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June 17, 2008

CW celebrates freedom of a nation, 50th anniversary of Fifes and Drums during July Fourth festivities

During Independence Day, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums celebrate its 50th anniversary with a signature event.

At 10 a.m. on July 4, “A Salute to the States” offers a salute to the original 13 colonies with a Fifes and Drums performance and cannon fire. At 12:30 p.m. the Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg. Later in the evening, “Music for Fireworks” features a concert of patriotic music with the Fifes and Drums and the alumni group. No ticket is required.

Enjoy a Fourth of July picnic at the Governor’s Palace Picnic at 7 p.m. The picnic includes private performances from the Virginia Company musical trio as well as storytellers, balladeers and children’s games. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will escort guests to a premier reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza at 9:15 p.m.!

The picnic menu will be served buffet style and will include Southern fried chicken, a roast beef Po-Boy with pickled grilled red onions and pommery aioli, fresh roasted turkey with Chowning’s sandwich dressing on tavern bread, potted Virginia ham, fresh buttermilk biscuits, homemade corn bread, old-fashioned coleslaw, summer roasted vegetable and pasta salad, potato chips, marinated cheddar cheese with cracked olives and fresh herbs, fresh watermelon wedges, baskets of strawberries, apple turnover, tavern cookies and brownies. Beverages include bottled soft drinks, water, iced tea and lemonade. The price is $59 for adults and $25 for youth 6-12 for the picnic on the Palace grounds, performances, games and VIP seating for fireworks.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Reservations for the picnic are limited and can be made by calling 800-HISTORY (447-8679) and must be
made by July 2.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” -- a dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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