Friday, December 1, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg Celebrating July Fourth with Slate of Events

(Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate July Fourth with free admission, spectacular fireworks, music and special programming.

According to Colonial Williamsburg, 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.

(Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets and food to enjoy the concert. Visit 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. The fireworks will 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 will not offer a rain date for the July Fourth 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 Fourth information via text message, text FIREWORKS to 226787.  

In addition, Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to the Historic Area and Art Museums on July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

“The struggle for freedom — on both a national and a personal level — is a core component of America’s identity, and much of that struggle took place here in Williamsburg,” said Cliff Fleet, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, “Offering free admission on Juneteenth and July Fourth upholds our commitment to making Colonial Williamsburg’s educational resources accessible to as many people as possible so that together we can better understand our history and more effectively continue in our pursuit of a more perfect union.”

Visitors can pre-register to claim complimentary tickets at  

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