Across this nation, Americans engage in all sorts of celebrations honoring our nation, its founding, and our freedom. A popular place to celebrate in Central Virginia is Patrick Henry’s Red Hill.

This year’s event will run from 3 to 9 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15. Admission is $10 per car; tickets are available both in advance and at the gate.

VIP tickets cost $10 per person and include the following perks: cake and ice cream with Patrick Henry’s fifth-great-grandson and premier fireworks seating. The Red Hill staff urges, “This add-on event fills quickly, so secure your VIP Event Tickets” on the website at https://www.redhill.org/event/independence-day-celebration-2/.

The organization’s website includes the following additional information. “Would you like to experience Independence Day at the final home of America’s first patriot? Come spend this Independence Day at the garden spot of the world, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill!”

Some useful tips include, “bring your lawn chairs or blankets to comfortably watch Patrick Henry give his speech at 7:00 and to watch the fantastic fireworks display at 9:15. You might also want to bring a flashlight to aid you after dark.

“Food vendors will be on-site to purchase dinner. The Brown Brothers will be performing throughout the day. www.thebrownbros.com A children’s face painter will be on-site, as well.”

Items that should NOT be brought to the event include “alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills, or pets; for safety reasons, all these are prohibited.”

And if you’re still not convinced, “Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, America’s first patriot’s home and burial site is the perfect place to celebrate being an American! Step back in time with us and help us celebrate Independence Day this July 4th!”

Red Hill is located at 1250 Red Hill Rd., Brookneal. The phone number is (434) 376-2044.

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

3:00 pm-9:00 pm Food vendors will be on-site; please bring cash

3:00 pm-7:00 pm Living History, Historic building tours, Children’s activities and face-painting, Brown Brothers Band will play

5:00 pm & 6:00 pm Quarter Place Tours

7:00 pm Patrick Henry Jolly, (5th great-grandson of Patrick Henry) will recite the “Give me Liberty” speech and read the Declaration of Independence

9:00pm Gate closes

9:15pm Fireworks begin