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Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2022 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Tickets will be available onsite all day on July 4th! 

Celebrate the 246th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with some good old-fashioned family fun at Thomas Jefferson’s Bedford County retreat. Enjoy colonial-style entertainment, demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftspeople, archaeological displays, old-fashioned children’s activities, pony rides, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and more! Grounds admission to Independence Day festivities is $10 for adults; children 15 and under are free. Guided tours of the octagonal villa are available for an additional fee day-of only.

July 4th Activities: 

Reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m. with Thomas Jefferson 


House Tours offered throughout the day. 

Tickets can be purchased on site the day of the event only. 

Tickets are limited, make sure to get your house tour tickets early! 

Adults (18+): $8, Youth (6-17): $5, Child (5 and under): Free

Blue Star Military Families and Poplar Forest Members: Free 


Timed Activities:

African American Folktales, Songs, and Story Telling with Dylan Pritchett (12:30 and 3:30)

Brickmaking Demonstrations (11:00, 12:15, 2:30 and 3:30)

Colonial Magician Jonathan Austin (11:15, 12:30, and 2:15)

Enslaved Community Talks (12:15 and 2:15)

Handmade History Demonstrations (11:15, 12:30 and 2:30)

Music Performances by Pete and Ellen Vigour (10:30, 12:30 and 3:30)

Music Performances by The Traveling Music Museum (11:30, 1:00, 2:30)

“The Declaration of Independence: A Historical Reflection” talk by David Dietrich (12:00)

“The House that John Built” talk by CJ Frost, Restoration Supervisor (2:30)


Ongoing Activities:

Museum Shop Sale (20% off) 

Archaeology Field School

Basket Making


Blue Ridge Daughters of the American Revolution Flag Handout 

Bucket Making

Colonial Flag Display

Common Stock Entertainments

Hill City Master Gardeners in Interpretive Garden

Historical Instrument Demonstrations

Pouch and Horn Makers

Pony Rides

Spinning Demonstrations 

Food Vendors: Kona Ice, El Cabrito’s, Upper Crust Pizza


July 4, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $10.00
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Poplar Forest
1776 Poplar Forest Parkway
Lynchburg, VA 24502 United States


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