If there's one place you should bring your family for the 4th of
July holiday, it's Williamsburg. Not Washington, DC. Not New
York City. Not Virginia Beach.
Why? Naturally, it's because of the history that permeates just
about every nook and cranny of this town. After all,
Williamsburg, founded in 1632 as “Middle Plantation,” was
already here long before the signing of the Declaration of
Independence. The community also has seen its share of
Revolutionary War dignitaries pass through. Just imagine walking
in the footsteps of, for example, Thomas Jefferson himself!
Colonial Williamsburg celebrates the 4th each year with
fireworks, parades and a reading of the Declaration of
The 4th of July in 2012 happens to take place on a Wednesday,
and that means that Colonial Williamsburg’s festivities will
take place on July 4. Celebrations will include a performance of
fifes and drums, fireworks in the historic area, a terrific
“all-American” picnic, music and dance performances, and much
One event not to be missed is the Governor's Palace Picnic. This
"all-American" picnic offers a gourmet box dinner of southern
fried chicken, coleslaw, American-style potato salad and red
velvet cupcakes (box dinners for vegetarians as well as children
also are available).
Entertainment includes storytelling, a performance by the
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, musicians, and dance
The Governor's Palace Picnic runs from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on July 4
with tickets running $55 per person for adults and $25 per
person for children. Your fee also includes a commemorative
Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Musical performances behind the
Market Square courthouse lead up to the main event.
The best places to watch the fireworks are on Palace Green or on
Market Square. The fireworks extravaganza is included in the
ticket price for a day in Colonial Williamsburg.
You needn't limit your 4th of July celebration with just a
picnic and fireworks. Don't forget to visit the 300 acres of
Colonial Williamsburg with reconstructed shops, homes and other
buildings that showcase the Colonial era’s way of life.
You also should step away – but just a bit – from Williamsburg
and enjoy the area’s many golf courses, parks and wineries.
Antique shops and art galleries abound, as do
offering some of the best cuisine in all of Virginia.
Thrill seekers will enjoy Busch Gardens while those who
appreciate great athletes of the four-legged variety should
explore Colonial Downs for some terrific horse racing.
Colonial history fans also should make the short trip to the
Jamestown Settlement as well as to
Historic Yorktown. It’s here
that you’ll learn more about the settling of Virginia by the
British and learn more about how early settlers lived and
Yorktown will give you a glimpse into historic homes and
battlefields, while Jamestown allows you to explore a re-created
colonial fort, learn more about Pocahontas (in the Powhatan
Indian village) and learn more about the sheer effort it took to
make the four-month voyage from England as you visit
re-creations of the three vessels that brought Virginia’s first
European settlers to the New World.
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