Top 4 Things to do in Williamsburg this July 4!

It’s July 4! In Williamsburg!

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Top 4 things to do:

1- do it up 18th-century-style at Colonial Williamsburg
2- see 1776 at the Kimball
3- go to Yorktown
4- Drink beer and eat pork

1. OBVIOUSLY- Colonial Williamsburg has it goin on. Here’s what’s scheduled:

10:00 AM: Salute to the States
11:00 AM: It wouldn’t be July 4 without a Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Courthouse Steps
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM: The Colonial Faire– 18th-century inspired games (tomahawk throwing, dancing, trap ball, quoits, 3-legged races, hoops, running races, tug of war, and sack races) (you’ll need your Good Neighbor Pass or an admission ticket for this)
3:45 PM: Dialogues in Revolution, 1776– the Founding Fathers speak (again, you’ll need your Good Neighbor Pass)
5:00 PM: (This looks cool!) Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II– $7 for adults 13+, $5 for kids- at the Hennage Auditorium in the Art Museum
8:15 PM: Concert by Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums– free- get out of their way because they DO NOT STOP
8:45 PM: Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green (free)
9:10 PM: A Salute to the Nation (free)- concluding with FIREWORKS!

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And here’s what you need to know if you plan to go:

– For the love of your sanity, do NOT try to park close to Merchant’s Square unless you get here early in the morning. Park at the CW Visitor Center and take the shuttle (warning, the shuttle does NOT run while the fireworks are happening), OR, park at New Town or High Street and ride the WATA Trolley. Here’s what WATA has to say:

WATA will have 3 trolleys available; one trolley running its regular route from noon to 11:00 p.m., one running express service directly from New Town to the historic area, and one running express service directly from High Street to the historic area. The express trolleys will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end around 11:00 p.m. The Trolley will be utilizing Ewell Circle on Jamestown Road as the drop off and pick up location this year to avoid some of the traffic hold ups that happen on Richmond Road.

– Just be prepared: bring flashlights, water, wear COMFORTABLE shoes, bring earplugs (they’re not just for kids), sunscreen, etc- just be smart. And be prepared to be in the middle of a HUGE crowd.

– Expect it to take forever to get back to your car after the fireworks. It’s just gonna happen. But it will have been worth it!

2. The Kimball is showing 1776 at 1pm and 4pm for only $4!

I mean, where else are you going to see the Founding Fathers singing in a musical?

I mean, where else are you going to see the Founding Fathers singing in a musical?

Here’s what WhatsHappeningWilliamsburg movie critic Scott Graves has to say about it:

The 1972 film adaptation of the Broadway musical 1776 is an account of the struggle to secure a vote in favor of independence from the second Continental Congress. Political maneuvers of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams lead to Thomas Jefferson’s drafting of the Declaration of Independence. I won’t spoil the rest. Much of the central cast reprised their roles from the 1969 Broadway production, including Howard DeSilva (blacklisted in the early 1950s) as Franklin, Ken Howard as Jefferson, and William Daniels as Adams. Daniels is best known, depending on your generation, as Dustin Hoffman’s father in The Graduate, Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere (or the voice of Knight Rider supercar KITT), or Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World. If you’ve always wanted to watch the voice of David Hasselhoff’s car talk high-stakes politics with the high school basketball coach from TV’s The White Shadow (played by Howard), this is the movie for you. The Kimball says 1776 is rated R, but IMDb holds that it is PG. Perhaps this is the extended cut showing the party after the vote.

3. Sick of Williamsburg but still want fireworks? Try Yorktown!

Everything you need to know in one handy photo!

Everything you need to know in one handy photo!

4. Alewerks is havin’ a Pig Pickin’!

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Things to know:

– Alewerks is going to have their much-acclaimed Cafe Royale available (it’s a vanilla and bourbon coffee stout . . yup)
– The MUSIC is 4-7 but the event actually starts at noon and goes to 9:30 pm!
– I asked how much the food is going to be, and they said expect plates to be $10 but it might be less. That’s a great deal!
– Good beer, good food, good music, and away from the madness downtown! What more could you ask for?

Y’all HAPPY FOURTH and BE SAFE!!!

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June 19-21: What to do in the ‘Burg

This is just a small portion of all the events that are available! There’s the market, movies, and the art fair on Saturday . . . check out the calendar for more options. Below are some musical happenings I just had  to point out!

Friday June 19:
Wine Night at Saude Creek Vineyards

ST Lite at Saude Creek

The lead singer from ST Lite shows us how it’s done.

Although Saude Creek has these most Friday nights in the summer, this one is special because there will be a group from Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg there. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but you do have the opportunity to meet a group of fun people. Or, you can stick to your own possy and just do your own thing! I went last year and it was a blast- good music, good company, beautiful setting, cornhole, wine, food- a veritable Eden. They let you bring your own picnic- it was a really great bargain! And the setting is just gorgeous. Friday the featured musical performer is ST Lite (they describe themselves as “acoustic with a KICK”) and there will be crepes there!
(PS- if you can’t get there Friday night, they also have the same thing happening on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-5pm)

Saturday June 20:
Amy Kucharik at Aromas

How do you feel about quirky ukelele music? Amy Kucharik is pretty much a master at this particular genre, and she’s playing for tips at Aromas Saturday at 8pm. The video above showcases her band, but I’m not sure how much of the band will be with her Saturday (I’d be willing to bet it will just be her- if you know for sure, let me know!). If you like Molasses Creek– a regular at First Night– you’ll like Amy- the sound is 1920s bluesy and ragtimish. Aromas is always a fun, relaxed atmosphere on the weekends, and her music sounds like it will be fun and carefree to listen to.

Sunday June 21
Tony Bob Merritt at Alewerks

After (or while) you catch up with dad, enjoy a Sunday afternoon at Alewerks with live music 2-5 pm by Tony Bob Merritt (“one-man acoustic stylings”). The scene at Alewerks is really fun- super chill, but also really busy. Everyone is really friendly, and the beer is EXCELLENT.

Alewerks beerBeyond what you’ve had in bottles and at bars around town, they usually have some small-batch brews they only serve in the tasting room. One word of advice, though- eat before you go, or come not very hungry. Their menu is really limited (at least for now)- don’t plan on having a meal there. Ooh, and apparently they just opened what they’re calling the “Biergarten”- if you go, let us all know how it is!


Have a great time this weekend everyone, and be safe! Don’t forget to check out the calendar for more things to do in Williamsburg!

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