Merchants Square to Host Constitution Day Celebration

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The Colonial Fifes and Drums will perform as part of Thursday's Constitution Day festivities. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
The Colonial Fifes and Drums will perform as part of Thursday’s Constitution Day festivities. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution next week with the seventh annual “To Support and Defend” program in Merchants Square.

The USAF Heritage of America Band and the USA Training and Doctrine Command Band, both of which are stationed in Hampton Roads, will headline the program Thursday.

The Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums will also join in for “more than two centuries of musical performance practice,” a recent Colonial Williamsburg news release states.

The performance will include selections from famous American composures and patriotic standards.

Special music to commemorate historic events such as the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and the 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War will also be performed.

In addition to music, the event will also feature spoken word performances from Colonial Williamsburg interpreters portraying George Washington and James Madison.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The rain date is set for Friday.