YORKTOWN, Va., June 12, 2017— 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.
The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform on the museum’s event lawn at 11:00 a.m. The Cigar Box String Band will play traditional American tunes as part of a “Great American Sing-along” at 12:00 noon, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to join in singing familiar songs.
“Meet John Rollison,” a program at 11:30 a.m. in the Contintental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater, will feature character interpreter 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.
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 also can take part in an “Effigy Tax Protest” against the British Stamp Tax at 2 p.m.
At the 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. On the encampment’s drill field, visitors can take part in a wooden-musket drill at 1 p.m. and, at 4 p.m., train as a member of the Virginia militia. A presentation demonstrating siege works, including fascines and gabions, with a mortar firing, will follow at 5 p.m.
Indoors, visitors can view a broadside of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776, enjoy showings of “Liberty Fever,” the award-winning introductory film in the museum theater, and take in a special exhibition, “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America,” that traces the post-war lives of four veterans of the Siege of Yorktown.
The event is funded in part by the York County Arts Commission and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund.
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.
Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Admission is free for residents of York and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, with proof of residency.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. Parking is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to historic Yorktown until 5 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley. For information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.