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.
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.
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 Temple.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Enjoy a view from the top in a tethered hot-air balloon ride!
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.
12:00 PM - Dusk
Specialty Food Vendors
Blue Ridge Pizza
8:15 PM Festivities will conclude with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico over the mansion's front lawn.
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.