The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, but you can get a feel for the Colonial-era celebration in Virginia’s Historic Triangle.
The Liberty Celebration at the Yorktown Victory Center, July 3–4, includes a program at the re-created Revolution-period farm that highlights the sacrifices of Americans during the time, from individuals who signed the Declaration to farmers, Loyalists, women, and enslaved people.
At the re-created Continental Army encampment, learn about the secret codes used during the war, watch a tactical drill, and take art in a wooden musket drill. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 2:30 p.m. on July 3 and 11 a.m. on July 4.
In Yorktown itself, Independence Day celebrations include a parade at 9:00am, a 7:00pm bell-ringing ceremony, an 8:00pm military band concert, and fireworks at 9:15pm.
In nearby Colonial Williamsburg, a Salute to the States militia muster begins at 10 a.m. and recognizes the 13 original states. At 4:00pm, there’s a concert of American music including tunes from the hills of Appalachia to the streets of New York. Darkness brings the popular fireworks display visible from Market Square and Palace Green.