Celebrate the Fourth of July, in Colonial Williamsburg, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate July 4 with spectacular fireworks as well as music and special programming. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration of Independence from the Capitol West balcony. Additional programming includes a Salute to the States with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums and a musket volley in Market Square at 10:30 a.m.; a noon reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Colonial Courthouse; and Lights of Freedom, a celebration of the words and music of the American Revolution, beginning on Palace Green at 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets and food to enjoy the concert. Visit colonialwilliamsburg.org/july4 for a full list of events.                

A fireworks display above the Governor’s Palace sponsored by the City of Williamsburg begins at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks last approximately 20 minutes and can be seen from Palace Green, Market Square and the eastern side of the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. 

Colonial Williamsburg does not offer a rain date for the July 4 fireworks. In the case of unfavorable weather conditions, communication on the status of the fireworks will be posted on the foundation’s social media channels. To opt in for weather related July 4 information via text message, please text FIREWORKS to 226787.  

For additional information about parking and buses for both holidays visit https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/visit/parking/

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