Independence Day at Virginia’s State Capitol

Independence Day at Virginia’s State Capitol

Independence Day at the Virginia State Capitol

A Celebration of Freedom and Our Nation’s Founding

July 4, 2024

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Photo Credit: Kathy Taylor Scott Photography, LLC

“…I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival… with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more…” – John Adams, 1776

 
Inspired by John Adams’ vision, VA250 brought the majestic grounds of the State Capitol to life as a vibrant hub of activity that showcased Virginians from all walks of life. The night began with a stirring statewide bell ringing ceremony featuring selections from iconic landmarks and institutions from across the Commonwealth, ringing the bells 13 times to represent the original 13 colonies in a powerful display of patriotism.

Then, the afternoon unfolded with a lively Square Fair that highlighted Virginia’s unique history and culture. Interactive booths and exhibitions from museums, cultural organizations, and artists brought the spirit of freedom to life.

The night ended with a Grand Ceremony the featured a lineup of distinguished speakers whose inspiring words resonated with the audience, reminding us of the core values of freedom. This ceremony was further enriched by captivating performances and ended with a mesmerizing drone light show right above the Virginia State Capitol Building.

Relive the Grand Ceremony!

Speakers:

Performers:

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