A Colonial Fourth of July in Virginia’s Historic Triangle

Families examine the Declaration of Independence and the American cause at the Yorktown Victory Center.

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, but you can get a feel for the Colonial-era celebration in Virginia’s Historic Triangle.

Families examine the Declaration of Independence and the American cause at the Yorktown Victory Center.
Families examine the Declaration of Independence and the American cause at the Yorktown Victory Center.

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. 

 

Stop by the Continental Army encampment at the Yorktown Victory Center.
Stop by the Continental Army encampment at the Yorktown Victory Center.

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