Thursday, February 29, 2024

Grand Illumination Fireworks Kick Off the Holidays in Williamsburg

(Image courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — Grand Illumination returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area for three consecutive Saturday evenings this December as part of a series of holiday programming that is free and open to the public.

Colonial Williamsburg will illuminate the night sky above both the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol on Dec. 2, 9, and 16 simultaneously at 7 p.m.

In the 18th century illuminations — the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks — celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor.

The official start of Grand Illumination holiday programs throughout the Historic Area is at 5 p.m. and each evening includes seasonal music, the lighting of the cressets, and a procession led by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are permitted.

A complete list of Grand Illumination FAQs including parking and transportation information can be found at the link above.

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