Happy Birthday America Takes Off
They grew up watching their famous dads perform on stage. And one of the biggest performances that both Wil and Langdon Reid loved was Happy Birthday USA. When The Statler Brothers retired this beloved show in 1994, neither Wil nor Langdon could ever have guessed that 23 years later they would be asked to take the Staunton mic, picking up where their dads left off.
Enter Wilson Fairchild, cousins Wil and Langdon Reid’s band. “When you add Staunton plus the Fourth of July, it equals the Statler Brothers,” Langdon said. “For us to now be carrying that torch, it is very special.”
The duo first performed last year to an enthusiastic crowd. And this year promises to be even better. Both Wil and Langdon hope to blend old traditions while creating a few new ones.
What to Expect from the Happy Birthday America Event
There are several traditions that the duo are firm about keeping. Moving the show back to Moxie Stadium is one. (It wasn’t held there last year.)
Keeping the three-day event a family and community affair is another, as well as honoring our country. And, as in the past, Happy Birthday America will feature a parade, a 5K race, a country music concert, and to end the evening, a fireworks display.
From a pageant on the 1st, followed by a Vesper Service on the 3rd with keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Marsh, a well-known and respected physician in the area, to a full day on the 4th, guests of the Inn at Old Virginia, can expect to see the very best of small town living. Get the full schedule here.
All of us here in Staunton are absolutely delighted that Wilson Fairchild has decided to revive this much loved annual celebration. A true celebration of music and patriotism, the duo’s music is rooted in traditional country music, and sometimes a touch of humor, as you can see in this clip.
When you make your reservations with us, you’ll only be a couple of miles from the festivities. You can enjoy all of the entertainment and then return to the Inn to unwind. Make plans now to enjoy Happy Birthday, America!