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July 8, 2011

“A Salute to the Nation” Kicks Off July 8

The new summer program, “A Salute to the Nation,” kicks off at 9 p.m. each Friday, July 8 through Aug. 26. This program spans 250 years of ideas that have created a unique spirit and identity – the American identity – in its infinite variations.

This stirring tribute to our nation includes Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and military staff. The program concludes with a short but powerful fireworks salute.

No admission ticket is required.

“A Salute to the Nation” is part of the “Live After 5” summer programs offered every night throughout the Historic Area this year, including spooky ghost walks, Civil War walking tours, theater performances and historical military programs that are perfect for visitors of all ages. Guests are encouraged to stay into the cool summer evening while dining at one of the many taverns as the Historic Area comes alive with cresset lighting and spontaneous entertainments. “Live After 5” summer programs are presented weather permitting.

To learn more about “A Salute to the Nation” and other programs offered throughout the summer, 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. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. 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

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