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June 12, 2007

CW offers Fourth of July picnic and programs to celebrate the independence of a nation

Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the independence of our nation and invites you to participate in festive style. On July Fourth, Colonial Williamsburg will hold a sumptuous picnic on the lawn of the former British Royal Governor’s Palace as a prelude to the traditional fireworks display nearby.

Plan to arrive early in the day to enjoy Independence Day programs, including the Salute to the 13 Colonies and the Revolutionary City program that kicks off at 10 a.m. In the evening, guests can hear Colonial Williamsburg’s musical ambassadors, the Fifes and Drums, and a dazzling array of fireworks.

The Governor’s Palace Picnic begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment includes jugglers, storytellers, 18th-century games, balladeers and a performance by Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums. Guests also are given access to a reserved viewing area for the fireworks. The price is $45 for adults and $25 for children 6-12, and includes two soft drinks.

Both traditional and vegetarian picnic menus are offered. The traditional menu includes Southern fried chicken, Virginia ham biscuit, tender roast beef on a Kaiser roll, orzo pasta salad, herb marinated olives, lettuce and tomatoes, aged cheddar and gouda cheeses, grapes, chocolate chip cookies, colonial trifle, original kettle chips, roasted peanuts, a Colonial Williamsburg ornament and a coupon for coffee from Shields Tavern.

The vegetarian menu features an herb wrap with zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, caramelized red onions and shitake mushrooms along with the pasta salad, fruit and other components of the traditional picnic menu.

Children will enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, crisp fried chicken fingers, potato chips, applesauce, baby carrots and a cookie.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Reservations for the picnic can be made by calling 800-HISTORY (447-8679) and must be made by July 2.

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 tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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