5350 Discovery Park Blvd.

Williamsburg, VA 23188

757-254-4354

hollymiller@lizmoore.com



When:
July 3, 2012 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
2012-07-03T09:00:00-04:00
2012-07-03T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Yorktown Victory Center
200 Water St
Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA 23690
USA
Contact:
888-593-4682
Yorktown Liberty Celebration @ Yorktown Victory Center | Yorktown | Virginia | United States

Liberty Celebration July 3-4, 2012 Yorktown Victory Center A museum of the American Revolution

The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, will join in saluting the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3-4.

 

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors, observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, discover the origins of “American” dishes such as apple pie, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence.  

A rare early broadside printing of the Declaration dating to July 1776 is featured in the museum’s Declaration of Independence Gallery. The historic document was printed in Boston soon after being adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, and before an engrossed, or handwritten, copy of the document on parchment was signed by members of Congress on August 2, 1776.

During “The Price of Liberty,” a daily program held at 3:35 p.m. at the museum’s re-created 1780s farm, visitors will learn about the sacrifices of Americans who declared independence from Great Britain – from the individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence to farmers, merchants, women and slaves.

In the re-created Continental Army encampment, artillery demonstrations will take place at 11:05 a.m., 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. The 1:05 p.m. demonstration will examine the role of the mortar, a type of artillery that can fire explosive charges over obstacles, at the Siege of Yorktown. At 4:05 p.m. each day, visitors can watch costumed historical interpreters take up arms for a tactical drill and then participate in a wooden musket drill.

At the re-created 1780s farm, visitors can learn about the transition from farmer to soldier as they train as a member of the citizen militia during a special program at 11:35 a.m. each day. Visitors to the farm kitchen at 12:35 p.m. will learn about the contributions of European, American Indian and African cultures to American cooking, and about the origins of apple pie and other “American” dishes. At 5:05 p.m., farm visitors can try 18th-century games, such as quoits, mancala, and hoop and stick.

Indoors, visitors to the Witnesses to Revolution Gallery can hear firsthand accounts of the war’s impact on everyday people of the 18th century, including Africans, American Indians and women – for whom the concepts of liberty and equality did not yet apply. Visitors also can learn about the movements of British, American and French troops that converged on Yorktown in 1781 and take in “A Time of Revolution,” a film shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater. Exhibits also examine the development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and how people from many different cultures shaped a new society.

Admission is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for youth ages 6 through 12. Children under age 6 receive complimentary admission.  A 20-percent savings is available with a value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. Additional ticket and package options and online specials are available with other Williamsburg area attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums and Busch Gardens.

The Yorktown Victory Center’s “Liberty Celebration” daytime events complement the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration taking place in historic Yorktown on the evening of July 4.

The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 near the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through August 15, parking at the Yorktown Victory Center is free for museum visitors. A free shuttle service is available to historic Yorktown until 5 p.m. on the Yorktown Trolley, and to Williamsburg area attractions until 5:30 p.m. on the Historic Triangle Shuttle.

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838.

Liberty Celebration July 3-4, 2012 Yorktown Victory Center 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Schedule of Events

All Day Museum Galleries Explore extensive museum galleries to learn about the people and the alliances during the American Revolution that helped make victory possible for the Continental Army. Take in the film, A Time of Revolution, shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater.

11:05 a.m. Artillery Continental Army encampment Become part of an 18th-century artillery crew while pracicing the dry firing of an artillery piece. Then, cover your ears as the Continental Army crew fires a salute to our nation’s founders.

11:35 a.m. Militia Drill 1780s farm Fulfill one of your duties as a citizen and train as a member of the Virginia militia.

12:35 p.m. English as Apple Pie 1780s farm How American is apple pie? Learn how European, American Indian and African cultures have shaped American cooking, and about the origins of apple pie and other “American” dishes.

1:05 p.m. Mortar Demonstration Continental Army encampment Learn about the effectiveness of a siege weapon like ones used at Yorktown. Join the mortar crew while practicing the dry firing and then cover your ears as the Continental Army crew fires the mortar.

3:05 p.m. Artillery Continental Army encampment Become part of an 18th-century artillery crew while practicing the dry firing of an artillery piece. Then, cover your ears as the Continental Army crew fires a salute to our nation’s founders.

3:35p.m. Price of Liberty 1780s farm Learn the price of liberty paid by our nation’s founders and others who endured the American Revolution. 4:05 p.m. Tactical Drill Continental Army encampment See how Continental soldiers prepared for battle as you watch costumed historical interpreters drill according to General von Steuben’s manual of arms. Then, grab a wooden musket and fall in line as you begin your military career as a Continental soldier.

5:05 p.m. 18th-Century Games 1780s farm Try your hand at period games, such as quoits, mancala, and hoop and stick.

For more info visit http://historyisfun.org/Liberty-Celebration.htm


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