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.

Fireworks over the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg
Fireworks over the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg
Riverwalk Landing at night
Riverwalk Landing at night
Fireworks in Yorktwon
4th of July Fireworks display at Busch Gardens
4th of July Parade in Yorktown

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.

Fireworks Viewing

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 American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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

12 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial Williamsburg at the courthouse

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

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