It’s true. July 4th fireworks just look and feel brighter and better in Williamsburg!

The annual chills-inducing Independence Day highlight is Colonial Williamsburg’s evening celebration launched from behind the Governor’s Palace. 

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a performance by the CW Fifes and Drums, patriotic sing-a-longs and of course the awesome, bursting fireworks above the Palace Green.

That performance caps a full day that starts with the Fifes and Drums and young Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration off the Capitol West Balcony at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by a salute to the original 13 states with a display of each state’s flag amid cannon and musket fire.

At 1:30 p.m. visitors and history buffs can meet and talk with one of our many “Nation Builders” enactors at the Charlton Stage.

Following that at 3:30 p.m. will be a performance of “Created Equal,” an exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.

Check all these details and more 4th of July goings-on at visitwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown also features a full day of events beginning at 8 a.m. with an 8K run and a 5K walk before by a parade along Main and Water Streets.

Enjoy music, the beach, the American Revolution museum and shopping, then close the evening with a patriotic concert, bell ringing and brilliant fireworks over the York River.

Visityorktown.org has all the information about a fun day on the 4thin Yorktown.