Schedule of Events for July 4th Celebrations in Colonial Williamsburg
7:45 a.m – 9:15 a.m. Enjoy Breakfast with Thomas Jefferson at Shield’s Tavern – On the morning of July 4th, have a casual breakfast experience with Thomas Jefferson in the beautiful Shields Tavern. During the breakfast, there will be a chance to mingle with Thomas Jefferson. At 9 a.m. Mr. Jefferson will invite everyone to walk over to the Capitol and watch as he reads the Declaration of Independence. Ticket required
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. Only a few weeks ago, Virginia’s representatives adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state. No Event Ticket Required
10 a.m. – 10:35 – Salute to the States behind the Courthouse -Commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our nation with this special militia muster saluting the 13 original states. The Fifes and Drums play, flags of each state are displayed, and muskets and cannon celebrate the significance of this historic day. Come, cheer, and be part of this celebration. No Event Ticket Required
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – McKenzie Square Food Pavilion – Stop by the McKenzie Orchard Food Pavilion for a quick bite of July 4th Food on the Go. Located on Palace Green near premium fireworks seating. Menu includes Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Turkey Legs. Looking for something a little sweeter, grab a Snow Cone or Cotton Candy.
12:00 p.m – 12:20 p.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps – Residents of 18th-century Williamsburg read the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the Colonial Courthouse following the traditional firing of the Noon Gun accompanied by the Fife and Drum Corps. Listen as men and women from all walks of life share their personal perspectives on the meaning of this historic document. No Event Ticket Required
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – All American Buffet & July 4th Celebration – Celebrate 4th of July at the Williamsburg Lodge with your family and friends. All-American Buffet, music, cash bar, games and crafts for the kids. Adults $49.95, Kids (3-10) $19.95. Purchase tickets here.
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm – – July 4th on the Patio at Sweet Tea & Barley – This will be a great way to spend the evening before the fireworks – come with your friends for a special menu and drink special on the patio of Sweet Tea and Barley!
3;00 pm – 9:00 pm – 504 Supremes & Truetone Honeys at the Social Terrace patio at the Williamsburg Inn. This might be the place to be on the 4th of July! No tickets – first come, first get the best tables!! The Social Terrace will be open from 3pm-9pm serving their regular menu along with 4th of July food and cocktail specials. 4:00 – 5:30p.m. is 504 Supremes 1920’s Show and 7:00 – 8:30p.m. is 504 Supremes and the Truetone Honeys. Then head over to watch Colonial Williamsburg Fireworks!
4:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. –Josiah Chowning’s 4th of July Holiday Party – Josiah Chowning invites you to his 4th of July Holiday party in the garden. In addition to the regular Garden Menu, chef will be offering 4 action stations in celebration of Independence Day. Tickets here
9:00 – 9:40 p.m. – Lights of Freedom on the Palace Green – Experience 18th-century fireworks set to colonial and patriotic Americana musical favorites. Join in on the national anthem, led by award-winning actress and NAACP Image Award nominee Anika Noni Rose, and enjoy her narration of “Independence Day: An Invitation,” a new work by Commonwealth of Virginia Poet Laureate Henry Hart, as she speaks from the Governor’s Palace balcony. The pageantry of radiant colors, patriotic music and pyrotechnic salutes culminates in a thrilling — and thunderous — grand finale. Open to the public, no ticket required.
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks begin – Enjoy fireworks from Market Square or Palace Green to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Afterward, enjoy the pageantry of a torch-lit Fifes and Drums march from Palace Green, down Duke of Gloucester Street, en:00ding on Botetourt Street. No Event Ticket Required