One of the reasons I’d booked us to a campground near Williamsburg, VA, was to celebrate the 4th of July at Colonial Williamsburg. Once we got here, the locals kept telling us to go to the York River for the fireworks, so we did. Or at least we tried...
Colonial National Historical Park includes Historic Jamestowne, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last major battle of the American Revolution—and the 23-mile Colonial Parkway that connects them.
We then walked over to the town of Yorktown. People still live there, and several of the buildings from the colonial period have been restored. The Yorktown Victory Monument was authorized by the Continental Congress right after the war, but wasn’t built until the centennial of the surrender. (It wasn’t in the budget! Sound familiar???)
At 4:00 we followed the Fifes & Drums parade to the Monument for their review. We sat on the lawn above the York River and watched the other presentations.