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June 23, 2011

Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Birthplace of Democracy

On the Fourth of July, guests can walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, once walked and celebrate more than 250 years of freedom with family programs, music from Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

Patrick Henry speaks to townspeople about the choices confronting American and invokes his famous speech that calls America to arms at 11 a.m. during “The Times That Try Men’s Souls” in front of the Raleigh Tavern.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

During “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center and shuttle bus service will be available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Governor’s Palace Picnic

Join us on July 4 for an all-American picnic and festive patriotic entertainment. Dine on a variety of chilled picnic favorites and Colonial Williamsburg specialties at the annual summer evening picnic from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Governor’s Palace grounds. Enjoy exciting performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers and balladeers plus plenty of games for the kids. Guests receive a free commemorative picnic blanket, so all you’ll need to bring are your chairs. March with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums to a premium, reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza.

Cost is $55 adults and $25 youth (12 and under) and includes tax and gratuity.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-447-8679. Reservations must be made by July 2. In case of rain, call the information hotline at (757) 565-8888.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

This Fourth of July, celebrate the American tradition of barbecue in the place where America’s quest for independence began. Enjoy the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, specially brewed beer and the traditional blues sound of Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, "the hottest swing blues band on the east coast.”

For dinner, guests can choose between pulled pork barbecue or barbecued half chicken served with southern baked beans and coleslaw. Williamsburg AleWerks draft beer and Williamsburg Winery wine will be among the beverages served. Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for children six-12. Price includes nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are not required. Prices, menu items and operating schedules are subject to change.

Dinner is served from 5:30-9 p.m. on the Virginia Lawn at the Williamsburg Lodge. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit us on the Internet at http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit/diningExperience/diningSpecials/brewsBluesBBQ.cfm.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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