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Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination falls victim to COVID-19

While holiday festivities will continue daily throughout the season in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Merchants Square and at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, one of its signature events—the Grand Illumination—won’t.

New state restrictions on public gatherings, combined with a statewide increase in new COVID-19 cases, will prevent the presentation of the series of free, managed-access fireworks demonstrations which had been planned as a scaled-back version of the traditional Grand Illumination programming.

The shows had been scheduled to have been held over the next three Saturdays.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s top priority remains the health and safety of guests, employees and the community as a whole,” said Cliff Fleet, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “Working with the City of Williamsburg, we conceived and had hoped to present a series of scaled-back, socially-distanced fireworks events over three Saturdays in December to celebrat...

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