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July 2, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg Festivities and Fireworks Celebrate Independence Day

Colonial Williamsburg offers a day-long birthday celebration for the nation on Independence Day, July 4.

10 a.m. — Salute to the States. A special militia muster commemorates of the anniversary of the birth of the nation and salutes the thirteen original states. The Fifes and Drums play, flags of each state are displayed, and muskets and cannon celebrate the event.

Noon — Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Guests witness the re-enactment of the first public reading July 25, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Courthouse of 1770. The news arrived only a few weeks after Virginia had adopted its own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the newly independent commonwealth.

5:30 p.m. — Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Concert. The distinctive sounds of the Fifes and Drums celebrate the holiday on Market Square next to the Courthouse of 1770. Current members are joined by alumni in an exciting, patriotic performance.

7: 50 p.m. — The Fifes and Drums open for the Virginia Symphony concert on Palace Green as guests settle into their concert seats early while the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums perform.

8 p.m. — Independence Day Concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A musical salute to the nation is performed on Palace Green. Reserved seating is available for $45. Telephone (800) 447-8679 or visit

9:20 p.m. — Fourth of July Fireworks. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with an exciting fireworks display easily viewed from Market Square or Palace Green.

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Jim Bradley