The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and Williamsburg is featuring a variety of activities that will celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Visit Yorktown Victory Center for the Liberty Celebration, Busch Gardens Williamsburg for their IllumiNights fireworks spectacle and Colonial Williamsburg for a day of celebration. This 4th of July, make sure you visit Williamsburg for any of these exciting, patriotic celebrations.
At the Yorktown Victory Center, July 3-4 marks two days of history, reenactments and American patriotism. Revolutionary War re-enactors will be present both days from 9:00 to 6:00, demonstrating tactical and artillery drills, military exercises and more. Guests can discover the origins of some of the most popular American dishes, like apple pie, and travel through history back to the days of colonial America. There are interactive activities scheduled for the entire day. Train as a member of the Virginia militia, become a Continental soldier and try out some of the games of the past, including mancala, quoits and hoop and stick. All day long, you can go back in time for this incredible event.
Or, spend the day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where you can get your heart pumping on all of the exciting coasters. Then, enjoy all of the fantastic shows that IllumiNights present. Wunderbarn, Voila!, Giardino Magico and The Legend of Killarney will be performed in the various countries in the park, at Germany, France, Italy and Ireland. At the end of the night, after you’ve caught all of the spectacular shows, get comfortable for the fireworks display at 9:30. If you miss the IllumiNights excitement on the 4th, don’t worry, because they will be running from July 1 to August 19.
In Colonial Williamsburg, you can enjoy a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a scenic and relaxing picnic at Palace Garden, an incredible performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a stunning fireworks display to wrap it all up. The celebrations start at 10 a.m., with the fireworks show ending the exciting day at 9:30. Dining options are available at various taverns, including Chowning’s, Christiana Campbell’s, King’s Arm and Shields. There will also be a Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums march from the Capitol all the way to Market Square, a performance by the Heritage of America Band, United States Air Force, Langley and another performance by the Fifes and Drums on Palace Green. Finally, settle in for the main event, the fireworks show.
All of these 4th of July celebrations and more are available for your enjoyment in Williamsburg this year. Don’t miss out on the perfect way to celebrate the nation’s independence than with these action-packed, historical and entertaining events.
When you’re in Williamsburg, make sure you stay nearby the action. The Quality Inn At Kingsmill is a popular lodging option in the area that provides you with an affordable stay, many great amenities and easy access to any of the three celebrations. The Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg-Central is just over a mile away from Colonial Williamsburg and features both an indoor and an outdoor pool, as well as a hot tub. Spend 4th of July in enjoyment, ease and excitement this year in Williamsburg.