Fireworks and 4th of July Schedule at Colonial Williamsburg

The most common question I get this time of year is, “what time do the fireworks start?”  Not until well after the sun sets – 9:20 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg posted this schedule for 4th of July events  and you can get pricing for the special meals they’re offering on their site.

10 a.m. Salute to the States behind the Courthouse
Noon A Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse
4–7:30 p.m. Independence Day Celebration: Food,
Fanfare & Fireworks
Casual come-and-go evening at the Williamsburg Lodge
Reservations required
5:30–7 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform on Market Square
5–9 p.m. Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required
8–9:30 p.m. Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor’s Palace
Reservations required for exclusive seating
9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin
Fireworks at the Grand Illumination, Colonial Williamsburg, VA 2012

Fireworks at the Grand Illumination, Colonial Williamsburg, VA 2012

The second most common question is “where should we park?” Well, the locals know some clever spots, but truly, we’re in the same situation as you. The least stressful plan for out-of-towners  is to park at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and ride the shuttle busses. It’s not glamorous, but the drivers will get you there and then, you won’t spend an hour on Lafayette Street or Richmond Road or Francis Street trying to get back to the interstate.

Yes, it’s worth it!  Each year I go, I’m impressed at the fine show Colonial Williamsburg gives us. See you there!

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