Celebrate Independence Day in the Historic Triangle

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Independence Day is right around the corner and a number of area attractions have prepared special programming for the holiday:

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg has a full day of programming July 4, with some events targeted toward the holiday:

Between noon and 12:45 p.m., a reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the Courthouse Steps.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will play at the Market Square North, behind the Courthouse.

Between 8 and 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led by Jo Ann Falletta, will play on the Palace Green. Tickets are required for preferred seating and cost $45.

From 9:20 to 9:30 p.m., a fireworks display will be visible from Market Square or Palace Green. A torch-lit march of the Fifes and Drums will take place afterward, beginning on Palace Green, down Duke of Gloucester Street and ending on Botetourt Street.

For more events taking place July 4, visit Colonial Williamsburg’s online calendar.

Busch Gardens

IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, which runs from July 1 through Aug. 11 is in its fifth season.

A fireworks display on July 3 and 4 will celebrate Independence Day.

On July 3 and 4, the 4th of July Picnic will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Black Forest. Fireworks viewers can watch the show from a river cruise as part of IllumiNights on the Rhine. Also, Fireworks Spectacular on the Rhine is an extended version of the cruise.

The IllumiNights program features nightly fireworks and a number of shows. The new Killarney Kommotion will be hosted in Ireland and Giardino Magio will take place in Italy. Performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and the Tour de Force: Fireworks Finaleat will take place nightly at 9:30 p.m.

The Dessert & Fireworks Buffet takes place Thursdays through Sundays with an all-you-can-eat buffet in France.

For tickets and more information, visit Busch Gardens’ website.

WATA Trolley Service

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority’s trolley service will be increased for the July 4 holiday, putting more trolley buses in service.

Rather than the current 30-minute loop, the trolley will increase its frequency to a 15-minute loop.

Trolley service begins as noon and runs until 11 p.m.; passengers can ride all day for $2.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the first 200 children on the trolley will receive a patriotic glow necklace or bracelet.

Yorktown Victory Center

“Liberty Celebration” at Yorktown Victory Center will celebrate Independence Day between July 4 and 6:

Tactical and artillery drills will take place daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Between 2:05 and 3:35 p.m., “The Price of Liberty” will take place at the re-created 1780s farm, teaching visitors about the sacrifices of the Americans who declared independence from Great Britain.

At 11:05 a.m., 1:05 p.m., and 3:05 p.m., artillery demonstrations will take place in the re-created Continental Army encampment.

At 4:05 p.m., costumed interpreters will take up arms for a tactical drill and participate in a wooden musket drill.

At 10:35 a.m., visitors can learn about the transition from farmer to soldier in the re-created farm.

At 12:35 p.m., visitors will learn about contributions from other cultures to American cooking, as well as the origins of apple pie in the farm kitchen.

At 5:05 p.m., spinning and textile demonstrations will take place.

Find out more information, including ticket information, online.

York County

Yorktown will also host an Independence Day celebration July 4.

At 8 a.m., the Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run/5k Walk will take place at York High School.

At 9 a.m. there will be a parade on Water Street featuring the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown.

At 4 p.m. event parking opens at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street.

At 4:30 p.m. food concessions from the DARE program will open at Chischiak Green.

At 7 p.m. the Sounds of the Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place at Riverwalk Landing.

At 8 p.m. the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will perform at the Riverwalk Landing stage.

At 9:15 p.m. a fireworks display will be held over the York River.

The Yorktown Baptist Church will be providing free bottled water from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also get refreshments, nursery services and face painting during that time.

The York County Historical Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4.

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  1. The CW calendar that you link to doesn’t show any activities for the 4th. Even when you put in the date and choose “holiday”.

  2. Don’t like the heat or bugs or traffic of traditional fireworks displays? Come to the Abbitt Planetarium at the Virginia Living Museum on July 4 for dazzling laser “fireworks” in “Spirit of America!” This awesome laser show features patriotic music as well uniquely American rock ‘n’ roll. Fun for the whole family, it makes an excellent addition to any Independence Day celebration.

    Full 45-minute playlist performed for each show – see the playlist at http://www.thevlm.org
    Showtimes: 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9pm
    Cost: $6 per person, $3 members
    Shows tend to sell out early, purchase your tickets in advance by calling 595-1900.

    The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Take exit 258A from I-64 and make the first left after you cross over Jefferson Ave. Once on site, follow the red rope lights to the Wason Education Center and planetarium box office. For more information, call us at 595-1900.