Thursday, February 29, 2024

Just in time: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will have a ‘Liberty Celebration’

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Here’s something you can do for the Fourth of July:

Salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown reopens Wednesday with some adjustments due to coronavirus concerns.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence, as well as those for whom the new nation’s rights of freedom and liberty did not apply, according to a news release from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • See a rare July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence duplicated in mass to spread the word of liberty from town to town featured in an immersive gallery exhibit surrounded by signatures of this famous document’s signers.
  • Catch “Liberty Fever” – the museum’s introductory film, shown throughout the day in the main theater.
  • Take part in patriotic programming in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.


Liberty Celebration, supported in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund, is included with museum admission: $15.25 for adults, $7.75 for youth ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for ages 6-12. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

The Yorktown Trolley will offer free shuttle service to Historic Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

For more information about Liberty Celebration and other programs and safety and social-distancing protocols at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visit


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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