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Liberty Celebration

July 4, 2018, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Fife and Drums at Liberty Celebration

The Fifes & Drums of York Town will perform at 11 a.m. on July 4.

This Fourth of July, take in Liberty Celebration and salute the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a special lineup July 4 to mark the patriotic occasion.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy 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.

Indoors, there’s no shortage of liberty experiences indoors and out:

Artillery & Military Drills
artillery drill

A young visitor readies to run the supplies to the gun crew during a role-playing demonstration on artillery firing.

At the re-created Continental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater, visitors can join an 18th-century artillery crew at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, followed by historical interpreters firing a salute to our nation’s founders.

Visitors can train as a member of the Virginia militia during a special program at 10:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., visitors can join the ranks and being their training as a member of General Washington’s Continental Army.

The life of a Revolutionary War soldier is vividly portrayed in a re-created Continental Army encampment. Historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies.

On the Farm
ARM-Y Farm - hanging dyed clothing on a line

A historical interpreter hangs fabric dyed from natural pigments at the Revolution-era farm.

Visitors can learn how farmers during the American Revolution became more self-sufficient by growing and processing flax, cotton and wool for homespun cloth in “From Field to Fabric,” a program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Revolution-era farm. The effort became both a necessity and a political statement of patriotism.

At 12 noon, join in a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the day until 3 p.m., visitors can see what’s cooking in the farm kitchen as historical interpreters prepare a avariety of 18th-century dishes on the hearth, using historical recipes from Virginia’s earliest cookbooks.

Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s “Liberty Celebration” daytime events complement the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration taking place in historic Yorktown with morning parade and evening fireworks and festivities.

Hours, Directions & Parking

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 museum 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

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown admission is $15.oo for adults and $7.50 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 $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12.

Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

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.