Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination

In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign's birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor.

Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.

Fireworks begin at 7 p.m.

Fireworks displays from three different locations within the Historic Area--the Capitol, Magazine, and Palace--make this a highlight of the Colonial Williamsburg holiday season. 

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