How to Celebrate Independence Day, the Williamsburg Way

When it comes to our nation’s birthday, few places around the country are better at celebrating than Williamsburg. With rich stories of the past around every corner, Williamsburg is the perfect setting for a patriotic holiday filled with fireworks, food, and a salute to all things red, white, and blue. Ready to plan your trip? Let’s get started!

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The museum’s “Liberty Celebration” marks the 245th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A rare broadside of the historic document – duplicated in mass order to spread the word of liberty from town to town – will be on display. Visitors at the museum can watch recreations of artillery and military drills and much more in the outdoor amphitheater.


Colonial Williamsburg

Musical Performance – Saturday, July 3rd, 8 p.m.

Join The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band as they celebrate the birth of our nation with a performance on the lawn in front of the Art Museums.


Historical Reading – Sunday, July 4th, 9 a.m.

The day starts with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson on Capitol Circle in the Historic Area.


Theatrical Performance – Sunday, July 4th, 4 p.m.

Later in the day, learn about African American perspectives on the Declaration with “Created Equal,” a theatrical performance on the Charlton Stage.


Fireworks Show – Sunday, July 4th, 9:20 p.m.

As the day comes to a close, grab your seat for the show-stopping fireworks display as it lights up the evening sky above Governor’s Palace. 


Busch Gardens' Summer Nights - Friday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 4th

Don't miss two exciting concerts this weekend featuring Carly Pearce on Friday and two tribute bands, In the Light of Led Zeppelin and Mr. Mojo Risin’, a tribute to The Doors, on Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy nightly fireworks and an expanded patriotic fireworks spectacular, Spark!, a dazzling nighttime party featuring an all-new electronic dance mix, pyrotechnics, and a laser light show, plus block parties which will be in full swing!


Alewerks - Saturday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 4th

Celebrate the release of Eagle Air Guitar, a hazy IPA that pairs perfectly with food, friends, and fireworks. Grab a bite from FoodaTude and listen to live music by Hunter Pease from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday.


Historic Yorktown

Independence Day 8K Walk/Run – Sunday, July 4th, 8 a.m.

Kick off Fourth of July where General Cornwallis raised the white flag nearly 250 years ago. This event takes place in person and virtually. Proceeds from the event go towards the York County Historical Museum.


Patriotic Parade – Sunday, July 4th, 9 a.m.

Join your fellow patriots and line the streets of Yorktown as you cheer on performers, musicians, and civic groups in the annual event. The route starts at the Beach Picnic Area and ends at the Victory Monument.


Bell Ringing Ceremony and Patriotic Concert – Sunday, July 4th, 7 p.m.

Following a reading of the Declaration of Independence, join the York County Historical Museum for what has been a community tradition; a ceremony in which all 13 colonies are acknowledged. Also honored are the original signers from the Second Continental Congress, who together formed the United States of America. After the ceremony, a child from the audience will be chosen to ring the bell!

Fireworks – Sunday, July 4th, 9:15 p.m.

After the sun sets, you won’t want to miss the fireworks finale on the Yorktown waterfront. The colorful spectacular can be enjoyed anywhere, whether it’s a front-row seat along the waterfront or Main Street at the Victory Monument.


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