This week marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Liberty Lounge, which has offered more than fifty thousand service members and their families a comfortable place to relax and refresh during their visits to the Historic Area. It’s just one of the ways Colonial Williamsburg says thank you to our men and women who have worn the uniform to defend America. But it’s just one of many privileges and amenities available, so here’s a rundown.
Liberty Lounge, located just off Duke of Gloucester Street in the heart of the Historic Area, offers a quiet place for active duty military, Reserve, retirees, and their dependents to take a break. The lounge occupies the first floor of the Margaret Hunter Workshop, which is a red building located directly behind the Milliners and accessible through the gate just to the left of that shop. (You can use the key on the Daily Visitors Map to locate it easily.)
You do need to pick up a blue star sticker, which is free. Just stop by any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location and show the ticket agent appropriate proof of military service and present (or purchase) any type of current admission ticket, including a Single-day, Multiday, Annual, Good Neighbor, Collegiate or service-related complimentary pass. They’ll affix the sticker to your ticket.
Liberty Lounge is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by one of our volunteers. Many are themselves retired military.
Feel free to plan your next stop, check your email using the free Wi-Fi, or just take a few minutes to relax or peruse the photographs of service members visiting Colonial Williamsburg from the 1940s to today.
Hot and cold beverages are available. For kids, there are also coloring sheets and crayons, and a large chalkboard on which to doodle.
Special Offers on Tickets
Members of the military, retirees, veterans, and their dependents will all receive free admission over the Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. Just head to the Visitor Center, Lumber House ticket office, or the Merchants Square ticket window, show appropriate military identification, and ask for the “Honoring Service to America” ticket. For family members of active duty military, the service member does not need to be present if he or she is currently deployed.
On Memorial Day, join us for a ceremony honoring the men and women who died serving their country. At 10 a.m. the Fifes and Drums will lead a procession from the Governor’s Palace to Bruton Parish Church, then to the Capitol. Along the way wreaths will be placed, prayers given, and volleys fired to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers in all American conflicts. The program is free and open to the public.
All active-duty military, reserve, and National Guard personnel can receive one free one-day admission tickets for themselves and up to three direct dependents per year.
Also all military, active or retired military, will receive a 50 percent discount on Single-day tickets and up to five Annual Passes.
Did you know that veterans receive a 10% discount on tickets at our educational Musket Range? You must buy your tickets on site (at any CW ticket location) so that you can show proof of service.
One additional offer for the summer season. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are a Blue Star Museum and will admit active military and their immediate dependents for free between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Discounts on Shopping and More
And when you visit one of Colonial Williamsburg’s shops, don’t forget to present your military ID to receive a 10% discount off your purchase. The discount does not apply to items made by Historic Trades, furniture, creamware, or gift cards.
Additional discounts on 18 holes of golf, the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, hotel stays, and more are also available. Check out the full list of special offers.
When we fly the flag in Williamsburg, we’re honoring the accomplishments and sacrifices the Revolutionary generation made in creating a new nation 200-plus years ago. But we also want to acknowledge the dedicated men and women who have contributed to the preservation of our liberty during our own lifetimes. We can’t ever take them for granted.
So to all the men and women of our military, thank you.
Liberty Lounge was made possible by a gift from a generous anonymous donor, and is supported by corporate sponsors Lowe’s, Royal Cup, and The Fresh Market. Free admission through the “Honoring Service to America” ticket on Memorial Day weekend is made possible by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.