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Liberty Celebration

July 4 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

July 4 -- Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown slice

This Fourth of July, take in Liberty Celebration and salute the 246th 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 5 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 yet apply.

Declaration of Independence Broadside

A Declaration of Independence broadside, printed on or about July 18, 1776. JYF2009.12. Gift of The Gladys & Franklin Clark Foundation.

Indoors and out, enjoy these liberty experiences:

Artillery & Military Drills

At the 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. In the artillery amphitheater, feel the thunder of a cannon blast as historical interpreters fire a salute to our nation’s founders during artillery demonstrations at 11 a.m., 3 and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. At 1:30 p.m., visitors can take part in a militia drill to train as a member of the Virginia militia.

African dish at the Revolution-era farm

Revolution-era Farm Life

Discover the variety of activities that would have been part of daily life on the farm for both the middling farmers and enslaved people, including cooking, gardening, basket-weaving and pastimes.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can learn how families were fed during the disruption of the Revolutionary War. Special programs at the quarter for enslaved people will illustrate what foods were eaten and how they were prepared and preserved. Food preparation is for demonstration purposes only.


About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. Admission tickets can be purchased online or in person.

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. Gift shop and café open during museum hours.

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. Learn more about Fourth of July festivities in Historic Yorktown.

The Liberty Celebration special event is included in museum admission: $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for youth ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $30.00 for adults and $15.00 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.