This week, we celebrated our countries independence with a camp week full of historic, explosive and military things! Here is what I had planned to celebrate the week of the Fourth of July at Mom’s Summer Camp.
First stop was a trip up highway 64 to historic Colonial Williamsburg. Now, I could write several blog postings on one of my favorite places to visit, but this is just a short blurb on the things we do at camp to keep my kids from the dreaded “I’m bored.” situation that summer break naturally becomes.
Colonial Williamsburg is located in Williamsburg, Virginia just a short 45 minute drive from Chesapeake. You can take the Colonial Parkway route for a beautiful scenic and slow drive. In the world’s largest living history museum, you can truly step back in time and visit what the city was like in the 18th century and witness the dawn of America. I always enjoy myself in the historic city. The best part about it is that it can be a free thing to do. You can stroll up and down DOG Street, window shop and relax on the palace green at no cost and still have an awesome time.
Tours, carriage rides, restaurants and shopping are always an option. You can purchase tickets to enter historic sites and trade shops and art museums for around $40. We love to just walk around and look at the buildings, take lots of photos of the gardens and eat at a local tavern. There are always historic interpreters willing to share the history of Colonial Williamsburg with you. Maybe you can even catch a show!
Colonial Williamsburg is located at 101 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 and the visitors center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but you can enter the colonial city any time of the day.
Next, on the list was a good old-fashioned fourth of July cookout. We enjoyed just staying at home with family. The previous day we had our babysitting visitors so I was nice to feel like we were just relaxing at home. Grandma came over and enjoyed some quality time with the kids. We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and had all the usual fixings that comes with a summer cookout. The kids even got to play in the pool and eat ice cream cones in their bathing suits (and drop ice cream in the water). Later that night we played board games, made s’mores and watched the neighborhood fireworks light up the sky. Catie really enjoyed being on the hunt for a starburst of color over the tree tops in the back yard while trying to catch lightning bugs. The babies…not so much. So, we ended up inside watching the Macy’s fireworks display on television. Still a pretty sight with less mosquito bites.
Last on the things to do list was a visit to Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe is a wonderful place to visit for history buffs and nature lovers. They have a Casemate Museum you can explore that dates back to Captain Christopher Newport’s exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1607. If you would rather be outdoors, you can enjoy a walk along the scenic nature trails or the beaches on the Bay. Fort Monroe is host to a marina for fishing year round and you can grab some grub at the Historic Chamberlin’s waterfront. Also, on the fort is a small playground, picnic area and beach access.
Fort Monroe is located in Hampton, Virginia at Old Point Comfort and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
All in all I would say our week to celebrate our countries independence was a great one! I hope to be able to share more about Fort Monroe and Colonial Williamsburg in future posts. They sure are a wonderful reminder that our cities are full of history and life.
Thanks for reading!