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‘Liberty Celebration’ Salutes July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va., June 21, 2021 – This Fourth of July, salute the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Artillery firing at the American Revolution Museum at YorktownFrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4, visitors can enjoy interpretive programs, artillery demonstrations and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence, as well as those for whom the new nation’s rights of freedom and liberty did not yet apply. Whether exploring the indoor galleries or outdoor living history, appreciate the liberties of these historical experiences:

— See a rare July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence duplicated in mass to spread the word of liberty from town to town, currently showcased in an immersive gallery exhibit surrounded by signatures of this historic document’s signers.

— Catch “Liberty Fever” – the museum’s introductory film, shown throughout the day in the main theater.

— Take part in patriotic programming in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

— Enjoy patriotic performances by the Fifes & Drums of York Town at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

— Join in the “Great American 4th of July Sing-along” led by the Cigar Box String Band, playing songs from American history that everyone knows by heart at 12, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

— Share your thoughts on liberty by adding them to the “Liberty Tree,” an interactive feature on a 17-foot sculptural tree, rooted in the museum galleries.

Visitors can enjoy outdoor living-history experiences from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discover daily life for 18th-century soldiers and citizens in life-size re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

At the Continental Army encampment, historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies. In the artillery amphitheater, feel the thunder of a cannon blast as historical interpreters fire a salute to our nation’s founders. Artillery and flintlock musket demonstrations will be presented throughout the day, with the final artillery firing at 4:15 p.m.

Throughout the day on the re-created Revolution-era farm, visitors can learn how farmers during the Revolution became more self-sufficient by growing and processing flax, cotton and wool for homespun cloth. Visitors can see what is cooking in the farm kitchen as historical interpreters prepare a variety of 18th-century dishes on the hearth, using historical recipes from Virginia’s earliest cookbooks, as well as foods of enslaved people and the evolution of period dishes through cultural influences. Food preparation is for demonstration purposes only.

Admission

“Liberty Celebration,” funded in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund, is included with museum admission: $16.00 for adults, $8.00 for youth ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. Tickets are available online at eStore or in person at both museums.

About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, tells the story of the nation’s founding, capturing the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today.

Indoor gallery exhibits and films are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with living-history areas open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gift shop and café are open during museum hours. Parking at the museum is free for museum visitors. On July 4, the Yorktown Trolley will offer free shuttle service to Historic Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information about “Liberty Celebration,” visit jyfmuseums.org/libertycelebration.



Jamestown Settlement to Mark Juneteenth on June 19 With Afternoon of First-Person Portrayals, Performances of Music and Dance

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 9, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will celebrate Juneteenth at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, with an afternoon of reflection, performance, music and interpretive dance to mark the end of slavery in the United States. Although Juneteenth springs from events that happened in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, the event celebrates li

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United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to Speak June 5 at Jamestown Settlement in Conjunction with ‘FOCUSED’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 17, 2021 – Joy Harjo, the 23rd United States Poet Laureate and the first American Indian to hold the position, will speak on Saturday, June 5 at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture. The program is being held in conjunction with the yearlong special exhibition, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience.” [caption id="attachme

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Jamestown Day Marked on May 8 at Jamestown Settlement with Interpretive Programs and Indigenous Arts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 30, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will mark Jamestown Day on Saturday, May 8, commemorating the 414th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English colony with a variety of family friendly interpretive programs, military salutes, maritime demonstrations, accompanied by special Indigenous Arts Day

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This Spring Take a Break from Modern-Day at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 26, 2021 – Set sail on a voyage of discovery and seize the revolutionary spirit this spring at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two history museums that present early American history through innovative galleries and films and immersive living history. At Jamestown Settlement, discover the world of America’s first permanent English co

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Returns to Jamestown Settlement March 20-21, Weekend Event Adapted for Safety

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 12, 2021 – Make ready for centuries of military history in one weekend during Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21. The time-honored weekend event, held every year since 1984 and cancelled for the first time last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will once again return to the g

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‘Talking History’ Lecture Series Launches March 11 at Jamestown Settlement with a Look at Virginia Indian Women in Leadership

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 5, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are proud to present a new “Talking History” Lecture Series in 2021, offering free public lectures that link historical storylines shared at both museums with present day. The series launches on Thursday, March 11, at Jamestown Settlement as Diana Gates (Nottoway), managing senior tribal speci

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Names Mariruth Leftwich as Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 23, 2021 – Dr. Mariruth Leftwich, an internationally known leader in the museum and education profession, will join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a nationally accredited Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, as the senior director of Museum Operations and Education in March. “We’re thrilled Dr. M

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‘After Angelo’ Special Event on February 27 at Jamestown Settlement Culminates a Month of African-American Exhibits & Education Programs

  WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 1, 2021 – Throughout the year and in honor of Black History Month in February, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown present gallery exhibits, films and educational programs that recount the experiences of Africans and African Americans in early America, from the first known West Central Africans in Virginia in 1619 to the con

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Names Glenda H. Turner as Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 22, 2021 – Glenda H. Turner, a leader in consumer marketing and advertising, will join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a nationally accredited Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, as senior director of marketing and public relations in February. [caption id="attachment_35710" align="alignright" wid

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