Schedule of Events for July 4 Celebrations in Colonial Williamsburg
July 4th programming for locals and visitors to attend during the Birthday of our Nation plus a beautiful display of fireworks. 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 with Thomas Jefferson. No Event Ticket Required
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Salute to the States – The Virginia Military Garrison presents a special muster in commemoration of the 245th anniversary of the birth of our nation and a salute to the original thirteen states of the Union. No Event Ticket Required
12:00 p.m.- 12:20 p.m. – Noon Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Residents of the 18th-century Williamsburg community read the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the Courthouse and surrounding area. Immediately following, they share their personal perspectives on the meaning of this historic document. No Event Ticket Required
12:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. – Independence Day auction – Bid on selected items from Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as exclusive items not available elsewhere. The assortment changes for each auction. No Event Ticket Required
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. CW Admission Required
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.- Social Terrace – Come relax at the Social Terrace and enjoy LIVE MUSIC.
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.
9:20-9:40 PM – FIREWORKS – Celebrate the 245th 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 with a heart pounding fireworks display. The fireworks will be above the Governor’s Palace. Viewing on Palace Green and surrounding areas, including Market Square, the lawn of the Art Museums, and the CW Visitor Center parking areas.