Sunday, October 1, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate America’s birthday ––– all day long

Members of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
Members of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating Independence day (well, on July 4) with its annual fireworks display and other activities.

“America’s birthday is an opportunity to reflect upon our Nation’s founding,” said Mitchell B. Reiss, president and CEO of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “It is also an opportunity to reflect upon our Nation’s enduring story: where we have been, where we are today and what the future holds for us as Americans.”

Chair tickets are available for the fireworks show for $25 each.

This year, Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and a Revolutionary in Residence, will read the poem, Independence Day: An Invitation and sing the national anthem live at the fireworks event, according to the nonprofit’s news release.

The annual fireworks display will feature classic American music and recordings by The Gentlemen of the College of William & Mary and The Watermans, Colonial Williamsburg’s tavern troupe.

Here is a timeline of the day’s events below and those with an asterisk are included in admission to Colonial Williamsburg.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the McKenzie Apothecary Orchard on Palace Green and the fireworks soundtrack will be available to stream live on FM 93.5 THE BURG and AM 740 WMBG.

For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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