Spend the Fourth of July in Williamsburg
Fireworks? Picnics? Patriotic re-enactments of historical events? Greater Williamsburg has it all! Discover star-spangled family fun for the Fourth of July.
Celebrate the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence in the Greater Williamsburg Area! Fireworks have always been used to commemorate America’s independence from Great Britain, with the first being set off in Pennsylvania on the Declaration’s one-year anniversary. Check out the many places that offer firework displays in the area, and continue the celebration throughout July.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Market Square or Palace Green & Throughout the Historic Area.
- Fireworks display over the York River in Historic Yorktown
- Busch Gardens: Fireworks Spectacular
- Virginia Living Museum: Planetarium
- Two Rivers Country Club
Fourth of July Picnics
The Fourth of July is the perfect day for a picnic with your family, significant other, or even just yourself! We have put together a list of six picnic ideas for you to give a try this Fourth of July.
- Pick up lunch from a local favorite, The Cheese Shop, and take it down to the Governor’s Palace to eat in Colonial Williamsburg. Bring a blanket and eat your sandwich on the lawn.
- The Carrot Tree is a locally owned restaurant on Jamestown Road serving great cupcakes and desserts … which you can eat after you try their sandwiches and wraps! Have them wrap it up and take it about a mile down the road to the Colonial Parkway or Jamestown Beach.
- Drive on down to Yorktown and try some of the sandwiches and local seafood the Yorktown Pub has to offer. Take the food down to the Yorktown Beach, or on the Riverwalk Landing for a gorgeous view and a delicious lunch!
- You can’t go wrong with a burger and fries from Paul’s Deli. Take your food over to the Sunken Gardens at William & Mary for a shaded lunch that will not disappoint.
- If looking for some food to make your day even hotter, try El Tapito, a scrumptious Mexican restaurant. Take it over to one of the many park areas located in New Town. Don’t worry -- they will get you chips to go as well.
- Pick up some barbecue from Pierce’s Pitt and take it to Waller Mill Park. You can then spend the afternoon on the 343-acre lake, trying a variety of outdoor activities.
Other Fourth of July Activities
While waiting on the fireworks and looking for something to do before your picnic lunch, try one of the many activities the Greater Williamsburg Area offers during the day on the Fourth.
8 a.m. Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5k Walk at York High School
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center
9 a.m. Parade on Water Street with live music – Yorktown U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Band
10 a.m. Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums with musket and cannon salutes behind the courthouse
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fourth of July car show at Shorty’s Diner, with donations going to CHKD
12 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial Williamsburg at the courthouse
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Family night at Paint on Pottery
7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Riverwalk Landing stage in Yorktown
8 p.m. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) – Riverwalk Landing stage