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Celebrate July 4th in Colonial Williamsburg VA 2011

5On the Fourth of July, guests can walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, once walked and celebrate more than 250 years of freedom with family programs, music from Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

Patrick Henry speaks to townspeople about the choices confronting American and invokes his famous speech that calls America to arms at 11 a.m. during “The Times That Try Men’s Souls” in front of the Raleigh Tavern.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Governor’s Palace Picnic

Join us on July 4 for an all-American picnic and festive patriotic entertainment. Dine on a variety of chilled picnic favorites and Colonial Williamsburg specialties at the annual summer evening picnic from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Governor’s Palace grounds. Enjoy exciting performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers and balladeers plus plenty of games for the kids. Guests receive a free commemorative picnic blanket, so all you’ll need to bring are your chairs. March with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums to a premium, reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza.

Cost is $55 adults and $25 youth (12 and under) and includes tax and gratuity.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-447-8679. Reservations must be made by July 2. In case of rain, call the information hotline at (757) 565-8888.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

This Fourth of July, celebrate the American tradition of barbecue in the place where America’s quest for independence began. Enjoy the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, specially brewed beer and the traditional blues sound of Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, "the hottest swing blues band on the east coast.”

For dinner, guests can choose between pulled pork barbecue or barbecued half chicken served with southern baked beans and coleslaw. Williamsburg AleWerks draft beer and Williamsburg Winery wine will be among the beverages served. Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for children six-12. Price includes nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are not required. Prices, menu items and operating schedules are subject to change.

Dinner is served from 5:30-9 p.m. on the Virginia Lawn at the Williamsburg Lodge. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.

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