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Thousands Travel to Historic Lexington to Celebrate Nation's Independence Day

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Four Day July 4th Celebration Boosts Local Economy and Benefits Charitable Organizations

LEXINGTON, Va., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approves the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. More than two centuries later and it shouldn't surprise you that one of Virginia's most history laden cities pulls out all the stops to commemorate and celebrate America's Independence Day.

Main Street in historic downtown Lexington, Virginia

"Visitors travel to Lexington all year long to celebrate American history and there is no better time to enjoy historic icons such as Lee Chapel and Museum,  Stonewall Jackson House Museum and the Virginia Military Institute than during our annual Fourth of July Activities," Director of Tourism, Jean Clark said.

Now in its 18th year, Lexington's Fourth of July Activities, July 3 – 6, cannot be matched. Tens-of-thousands of visitors fill the city to enjoy four full days of history, celebration and entertainment that includes Lexington's famed Historic Carriage Tours and Ghost Tours, a community reading of the Declaration of Independence, the 4th of July Children's Bike Parade and the color and beauty of the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club's Annual Balloon Rally high above the VMI Parade Grounds.

"The Balloon Rally has become an annual tradition for families throughout Virginia," Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club Member Woody Sadler said. "There is so much to do over the four days. Visitors of all ages enjoy hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, children's games, live music, great food, the balloon glow and a fireworks show that is one of the finest in the region. The best part for us, however, is that it all benefits local charities."

The Annual Balloon Rally has raised more than $200,000 for Lexington and Rockbridge County non-profits, charitable projects and scholarships over the lifetime of the event.

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About Lexington, Virginia
The City of Lexington is listed as one Coolest Small Towns in America by Budget Travel and is ranked as one of the Best Small Towns to Visit by The small town has been named to several lists for great retirement, including a list by Forbes. In November 2013, Travel + Leisure named it one of America's Best College Towns. For more information on Lexington, visit

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