July 3-4, 2016, at the Yorktown Victory Center
This Fourth of July, salute the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 3 and 4, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.
The Price of Liberty
During “The Price of Liberty,” a daily program at noon held at the museum’s re-created Revolution-period farm, visitors will learn about the sacrifices of Americans who declared independence from Great Britain – from individuals who signed the Declaration to farmers, Loyalists, women and enslaved people. The program will be followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Artillery, Military Drills & Secret Codes
At the re-created Continental Army encampment, visitors can join an 18th-century artillery crew at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by historical interpreters firing a salute to our nation’s founders. Visitors can learn about secret codes used during the Revolutionary War during a daily program on espionage at 5 p.m.
On the museum’s event lawn, visitors can take part in a wooden-musket drill at 1 p.m. each day and, at 4 p.m., train as a member of the Virginia militia.
The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 2:30 p.m. on July 3 and at 11 a.m. on July 4. The Cigar Box String Band will play traditional American tunes at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on both days, and visitors are encouraged to join in singing familiar songs.
At the Revolution-era farm, visitors can take part in a protest of the stamp tax imposed by the British at 2 p.m. each day.
Visitors can explore the kitchen garden of the Revolution-period farm during daily tours at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration
The Yorktown Victory Center’s “Liberty Celebration” daytime events complement the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration taking place in historic Yorktown on the evening of July 4.
Hours, Directions & Parking
The Yorktown Victory Center, open daily as the site is transformed into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through August 15, parking at the Yorktown Victory Center is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to historic Yorktown until 5 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley.
Event included with Museum Admission
Yorktown Victory Center admission is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for youth ages 6 through 12. Children under age 6 receive complimentary admission. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $21.25 for adults and $10.75 for ages 6-12.
Ticket and package options and online specials are available with Williamsburg area attractions.
“Liberty Celebration” activities are funded in part by the York County Arts Commission and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund.