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June 4, 2009

CW's Fourth of July festivities celebrate the founding of a nation

Celebrate Independence Day in the town where freedom rang more than 200 years ago. Colonial Williamsburg offers programs throughout the day that honor the birth of a nation.

At 10 a.m. 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 citizens of Williamsburg at the Capitol building.

At 8:15 p.m., Music for the Fireworks features a concert of patriotic music with Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums prior to the fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area.

No ticket is required to enjoy these programs.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums will feature music from the Highlands during the 45-minute concert, Scots and a Legacy of Independence 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. From the Declaration of Abroath to signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Witherspoon, to stalwart of the fledgling American Navy, John Paul Jones, Scots have a history of direct involvement with the concept of independence for democratic states. Join Scottish fiddler John Turner and a guitarist Cliff Williams for tunes and songs that tell Scotland’s story.

A free reservation is required. A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Museum Pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this concert.
Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

Colonial Williamsburg guests enjoy the program, “Salute to the States,” during Fourth of July festivities. To obtain this image, contact Penna Rogers at (757) 220-7121 or through e-mail at

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121