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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.

Women's History Month

March 2018

Colonial Williamsburg

Celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with programming that provides insights into the lives of women from all social stations in colonial and Revolutionary Virginia, revealing their struggles and their aspirations. Each program is inspired by one or more period sources, either written by women, about women, or of significant relevance to 18th century women's lives.

Frivolity & Fireworks in the Garden

May 5, 2017

Mr. Jefferson's Palace Garden Party

Join us on May 4 for an immersive 18th-century garden party at the Governor’s Palace. Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson, guests will enjoy traditional music, dancing, theatrics, games, libations, fireworks, and a special concert from Broadway legend Betty Buckley! All guests are encouraged to wear 18th-century attire (costumes available for purchase and rent). Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

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. You'll enjoy torchlit musical performances, readings of the Declaration of Independence, hands-on activities, and stunning fireworks.

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.