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Market Square

Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square

Join the Bustle of a Market Day

As in the 18th century, Market Square is a hub of activity. Walk in the steps of the founders as you gather to observe a militia review or browse the wares at the seasonal stands. Listen as a proclamation is read from the Courthouse steps or simply watch the people passing by.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Public access. See hours of Outdoor Market Stands.

Ticket Required?

No
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at Market Square Events

Dec 23
5:30 PM
Illumination of Market Square
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Fifes and Drums.
Dec 24
5:30 PM
Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Make this annual community event part of your Christmas tradition. Gather for a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and learn about the first Christmas tree in the United States. Join in singing classic Christmas carols and watch as the large evergreen tree on Market Square is lighted. Cosponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg.
Feb 15
4:00 PM
Salute to the Presidents
Join us for a celebration of the presidency with our founding fathers, military program staff, and the Fifes and Drums. This celebration will recognize those citizens who have served in office over the centuries as well as the states most closely assocated with each president.
Dec 19
2:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Dec 19
2:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Dec 19
3:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Dec 19
3:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or defendant. Experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court.
Mar 20
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Mar 20
8:30 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Mar 27
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Mar 27
8:30 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. Held outdoors in all weather. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Dec 20
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Dec 24
12:00 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Dec 27
1:30 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Dec 31
12:00 PM
Auction
Take part in the excitement of an auction. Bid on select items from the Colonial Williamsburg stores as well as some exclusive items not found anywhere else. Merchandise varies with each auction and may include creamware, pewter, glassware, and more. Our artisan vendors will supply one-of-a-kind auction items. You can even bid on the specially engraved bell used to announce the auction!
Mar 4
12:00 PM
An Uncommon Soldier
Many women followed the army as wives, nurses, cooks, and laundresses; a few donned disguises and joined the ranks. What was the experience like for a female soldier in the Revolutionary War?
Mar 11
12:00 PM
An Uncommon Soldier
Many women followed the army as wives, nurses, cooks, and laundresses; a few donned disguises and joined the ranks. What was the experience like for a female soldier in the Revolutionary War?
Mar 14
12:00 PM
An Uncommon Soldier
Many women followed the army as wives, nurses, cooks, and laundresses; a few donned disguises and joined the ranks. What was the experience like for a female soldier in the Revolutionary War?
Mar 18
12:00 PM
An Uncommon Soldier
Many women followed the army as wives, nurses, cooks, and laundresses; a few donned disguises and joined the ranks. What was the experience like for a female soldier in the Revolutionary War?
Feb 13
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory:
The General Reviews the Troops
It's September 28, 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, and the troops are eager to engage the British. Before leaving, local militia, with fife and drum fanfares and cannon salutes, march in review while the general addresses the citizens of Williamsburg in preparation for the siege of Yorktown.
Feb 20
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory:
The General Reviews the Troops
It's September 28, 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, and the troops are eager to engage the British. Before leaving, local militia, with fife and drum fanfares and cannon salutes, march in review while the general addresses the citizens of Williamsburg in preparation for the siege of Yorktown.
Feb 27
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory:
The General Reviews the Troops
It's September 28, 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, and the troops are eager to engage the British. Before leaving, local militia, with fife and drum fanfares and cannon salutes, march in review while the general addresses the citizens of Williamsburg in preparation for the siege of Yorktown.
Mar 6
5:00 PM
On to Yorktown and Victory:
The General Reviews the Troops
It's September 28, 1781. The Allied American Army has been gathering in Williamsburg, and the troops are eager to engage the British. Before leaving, local militia, with fife and drum fanfares and cannon salutes, march in review while the general addresses the citizens of Williamsburg in preparation for the siege of Yorktown.