YORKTOWN, Va., June 19, 2013 — Salute the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4-6, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three days, visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, discover the origins of “American” dishes such as apple pie, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.
A rare early broadside printing of the Declaration dating to July 1776 is featured in the museum’s Declaration of Independence Gallery. The historic document was printed in Boston soon after being adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, and before an engrossed, or handwritten, copy of the document on parchment was signed by members of Congress on August 2, 1776.
During “The Price of Liberty,” a daily program held at 2:05 and 3:35 p.m. at the museum’s re-created 1780s farm, visitors will learn about the sacrifices of Americans who declared independence from Great Britain – from the individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence to farmers, women and slaves.
In the re-created Continental Army encampment, artillery demonstrations will take place at 11:05 a.m. and 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. At 4:05 p.m. each day near the museum entrance, visitors can watch costumed historical interpreters take up arms for a tactical drill and then participate in a wooden musket drill.
At the re-created 1780s farm, visitors can learn about the transition from farmer to soldier as they train as a member of the citizen militia at 10:35 a.m. each day. Visitors to the farm kitchen at 12:35 p.m. will learn about the contributions of European, American Indian and African cultures to American cooking, and about the origins of apple pie and other “American” dishes. At 5:05 p.m., visitors can see spinning and textile demonstrations.
Indoors, visitors to the Witnesses to Revolution Gallery can hear firsthand accounts of the war’s impact on everyday people of the 18th century, including Africans, American Indians and women – for whom the concepts of liberty and equality did not yet apply. Visitors also can learn about the movements of British, American and French troops that converged on Yorktown in 1781 and take in “A Time of Revolution,” a film shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater. Exhibits also examine the development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and how people from many different cultures shaped a new society.
The Yorktown Victory Center’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 Yorktown Victory Center, open daily as the site is transformed into 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 Yorktown Victory Center is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to historic Yorktown until 5 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley, and to Williamsburg area attractions until 5:30 p.m. on the Historic Triangle Shuttle.
Tickets & Packages
Yorktown Victory Center admission is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for youth ages 6 through 12. Children under age 6 receive complimentary admission. A 20-percent savings is available with a value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. An annual pass to both museums is $35.00 for adults and $17.50 for ages 6-12; special online offer available for Virginia residents. Additional ticket and package options are available with other Williamsburg area attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free, (757) 253-4838 or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/Liberty-Celebration.htm.