Fredericksburg Parent

July 2017

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www.FredParent.NET 13 Once the capital of the Virginia colony, Williamsburg is a part of the "historic triangle" with Jamestown and Yorktown just a short drive away. Transport back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, a historic museum community, where colonial times come to life through re-enactors, historic buildings and props. Also, visit the Jamestown Settlement on the banks of the James River for a chance to see replicas of the three ships that sailed to Virginia in 1607 and more. Just a short drive outside of town, Yorktown Victory Center can help families delve deeper into the American Revolution and the birth of the nation through films, displays and live history exhibits. Places to Celebrate Celebrate Independence Day at Colonial Williamsburg where you can witness a militia muster and salute the original 13 states dur- ing a special ceremony as cannons and muskets fire in the back- ground. Take in the fireworks display from either Market Square or Palace Green after dark. Head over to Yorktown Victory Center's Liberty Celebration to catch a glimpse of special military exercises and tactical drills and then watch the fireworks display over the York River. Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is home to two of the nation's founding fathers, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Wander through Jefferson's home, Monticello, where you can discover the life and legacy of its owner, or stop by Monroe's estate at Ash Lawn-Highland to uncover more of America's heritage. Explore the town's historic past through signs and monuments scattered throughout the city com- memorating some of its historical figures and events. Places to Celebrate Celebrate the nation's 241 st birthday at Patriotism in the Park in McIntire Park with games, face painting, live music and food as well as a fireworks display after sun- set. Witness men and women become citizens at the 55 th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Jefferson's Monticello, or head over to Monroe's Highland to enjoy historic games and activities, food and live performances from the Heifetz International Music Institute. Located along the banks of the Potomac River just outside of Alexandria, Mount Vernon is home to George Washington's plantation house. Families can explore the 21-room mansion and its grounds, including Washington's four-acre farm, Pioneer Farms, as well as several outbuildings such as the Servants' Quarters, the Coach House and even the old family tomb. Visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center before you leave to learn more about Washington's life story through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits and displays. Places to Celebrate Relive American history with special military re-enactments and a daylight fireworks display at Mount Vernon's An American Celebration this Fourth of July. Witness over 100 people become citizens during the celebration's naturalization ceremony where you and your children can also enjoy free birthday cake and a visit from President Washington and his wife. Charlottesville Williamsburg Mount Vernon Fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg Militia Muster at Colonial Williamsburg

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