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Williamsburg 4th of July a Patriotic Celebration

Spend America’s Independence Day in Williamsburg, Virginia – the birthplace of America! There’s nothing more patriotic that celebrating the 4th of July in America’s historic triangle, home to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement. Discover the spirit of America as you enjoy one of the many Williamsburg 4th of July celebrations this year.

Williamsburg 4th of July Events

Colonial Williamsburg

Celebrate a Williamsburg 4th of July with the entire family at Colonial Williamsburg. From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Colonial Williamsburg’s Independence Day festivities include:

  • Public readings of the Declaration of Independence
  • Games and activities for kids
  • Patriotic activities and performances
  • Musical performances

Plus, a red, white, and blue fireworks display concludes the celebrations at 9:30 pm.

On top of spending your Williamsburg 4th of July at Colonial Williamsburg, take advantage of their holiday special events, including:

Shields Tavern Breakfast Celebration with Thomas Jefferson
7:30 am – 8:45  am
Treat yourself to breakfast and conversation with Thomas Jefferson the morning of the 4th. Located behind Shields Tavern, this breakfast requires advance reservations. Call 1-844-811-8229 to book your seat at the table!

Chowning’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Families looking to keep the Williamsburg 4th of July fun going all night long will love Chowning’s Annual Independence Day Celebration featuring food, beverages, fun games, and live music. The VIP event is $76 per adult and $38 per child ages 2-10.In addition to the regular Garden Menu, the chef has a special offering in celebration of Independence Day. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (844) 811-8229.

Spend a Williamsburg 4th of July watching the fireworks at Busch Gardens
Photo Credit: Busch Gardens Williamsburg / Facebook

Busch Gardens

Spend the day at America’s most beautiful theme park, enjoying thrilling rides and entertaining attractions.  On July 3-4, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will stay open until 11:00 pm for continued Independence Day fun. And, an over-the-top, park-wide fireworks display is performed each night at 9:30 pm. All of the Williamsburg 4th of July entertainment is also included with your Busch Gardens tickets. Reserve your picnic or river cruise for some of the best views in the park.

Before you go, check out our Busch Gardens tips for the best visit ever.

Have a historic Williamsburg 4th of July in Yorktown
Photo Credit: Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum of Yorktown / Facebook


For a historic Williamsburg 4th of July, visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, the museum plans to have interpretive programs, military drills, and artillery demonstrations, as well as Independence Day-related exhibits and activities.

A multitude of events is also happening in Yorktown all day long. The schedule of events includes:

  • 8:00 am: The Yorktown Independence Day 8k & 5k Run/Walk at York High School
  • 9:00 am: Parade on Water and Main Streets with music provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Ceremonial Band
  • 1:00 pm: Family games and activities at Riverwalk Landing
  • 7:00 pm: Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Riverwalk Landing Stage
  • 8:00 pm: Super Jazz Band Concert featuring Connie Ironmonger at the Riverwalk Landing Stage
  • 9:15 pm: Fireworks Display over the York River

Parking for the evening events at Cook Road and Ballard Street opens at 4:00 pm, so arrive early!

How Will You Spend Your Williamsburg 4th of July?

Whether you choose to embark on extreme thrills at Busch Gardens or explore our nation’s history at Colonial Williamsburg, your holiday is sure to be a memorable one. Remember to book your Williamsburg hotel and attraction tickets in advance. Williamsburg, VA is a hot destination on the 4th of July and will book up fast!

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