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Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown
Family friendly celebration featuring an 8 am 8K run and 5K walk at York High School; a patriotic parade on Water and Main Streets; a Bell-Ringing Ceremony; Patriotic Concert; and the amazing fireworks show on the York River.
Fourth of July at Colonial Williamsburg
Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in the Revolutionary City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, the firing of muskets and cannon. The day concludes with fireworks visible from both Market Square and Palace Green.
Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Salute the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the historic document.
Summer Breeze Concert Series: 504 Supreme
Kick-off your summer in Merchants Square with the Summer Breeze Concert Series, Wednesdays in July and August. Concert begins at 7:00 PM. Bring a chair and enjoy music, dancing, and fare from your favorite Merchants Square restaurants. We’ll see you in the Square!
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Saturdays through August 26
In July and August, Busch Gardens® becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights, presented by Coca-Cola®. Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings. See website for schedule.
Jamestown Jams: Affirmative Groove
Come and enjoy free live music at Jamestown Jams. On July 7, it will be 70s music featuring Affirmative Groove. See website for details.
Summer Fireworks at Busch Gardens
July 3 & 4; Fridays through August 25
Busch Gardens® celebrates our independence, July 3 & 4. This event inspires park-goers through fireworks and moving original soundscapes.
2nd Sundays Williamsburg Art & Music Festival
Williamsburg’s almost year ’round Art, Music and Street Festival featuring over 75 varied Artists, Artisans, Authors and at least 8 unique live music performances and performing arts in 4 blocks of downtown Williamsburg. Festival is all ages friendly with caricature and henna artists, and children’s activities and an art project and proudly features the best of local & regional musicians!
Baroque Music Fridays
Fridays through July 21
Come in from the heat to experience the changing tastes and styles of the 18th century presented by members of the Governor’s Musick ensemble with a variety of Museum-inspired topical presentations.
Music for a New Nation
Join the Governor’s Musick ensemble of Colonial Williamsburg for patriotic music celebrating our nation’s fight for independence and the spirit of our new nation. Traditional songs tell the stories of our fight for independence, while concert music incorporates popular tunes in celebration of our new freedom.
A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!
Yorktown Sounds of Summer
Thursdays through July 27
“Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts” (formerly Shagging), 7 pm to 9:30 pm. We’ve got everyone’s Sounds of Summer here at Riverwalk Landing guaranteed to get you on your feet and swaying to the beat! Put on your dancing shoes and join us Thursday’s on the river for the annual concert series featuring beach music and more for all ages.
Mr. Key’s Poem
“Oh say can you see” are the familiar and powerful first words of a poem written by 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. The poem, inspired by the Battle of Baltimore eventually became America’s national Anthem.
Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg’s history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow.
July 2 – 4
Summer of Love 50th Anniversary 4k restoration! Monterey International Pop Festival launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who and the Byrds. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.
Water|Ways (last week)
Through July 9
The Water|Ways exhibit, located at the VLM changing exhibit area, will consist of engaging panels and kiosks where guests will be able to learn about the five major concepts: Introduction, Source, Flow, Quench, and Water is Eternal.
New Lecture: 99th Anniversary of the Hilton Village
Hilton Village, established in 1918, in Newport News, Virginia, was the first public housing project built in the United States. Spurred on by Newport News Shipbuilding president Homer Ferguson, it was created to house shipyard workers during World War I.
Awesome Osprey Hike at the York River State Park
Our seasonal bird of prey returns to the Chesapeake Bay region. This ranger guided hike highlights the Osprey’s role in the estuarine ecosystem.
Fossil Frenzy Hike
Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. The hike is less than two miles round trip and begins with a description of some of the fossils that are found at the beach.
Revolution 3 Triathlon
July 8 & 9
There will be one transition area located at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The swim will take place in the Chickahominy river. The swim course will be reversible depending on the conditions.
Colonial Williamsburg Collects
Tuesdays through July 31
During this guided tour, learn how and why objects have been collected for Colonial Williamsburg over the years, and discover the circumstances that lead to the creation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
Tuesdays through July 25
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.
George Washington’s Inauguration
Tony Williams, author of “America’s Beginnings,” will discuss the 1789 inauguration of George Washington. How did it differ from modern inaugurations, and what presidential precedents did Washington establish? A book signing will follow.
Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Saturdays through July 29
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for a schedule.
Next to Normal – Williamsburg Players
July 7 – 16 (Weekends)
Winner 2010 Pulitzer Prize, 2009’s triple Tony Award winning musical, Next to Normal, also made that year’s list of best shows in both the NY and LA times, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine. With book by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal derives its name from its window into the lives of an almost “normal” suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.
Sunset Serenade Weekly Live Music
Fridays through September
Join friends on Friday nights in the garden of Colonial Williamsburg’s Chowning’s Tavern for Sunset Serenades, our weekly live music event featuring the best local folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass bands. Good food, good friends, and colonial-style libations.
Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.
Six Mead Sundays
Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.
SUPing Sisters is for ladies only! Sorry fellas!! We will meet every Monday at 6:00pm and paddle together for an hour and a half. Each week will be a different place to paddle and explore. This is a great way to work on your paddling technique and also to enjoy some company while paddling. This is NOT A LESSON so if you have never paddled before you will need to attend one of my paddle lessons before signing up for this event.
Come Let’s Dance
Saturdays through July 8
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, “a most charming entertainment” very much enjoyed by colonial Virginians. Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun.
Photography Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
July through August
Come out to The Gallery at York Hall and enjoy beautiful and picturesque ‘Photography’ exhibit. In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.
Williamsburg Farmers Market
Join us for the celebration of our 15th anniversary! Over 40 vendors will bring meats, produce, mushrooms, flowers, artisan chocolate, cheese, honey, baked goods, peanuts and handmade soaps to the Williamsburg Farmers Market.
Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays through October (except for Oct 7)
Featuring over 35 local farmers, producers, vendors, and artists throughout the season, including a variety of homegrown favorites and local art. Delicious food, exciting entertainment, beautiful and inspiring artwork, and a view beyond compare. Weekly live music entertainment. Shoppers can enjoy the added bonus of watching local chefs demonstrate the preparation of various dishes on select Saturdays.
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