Schedule of Events for July 4th Celebrations in Colonial Williamsburg
The day will not end with a fireworks display this year in Colonial Williamsburg on July 4, 2020 but there is still July 4th programming for locals and visitors to attend during the Birthday of our Nation. The day will start as it has in past years with the Reading of the Declaration of Independence.
9:30 a.m – 9:45 a.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps – Gather with the citizens of Williamsburg on July 25, 1776 to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. No Event Ticket Required
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Created Equal – The Declaration of Independence asserts that ‘all men are created equal’ and are endowed with certain unalienable rights – ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. When those words were written, over 52 percent of Williamsburg’s population was enslaved. Experience this museum theatre exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired, and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Independence Day auction will feature Historic Area items including an exquisite Leather Document Box, Wooden Archived puzzles unearthed from the basement of Barrett House, a handmade Steinhagen Thumb Pot and hand forged Ribbed Cressets as seen in this fair City.
Fine American Furniture pieces will include two Porringer side tables formed from Curly Maple, an Amber Writing Arm accented in Curly Maple and a magnificent Windsor Settee for your parlor. As is the tradition, every stone has been turned to find the finest of wares for our deserving and generous guests. Don’t miss it!
2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Chownings’ July 4th Celebration Pig Roast in the Garden of Chownings’ Tavern. Families will be seated at their own picnic tables with social distancing to others. Guests will enjoy a large serviced buffet. Make reservations here
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.- Social Terrace -Come relax at the Social Terrace and enjoy LIVE MUSIC from Jo and the Boys. Performances from 2 pm-4 pm and 6 pm-9 pm.
Love patio life? This is the patio to enjoy! Where is The Social Terrace? Just enter the Williamsburg Inn’s main lobby and walk straight thru the doors leading to the back yard (patio and golf course). Once there, you will find large comfortable outdoor chairs and couches waiting for you to enjoy. Drinks including local beers, wine and craft cocktails, yummie dishes and entrees nightly, and live music on weekends. All this and the evening air on the aptly named Social Terrace.
July 4th Special – Featuring the New Social Terrace Menu with a Fourth of July BBQ Special: Slow Smoked BBQ Quail and Chopped Smoked Pork Shoulder accompanied by Black Pepper Cornbread, Skillet Beans, Carrot and Kale slaw and All American Apple Cobbler. Draft beer, wine and cocktails. Visit here for the Menu and Beverage Menu and to learn more
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Sweet Tea and Barley 4th of July Patio – Come enjoy the Sweet Tea and Barley Patio, a Fourth of July BBQ and live entertainment from Smith and Wade Band 5 pm – 8 pm.
5:00 PM – on July Fourth on Duke of Gloucester Street and throughout Williamsburg, bells will ring out inviting guests and the community to reflect on the historic events of the day as we commemorate the 244th anniversary of the United States of America and salute those who, throughout our nation’s history, have endeavored to meet the challenges of their times. If you can’t join onsite, they invite you to take two minutes to reflect virtually.