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Things to Do in Williamsburg for July 4th

If you’re planning on celebrating America’s 241st birthday in Williamsburg, you’ve made the right choice. Enjoy Independence Day to the fullest extent this year with our guide of can’t-miss events for the whole family! Watch live musical performances, listen to readings of the Declaration of Independence and enjoy hands-on activities in Colonial Williamsburg. In between festivities, take in a meal at one of Williamsburg’s historic taverns.

King’s Creek Plantation Tip: Parking is hard to come by in Williamsburg, but especially during busy holidays like July 4th! We recommend parking at the Visitor Center and utilizing the free shuttle service running every 30 minutes to regular stops.


What: Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens

When: July 3-4, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Where: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Summer wouldn’t be complete without sampling fast rollercoasters and mouth-watering funnel cake! Get to the park a few hours early to enjoy all it has to offer, and then settle in to enjoy the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Park-goers can celebrate America’s independence with an impressive fireworks show and moving original soundscapes that will take your breath away. Don’t forget to get there early to get a good spot!


What: Independence Day 8K Run/5K Walk

When: July 4, 2017 at 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Where: York High School

Always looking for an excuse to burn calories or break a sweat? Both walkers and short-distance runners are invited to this non-scored athletic event. Feel stirred by deep feelings of patriotism as you make your way over the scenic roads and trails of the Yorktown Battlefield.


What: Chownings Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Chownings Tavern

Celebrate in style as a VIP at Chownings Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg! This refurbished historic tavern will be featuring its best food, drinks, games and live music! A $76 ticket gets you an all-you-can-eat reception (we’d recommend at least one helping of their “shepherd’s pye”), a 16-oz. engraved glass you can take home, and a ticket for one free beverage (try one of their specialty beers, like Old Stitch)!

One of the most unique things about Williamsburg is how close visitors can come to the past while still enjoying the perks of the present. The holiday that best celebrates American values and independence should be enjoyed with festivities, friends and family in this momentous little city. After all, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is what we’re all about!

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