July 4th Events in Colonial Williamsburg- 2018

There’s no better place to celebrate our nation’s birth than on historic Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg VA. Enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on activities for the kids, and a dazzling fireworks display to cap the evening.

In addition to daily Historic Area programming, there will be a READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by young Thomas Jefferson at 9:30 a.m. from the Capitol building’s West Balcony and a noontime READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by members of the 18th century Williamsburg community on the steps of the Colonial Courthouse. Both events will feature a performance by Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. At 10 a.m. on Market Square, A SALUTE TO THE STATES will feature a special muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Our signature Independence Day program, LIGHTS OF FREEDOM, is staged on Palace Green and begins at 9 p.m. This joyful celebration of pomp & ceremony includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence by young Thomas Jefferson from the Governor’s Palace balcony, a torch-lit Patriotic Procession featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums, and an Audience Sing-Along of Americana favorites, culminating in the grand fireworks display.

There will also be a special Independence Day Summer Breeze concert on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg beginning at 4 p.m.

And in the air-conditioned comfort of the Hennage Auditorium, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., enjoy BRISTOL VIRGINIA AND THE BIG BANG OF COUNTRY MUSIC, a one-hour program celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, which are often referred to as the Big Bang of country music. These recording sessions in Bristol, Virginia made the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and several other early country artists famous. Join Henley Fork to enjoy classic country music from Virginia and North Carolina recording artists from the late 1920s performed with style and energy on mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. Henley Fork is Doug Austin, Brian Forsman, and Lynn and Barry Trott. This program requires an addition $5 program ticket ($3 youth and child).


The best location for viewing is on Palace Green. Guests may purchase Premium Fireworks Seating. The fireworks may also be seen from Market Square and the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

See the article for more information on the events for 4th of July in Colonial Williamsburg.



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