July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
This Fourth of July, take in the Liberty Celebration and salute the 244th 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, 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 apply.
Indoors and out, enjoy these liberty 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 featured in an immersive gallery exhibit surrounded by signatures of this famous 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.
‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition
As Patriots fought for the freedom of a nation, thousands of men, women and children remained enslaved. Reopening for a two-week extended showing through July 8, explore “Forgotten Soldier” to discover personal stories of African-Americans soldiers and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation in this special exhibition featuring rare documents, artifacts and compelling art that traces the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the Revolutionary War. View an original work by Titus Kaphar, an American contemporary artist and 2018 MacArthur Fellow whose work reconfigures subjects in art history, often reinserting African Americans into familiar narratives of the past.
Artillery & Military Drills
Visitors can feel the thunder of a cannon blast as historical interpreters fire a salute to our nation’s founders outdoors in the artillery amphitheater. At the re-created 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. Artillery demonstrations are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in the artillery amphitheater, and a program on feeding the troops is scheduled at 2 p.m.
Revolution-era Farm Life
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 on the Revolution-era farm. The effort became both a necessity and a political statement of patriotism.
Throughout the day, 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.
About ‘Liberty Celebration’ at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is anticipated to reopen on Wednesday, June 24, with adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so visitors can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. Click here to learn more.
Located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. the American Revolution Museum at 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 6 p.m. daily through August 15, with living-history areas open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking at the museum is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to Historic Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley.
The Liberty Celebration special event is included in museum admission: $15.25 for adults, $7.75 for youth ages 6-12 and free for children under age 6. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $27.50 for adults and $13.50 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.
“Liberty Celebration” is funded in part by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.