy
12:00 - Duke Merrick
2:00 - Ralph Rush
3:30 - Anne and Her Checkered Past
6:30 - U.S. Navy Band Commodores

Specialty Food Vendors

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

Family Ties and Pies


8:15 PM Festivities will conclude with a fireworks display 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.