Best things to do in Williamsburg in July 2024

Top Things to Do in Williamsburg in July 2024

Here are a list of top things to do in Williamsburg and Yorktown with kids, teens, adults…well everyone! July is an exciting time of year, 4th of July holiday kicks off the month with a bang (literally)! Fill your summer days and nights with these amazing events!

Events are in date order so you can plan your month:


Independence Day Celebrations at Colonial Williamsburg

There is a lot going on in Colonial Williamsburg during the Birthday of our Nation. The day will start as it has in past years with the Reading of the Declaration of Independence and end with a beautiful display of fireworks…view the entire list of events!

Make sure to get your FREE Admission ticket online to Colonial Williamsburg on July 4th – In celebration of our nation’s birth, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is offering free admission to the Historic Area and the Art Museums on July 4 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


4th of July Celebrations in Yorktown

There are so many reasons to visit Yorktown VA on July 4th! Lots of free family-friendly celebrations featuring a full lineup of events leading up to the big fireworks finale! View the full schedule of events.

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Liberty Celebration at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Thursday, July 4 from 9am – 5pm: Visit the ‘Liberty Celebration’ at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and to learn more about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders. See the full list of demonstrations.

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Spirit of America at VLM

Thursday, July 4th at 5, 6 & 7pm: Virginia Living Museum will celebrate Independence Day in the Abbitt Planetarium. Spirit of America mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and so many, many more. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets only $5 for members $5, non-members $8 per show. More info

Be sure to check out the newest INDOOR exhibit at the VLM, Wild Exploration Exhibit! Let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and immerse yourself in the fun of classic lawn games that showcase the diversity of flora and fauna. Challenge your friends and family to a game of giant Jenga, Cornhole, or Connect Four. As you play, you’ll learn valuable lessons in the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the importance of conservation. From buzzing bees to chirping crickets, you’ll marvel at the intricate web of life that surrounds us. Museum is open daily from 9am-5pmticket information.

Merchants Square Concert Series

Friday, July 5: Pink Stones: The Pink Stones, from Athens, Georgia, is a six member country-rock band.  Indulge in a fusion of indie-rock and Americana as Pink Stones take the stage to captivate your senses. More info


Lighting of the Cressets in Colonial Williamsburg

July 3, 5 & 6 from 8 pm–10 pm. FREE and open to the public! Head to Colonial Williamsburg at night on the historic Duke of Gloucester Street – they will be Lighting of the Cressets this spring! The 18th-century lighting brings the streets to life at night…more information.


Williamsburg Farmers Market

Saturdays in July from 8 am to noon – Williamsburg Farmers Market takes place every Saturday in July at 345 W Duke of Gloucester St. Merchants Square, Williamsburg VA. Get ready for a weekend of fresh and locally sourced produce, meats, and more at the Williamsburg Farmers Market this Saturday! Whether you’re looking to stock up on your favorite fruits and vegetables or discover new and unique ingredients, this market has everything you need to create delicious meals and support local farmers. With a wide variety of vendors and products available, you can be sure to find something to satisfy every taste and preference. So come on down to the Williamsburg Farmers Market and experience the best of what the local community has to offer! Learn more

Yorktown Market Days Farmers Market 

Saturdays in July from 8 am to noon – Yorktown Market Days Farmers Market runs every Saturday in July from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Be on the lookout for the Special Fun in the Sun Market on July 13 with fun family-friendly themes celebrating all things summer ! Yorktown Market Days is a one-stop shop for seasonal produce; farm meats and seafood; fresh poultry and eggs; artisan bread and made-from-scratch desserts; honey, jams, and sauces; flowers, plants, and herbs; coffee, tea, fresh-pressed juices, and wine; unique local art; and even gourmet dog treats! This is a rain or shine market – they set up in the bottom floor of the parking garage if it rains so just plan on coming! Vendor list and more info


Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Summer in Yorktown wouldn’t be summer without the sound of live music and dancing feet on the Riverwalk Landing every Thursday night. This annual outdoor concert series is free and open to the public…details

July lineup:

  • Thursday, July 11 – The Gentlemen & Their Lady
  • Thursday, July 18 – The Embers
  • Thursday, July 25 – InsideOut Band


Free Outdoor Sunday Movie Night at Merchants Square Summer 2024

At sunset, enjoy a magical summer of free movie screenings open to the public! 🌅🍿 There will be an array of classic movies and modern blockbusters. From heartwarming family films to thrilling action-packed adventures, there’s something for everyone. So, gather your friends and family, bring your blankets, and lawn chairs, and enjoy a fantastic lineup of films. 🪑🎥

2024 Sunday Night Movies in Merchant Square Movie Schedule:

  • 🏠🎶 July 7 – Encanto
  • ⏳🚗 July 14 – Back to the Future
  • 🐼🥋 July 21 – Kung Fu Panda 4
  • 🍫🌈 July 28 – Wonka
  • …See August movies here

Williamsburg Regional Library Events

The Library always has fun activities and events for kids, teens and adults and the summer is no exception. Be sure to check out these great performers in July!!

Wednesday, July 3: Jonathan Austin Magic Show
Wednesday, July 10: Uncle Ty-rone the Kids’ Comedian 
Wednesday, July 17: Chris Campbell: Music for Kids!
Wednesday, July 31: The Rockstar Magic of Chris & Neal
View dates and times for each performance HERE

2nd Sunday Art & Music Festival

Sunday, July 14 from 11am – 5pm: Shop unique handcrafts with 150+ artisan vendors, enjoy live music, street performances and food trucks, at this fun, family friendly event. Great artist & music lineup planned! There’s something to be enjoyed by all! ADMISSION IS FREE. See who is coming to the Sunday, July Festival HERE.

Cone With A Cop at Baskin Robbins

Saturday, July 20 from 1 – 3pm: Calling all ice cream enthusiasts and law enforcement fans! Come bring the kids to meet with our local heroes and enjoy great ice cream…more info

ADULTS: MEET & MAKE- Block Printing with Tabitha Sewer Studio

Sunday, July 21st at 3pm: Are you having a hard time meeting new friends as an adult? Join Tabitha Sewer Studio in a bright, fun environment to connect and create! Design your own tote bag and unleash your creativity in our block printing class. This gathering features a fun craft, music, wine, and light snacks. This welcoming space is for all women, whether you’re a mom needing a break or simply looking to expand your social circle. Your mental health is just as important as your physical. Finding a creative outlet helps you reconnect w/ yourself. More information & registration. Learn more about The Studio

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York River State Park

Creek Pick Your Paddle, Canoeing with the Stars, Fossil Frenzy Hike, Living Shoreline Trek, As Far as the Stars Hike there is something for every age at York River State Park. This park has great events, dock for canoes and kayaks, fishing, horse trails, hiking trails and some challenging mountain bike trails too! See their July schedule HERE.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA

Summer is full of thrills and excitement at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! And there is not better way to beat the heat than at Water Country USA! Check out the latest discount tickets HERE


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