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Frequently Asked Questions

Guests attending the ceremony will park at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and then ride a shuttle bus to Monticello.

Buses will run between PVCC and Monticello throughout the morning and return shuttles will run until 2:30 p.m. If you would like to be on the mountaintop for the entire ceremony, we recommend registering for a morning shuttle no later than 8:15am.


Those with government-issued disabled parking permits will be allowed to park at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello.

All guests will go through a security screening. All bags, purses, backpacks, diaper bags, waist packs, etc., will be examined for prohibited items.

Prohibited items include:

  • All weapons, including firearms, knives, or sharp objects.
  • Placards, signs, or banners, including flags on poles, that cannot be stowed in a small bag.
  • Clothing that contains offensive or abusive language or symbols is not permitted.
  • Bags and containers larger than 11” X 15” X 6” (28 X 38 X 15 CM).

Please leave all prohibited items in your vehicle at PVCC. Those arriving at the Monticello visitor center with prohibited items will be required to shuttle back to their vehicle before being admitted to the event.

House tours will be offered during and after this event. Separate ticket required. Explore our tour options and purchase your tickets here.

Guests are encouraged to bring ponchos or raincoats, if rain is in the forecast. Should there be a thunderstorm, guests will be asked to seek shelter off of the West Lawn, at the direction of Monticello staff and security.

Only certified service animals are allowed on the property on July 4.