Get Tickets Early Wednesday to Bush Event on Friday

From the Monticello Website:

Free tickets to Monticello’s July 4 event will be distributed Wednesday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Free tickets to the July 4 event at Monticello that will feature the participation of President Bush will be made available to the public Wednesday (July 2).

Approximately 1,000 tickets to the 46th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Monticello Visitor Center building, located on Route 20 just south of Interstate 64. The tickets will be distributed as long as the supply lasts. No one will be admitted to the event without a ticket.

Tickets for the 10 a.m. event will be distributed only to adults (those 18 and older), but there are no age limits on attending the actual ceremony. There will be a limit of four tickets per person.

The holders of these tickets will park at Piedmont Virginia Community College and be transported to and from Monticello by bus. All ticketholders will be given a specific time to arrive at PVCC, with those arrival times beginning at 6:15 a.m.

The following items will be prohibited at the July 4 event at Monticello: duffel bags, suitcases, and backpacks; umbrellas; lawn furniture; coolers; bottled and canned beverages; animals (except service animals); aerosols of any kind; fireworks and firecrackers; real or simulated weapons and ammunition; knives of any size; tobacco products; mace; radio or other noisemakers; flags, banners, and signs of any type.

Because of the Independence Day event, Monticello will not open for tours until 1 p.m. on July 4.

Tours of the house will begin shortly after 1 p.m., with a revised format. Rather than conducting the regular tours of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello guides will be present in each of the rooms on the main floor to provide information and answer questions.

Monticello’s guided outdoor tours will be offered in the afternoon. Gardens and Grounds Tours will be conducted at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15 p.m.; and Plantation Community Tours will be conducted at 2, 3, and 4 p.m.

Monticello’s normal closing time of 5 p.m. will be in effect.

Additionally, all sections of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway, including its parking areas, will be closed until noon Friday.