Open to the Public
No Event Ticket Required
Various Colonial Williamsburg venues
There's no better place to celebrate our nation's birth than on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, including public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on activities for the kids, and a dazzling fireworks display to cap the evening.
Gather with the citizens of Williamsburg on July 25, 1776 to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Only a few weeks ago, Virginia's representatives adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.
Commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our nation with this special militia muster saluting the 13 original states. The Fifes and Drums play, flags of each state are displayed, and muskets and cannon celebrate the significance of this historic day. Come, cheer, and be part of this celebration.
Join us for great food, beverages, fun games, and live music at the Chowning’s Tavern Independence Day celebration.
Mingle with Thomas Jefferson as you dine on a traditional Chesapeake Bay breakfast buffet, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, fireworks will be ignited at 9:20 p.m. from behind the Governor’s Palace. They will last about 20 minutes.
The best location for viewing is on Palace Green. Guests may purchase Premium Fireworks Seating. The fireworks may also be seen from Market Square and the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg does not offer a rain date for the July 4th Fireworks. We do not have a set time in cancelling the program if the weather is a concern. Communication on the status of the fireworks will be posted through social media sites.
Yes. In addition to daily Historic Area programming, there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by young Thomas Jefferson at 9:30 a.m. from the Capitol building’s West Balcony and a noontime reading of the Declaration of Independence by members of the 18th century Williamsburg community on the steps of the Colonial Courthouse. Both events will feature a performance by Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. At 10 a.m. on Market Square, A Salute to the States will feature a special muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Our signature Independence Day program, Lights of Freedom, is staged on Palace Green and begins at 9 p.m. This joyful celebration of pomp & ceremony includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence by young Thomas Jefferson from the Governor’s Palace balcony, a torch lit Patriotic Procession featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums, and an Audience Sing-Along of Americana favorites, culminating in the grand fireworks display.
Yes. There will also be a special Independence Day Summer Breeze concert on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg beginning at 4 p.m.
And in the air conditioned comfort of the Hennage Auditorium, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., enjoy Bristol Virginia and the Big Bang of Country Music, a one-hour program celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, which are often referred to as the Big Bang of country music. These recording sessions in Bristol, Virginia made the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and several other early country artists famous. Join Henley Fork to enjoy classic country music from Virginia and North Carolina recording artists from the late 1920s performed with style and energy on mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. Henley Fork is Doug Austin, Brian Forsman, and Lynn and Barry Trott. This program requires an addition $5 program ticket ($3 youth and child).
Yes. The fireworks music will be streamed and simulcast on radio station WMBG 97.7 FM.
The best place to park is at the Visitor’s Center parking lot.
Regular Bus Service (Historic Bus Service – all stops) will be available every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. From 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Limited Bus Service will be available between the Visitor Center and Governor’s Palace stop only. There will be no service between 8:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Regular Bus Service will resume at 11:00 p.m.
There is an accessible walking path to the Visitors Center from the Palace bus stop. This path will be closed between 8:30 and 11 p.m.
In addition to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area taverns and refreshment stands, food trucks will be located in two areas: Near the Peyton Randolph House on Nicholson Street and across from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Francis Street between Nassau and Henry Streets. All restaurants in Merchants Square will also be open.
Besides the regular restroom locations in the Historic Area, additional portable toilets are available within the vicinity of Palace Green. Please note that the restrooms within the Governor’s Palace Gardens and the structure at the corner of Scotland Street and Palace Green will not be available after 5 p.m. Public restrooms are also available in Merchants Square at the corner of Duke of Gloucester and N. Henry Streets, and in the Henry Street Shops.
Yes. The following items will not be permitted on Palace Green, Art Museum Lawns, or any other Colonial Williamsburg owned properties: