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Fall and spring are the most pleasant times to go to the Historic Triangle. Winters can be chilly and summers in Virginia are damp and hot. Remember that many of the attractions involve walking from building to building or touring battlegrounds. If you go in summer, plan to tour in the morning and evening, reserving the hottest part of the midday for air-conditioned museums or water activities.
During December's Grand Illuminations in Williamsburg, Virginia, 18th-century entertainment is performed on several outdoor stages and fireworks are set off at several points through the evening. 800/447–8679. www.history.org.
In March, Military Through the Ages in Jamestown, Virginia, uses authentic weapons in a series of reenactments of battles from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. 757/253–4838. www.historyisfun.org.
Yorktown Day observances in Yorktown, Virginia, celebrate the Colonial victory in the American War of Independence (October 19, 1781) with 18th-century tactical demonstrations, patriotic exercises, and a wreath-laying ceremony. 757/898–2410. www.nps.gov/colo.
The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, reenacts the original Thanksgiving of December 4, 1619, with performances of period music and the participation of costumed colonists and Native Americans. Always on the first Sunday in November. Tours are 9 AM to 5 PM. 804/829–6018. www.berkeleyplantation.com.