Fireworks, food and history: what’s happening in the region for July 4th



Here’s a look at the July 4th family celebrations in the region. (WYDaily / Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

HISTORICAL TRIANGLE – The coronavirus pandemic may have spoiled the fun of the July 4 festivities last year.

But this year, many annual celebrations return for tourists and locals alike.

From fireworks to parades, here is your recap of the July 4th weekend festivities in the historic Triangle.


  • Yorktown 42nd Independence Day Celebration: The family-friendly event features activities throughout the day on Sunday, July 4th along Historic Main Street and by the waterfront at Riverwalk Landing.
  • York County Historical Museum Annual 8K Independence Day Run / Walk: Virtual or in person at Surrender Field in Yorktown. Run or walk along the scenic roads and trails of Yorktown Battlefield. The race starts at 8 a.m. and will start and end at Surrender Field. A race day package, t-shirt and medal will be given to participants at the finish line. For more information or to register for the race, go here.
  • Patriotic Parade: Taking place on Water Street and Main Street after the race, a Patriotic Parade will march along Water Street, to Ballard, then down Main Street. The parade will feature Fifes & Drums of York Town playing festive music, local representatives, Boy Scout groups and more.
  • Family Activities: at Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St. The Riverwalk Landing Business Association features outdoor games and activities for children starting at 1 pm. Carrot Tree and Toby’s Hot Dog House will also be hosting a hot dog tasting competition for families.
The bell ringing ceremony at Riverwalk Landing will take place at 7 p.m. on July 4. (WYDaily / Courtesy of York County Public Affairs)
  • Bell Ringing Ceremony Sounds of Liberty: Riverwalk Landing Stage, 331 Water St. The ringing ceremony will be held at the Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage at 7:00 p.m.
  • Super Jazz Band Concert: Riverwalk Landing Stage, 331 Water St., Conni Ironmonger, a Super Jazz Band concert with Conni Ironmonger will start at 8 p.m.
  • Fireworks: Yorktown Waterfront & Victory Monument, 803 Main Street, Today’s events will conclude with the return of the annual fireworks display on the York River at 9:15 pm The fireworks will be visible from the Yorktown Waterfront & Victory Monument. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
The evening will end with an annual fireworks display over the York River. (WYDaily / Courtesy of York County Public Affairs)
  • Celebrating Liberty: Museum of the American Revolution in Yorktown, 200 Water St., On Sunday, July 4 at the Museum of the American Revolution in Yorktown, visitors can celebrate the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence through programs of interpretation, interior galleries, artillery demonstrations and other living history experiences. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can:
    • Check out a rare July 1776 plank of the Declaration of Independence which is currently on display in an immersive gallery exhibit.
    • Watch the film “Freedom Fever” in the museum’s main theater.
    • Visit the open-air recreations of a Revolutionary-era Continental Army encampment and farm.
    • Enjoy York Town Fifes & Drums performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. throughout the day.
    • Take part in the “Great American 4th of July Sing-along” led by the Cigar Box String Band, with iconic patriotic songs at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    • Add your thoughts to the “Tree of Liberty,” an interactive 17-foot sculptural tree in the galleries of the museum.

Funded by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, “Liberty Celebration” included with admission to the museum: $ 16.00 for adults, $ 8.00 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under.

For more information visit here.

Colonial Williamsburg

  • Reading the Declaration of Independence: Capitol West Balcony, Start July 4 of this year by listening to a Declaration of Independence reading with Thomas Jefferson from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. No event ticket is required.
  • Tribute to the States: Marketplace, 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with members of the CW Fife & Drums, the Virginia Military Garrison will be pa special gathering in commemoration of the 245th anniversary of the declaration of independence and a tribute to the thirteen original states of the Union. No event ticket is required.
  • Celebration Concert: Play house scene, 214 Palace Green Street, From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Dug Broke Theater Company will perform an animated performance of Songs and airs from the 18th century. Entrance ticket is required.
  • Visit a Nation Builder: Charlton scene, E. Duke of Gloucester St., from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson will reflect on the day’s events on the Charlton Stage. An event ticket is required.
  • Noon Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Court, 101 W Duke of Gloucester St., From 12 p.m. to 12:20 p.m., 18th-century Williamsburg residents will read the Declaration of Independence from the steps and surrounding area of ​​the Colonial Courthouse. They will be joined by the CW Fife & Drums.
  • Independence Day auction: Place du Marché, at 12:30 p.m., visitors can bid on selected items in CW stores and on unique auction items.
  • Visit a Nation Builder: Charlton Stage At 2:45 p.m. Patrick Henry reflects on the day’s events at the Charlton Stage. Entrance ticket is required.
  • I Hear America Sing: Hennage Auditorium, 301 S Nassau St., at 3 p.m. Brian Forsman and Lynn and Barry Trott will perform a Celebration of American Pop Music for Independence Day that will feature the violin, banjo, mandolin, guitar and an entrance ticket is required for the art museum.
  • Equal Created: Charlton Scene. At 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy a theatrical exploration of the museum’s African-American perspectives on the Declaration of Independence and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America. Entrance ticket is required.
  • July 4th Party on the Lawn of Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums: 301 S Nassau Street, CultureFix features a 4th of July celebration with free ice cream and live music.
    • 1 pm-3pm: Troy Breslow Band
    • 3 pm-5pm: Kyle davis
    • 7 pm-9pm: Good shot Judy
  • Honor and reflection: rue Nassau Sud. From 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Honneur & Réflexion will see the last night of a “contemplative multimedia installation in view of the excavations in progress” of the First Baptist Church first permanent location on South Nassau Street.
  • Lights of freedom: fireworks. The day of festivities will end at 9.20 p.m. with a dazzling 20-minute fireworks display. For the best fireworks viewing spots, visit Palace Green, Market Square, and East Lawn of the Art Museums.

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