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Colonial Williamsburg events are like no others in the world

Special Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled ongoing events in the Historic Area, we invite you to join us throughout the year for various special occasions and events.

July 4 Celebration

Celebrate our Nation's Independence

July 4

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.

Grand Illumination

December 2, 2018

Grand Illumination

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. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations.