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July 01, 2004|By Sarah Breitenbach

Hot-air balloons in the Shenandoah

See the vistas of the Shenandoah Valley this holiday weekend during the eighth annual BB&T Balloon Rally. Festivities kick off Saturday on the Parade Ground of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., with piloted balloon flights at 6:30 p.m. Flights will resume Sunday at 6 a.m. Sunday activities will also include tethered balloon rides, a vintage automobile display, fire truck ladder rides and children's activities.

The Rockbridge Choral Society will perform Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by local band Loose Change at 7 p.m. A 20-minute fireworks display will follow at 9:30 p.m. Piloted balloon flights will also be available Monday at 6 a.m.

Admission is free. Piloted balloon rides cost $150 and tethered rides are $10. Lexington is at the intersection of Interstates 64 and 81 in Rockbridge County, Va. Call 540-461-0006 or visit www.sun Balloon flights are subject to weather.

Independence Day at Mount Vernon

Visitors are invited to George Washington's plantation home in Mount Vernon, Va., Sunday for 18th-century patriotic music, a wreath-laying by the Sons of the American Revolution and the annual Red, White and Blue Concert performed by the National Concert Band of America. Free birthday cake.

Admission is $11 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and under. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is at 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway in Mount Vernon, Va. Call 703-780-2000 or visit

Philadelphia weekend

Celebrate the Fourth of July at America's birthplace with the 2004 Sunoco Welcome America Festival.

Dance the evening away tonight with the Philadelphia Salsa Congress. A free demonstration and lesson are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market streets.

Tomorrow is Kid's Day, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Festival Pier (Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street) at Penn's Landing. At dusk, head down to Penn's Landing (Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street) for a fireworks display over the Delaware River.

On Sunday, gear up for an Independence Day Ceremony at Independence Hall beginning at 10 a.m. Limited public seating is available. Call 215-683-2062 for tickets. Stick around that evening for the Sunoco Sweet Sounds of Liberty Concert and Fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks follow at 10:30 p.m.

For more information about these and other Welcome America! events, call 215-683-2200 or visit www

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