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June 27, 2008

CW celebrates Independence Day in the town that witnessed the birth of a national more than 200 years ago

Celebrate Independence Day in the town where freedom rang more than 200 years ago. Colonial Williamsburg offers programs throughout the day that honor the founding of what would become the United States.

At 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square, “A Salute to the States” offers a salute to the original 13 colonies with a Fifes and Drums performance and cannon fire. At 12:30 p.m. the Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg at the Capitol.

At 7:45 p.m., “Music for Fireworks” features a concert of patriotic music with Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and the alumni group. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

On July 4, guests are encouraged to park in the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses. The Blue Line service operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with limited service from 1 to 8 p.m. The Blue Line stops at 8 p.m. The Red Line service to the Governor’s Palace shuttle stop runs from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. with limited service from 4 to 8:45 p.m. The Red Line stops at 8:45 p.m. All service resumes at 10:45 p.m.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” -- a dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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