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June 22, 2010

Fourth of July Celebrations Inspire In Place where the Story of American Independence Began

Picnics are as much a part of Fourth of July celebrations as fireworks and patriotic music. Colonial Williamsburg’s All-American Fourth of July picnic at the Governor’s Palace includes performances by musicians, storytellers and balladeers and plenty of children’s games.

A boxed supper of picnic favorites and Williamsburg specialties is served from 7:30 – 9 p.m., with fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $51 for adults and $25 for children 6 – 12 and includes a commemorative Colonial Williamsburg picnic blanket. Picnic includes traditional favorites fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, hero sandwich, smoked turkey and cheddar wrap, potato chips, cherry trifle, chocolate chip cookies and soft drinks or bottled water. Children’s menu includes ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken fingers, apple sauce, potato salad, trail mix, peanut butter and jelly and desserts. A vegetarian menu is available.

Following a performance by the Fifes and Drums, picnic participants are led from their private picnic area inside the Palace grounds to a reserved fireworks viewing area on Palace Green. Lawn chairs are recommended. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 757-229-2141 by July 2. For more information and complete menu, visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs and its mission “that the future may learn from the past.”

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Barbara Brown
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