Liberty Celebration

July 4, 2017, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Liberty Celebration artillery firingThis Fourth of July, salute the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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.

Artillery, Military Drills, Siege Works

At the re-created Continental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater, 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 take part in a wooden-musket drill at 1 p.m. and train as a member of the Virginia militia at 4 p.m.

A presentation demonstrating siege works, including fascines and gabions, with a mortar firing, will follow at 5 p.m.

Meet John Rollison
Liberty Celebration - John Rollison

James Cameron will portray John Rollison, a free black businessman and landowner in 18th-century York County.

“Meet John Rollison,” a program at 11:30 a.m. in the encampment’s artillery amphitheater, will feature character actor James Cameron as John Rollison, a free black man from York County, Virginia. Rollison ( c. 1723-1780) was a businessman, landowner and slave owner who signed the Oath of Allegiance to the Patriot government in 1777. During the Revolution, he provided supplies to Patriot militia troops and navy.


The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 11 a.m. in the Continental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater. The Cigar Box String Band will play traditional American tunes as part of a “Great American Sing-along” at noon, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to join in singing familiar songs.

On the Farm

Visitors can learn how cloth and clothing were dyed during the 18th century in “Dyeing for the Cause,” a program at the Revolution-era farm at 10 a.m. At noon, join in a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Farm visitors are invited to take part in an “Effigy Tax Protest” against the British Stamp Tax at 2 p.m.

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 on the evening of July 4.

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 $12.oo for adults and $7.00 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 $23.00 for adults and $12.00 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.