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July 4

July 4


Open to the Public


No Event Ticket Required

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.





4th of July American Cook-In

4th of July American Cook-In

Celebrate July 4 at the Williamsburg Lodge with an all-American buffet, music, games, and meet Liberty the Briard, Colonial Williamsburg’s mascot.



When will the Fireworks go off?

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.

Where is the best place to see the Fireworks?

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.

How far in advance do you cancel the firework show due to weather?

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.

Are there additional Independence Day activities besides the Firework show in the Historic Area?

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.

Will there be additional entertainment within the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation?

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).

If I am not on Palace Green, can I hear the patriotic soundtrack that accompanies the Fireworks?

Yes. The fireworks music will be streamed and simulcast on radio station WMBG 97.7 FM.

Where do I park my vehicle?

The best place to park is at the Visitor’s Center parking lot.

What is the Bus Schedule?

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.

How do I get to the Visitor’s Center if the Buses are not running?

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.

Where can I purchase food and/or beverages?

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.

Where are the Restrooms located?

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.

Are there any restrictions on what I can bring to the fireworks?

Yes. The following items will not be permitted on Palace Green, Art Museum Lawns, or any other Colonial Williamsburg owned properties:

  • Tents
  • Pop-up tents
  • Oversized umbrellas
  • Weapons