Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums

Independence Day Celebration

“I am apt to believe that it [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.”
– John Adams

  • Food, Fanfare & Fireworks

    July 4

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with a family-friendly evening of sumptuous food, stellar entertainment, and reserved seating for the fireworks. Feast on a come-and-go as you please buffet dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge with entertainment by The Jangling Reinharts. Arrive early or stay after dinner for children’s games and activities on the Virginia Lawn. A cash bar will open at 4 p.m. Be led by the Fifes and Drums to your seats on Palace Green at 7:15 p.m. to watch the fireworks.

    $85 adults, $55 children ages 6–12

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  • Event Schedule

    10 a.m. Salute to the States behind the Courthouse
    11 a.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps
    11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket or wristband required, see event page for details)
    1:30–3 p.m. Colonial Auction at Market Square
    View list of auction items
    5–9 p.m. Historic Tavern dining available
    Reservations required
    8:15–8:45 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform
    8:45–9:15 p.m. Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green
    9:10 p.m. Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces
    9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin
  • 2015 July Fourth Event Bag

    Refreshments & Shopping

    Stop by our refreshment stands in Market Square to purchase treats, cold apple cider, water, and refillable Souvenir Cups and Mugs. There, you’ll also find glow sticks to help illuminate the Revolutionary City.

    Purchase your 2015 Summer Fun Kit to help ensure a day of fun and comfort. It includes two refillable mugs, two glow sticks, a blanket, and hand sanitizer—all inside a lightweight string backpack for only $29.95. Buy on-site at WILLIAMSBURG Revolutions, Everything WILLIAMSBURG, Market House, WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations, Williamsburg Lodge Gift Shop, John Greenhow Store, Tarpley, Thompson & Company, and the William Pitt Shop. Supplies are limited.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m. Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops
8–9 p.m. Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop
9–11 p.m. NO SERVICE*
11 p.m. Regular service to all stops

Tools for Your Visit

Insiders’ Guide

What better place to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth than right here in the Revolutionary City? If you’re planning to spend July 4 with Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll want to check out this Insiders’ Guide which includes everything from a breakdown of the day’s events to the best places to park—even how you can take home a unique piece of history!

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Explore all the Colonial Williamsburg historic sites and trade shops, including our two art museums, and enjoy the convenience of our complimentary shuttle service for one day.

Your Single-day Ticket includes:

  • Admission to up to 35 exhibition sites and 22 trade sites practicing more than 30 18th-century trades, 2 world-class museums, and more than 100 gardens for one (1) day.
  • 10% discount on most additional tours and evening programs.

Need to Know

  • Your voucher must be exchanged for a ticket at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Regional Center.
  • Discounts do not apply to any evening programs between Thanksgiving Day and the first weekend after New Year’s Day.
  • Programs do not include dining events.
  • Some regular daytime programs require reservations.
  • Pricing and benefits are subject to change. Programs are subject to change; some may be weather dependent. Check out our Inclement Weather Policy for more information.
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ADULT (13+) $40.99 $0.00
YOUTH (6-12) $20.49 $0.00
UNDER 6 $0.00 $0.00
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