Annual Events

The Historical Committee sponsors the following annual events:

  • Memorial Day Ceremony (12:00 p.m.) - This event is held on the front lawn of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in Historic Yorktown.  The York County War Memorial Monument was constructed solely through the fundraising efforts of the Committee.  It contains the names of all York County citizens who died in battle, dating back to Bacon's Rebellion.  The Monument is updated periodically to reflect recent casualties and newly discovered casualties from previous wars.
  • Poster or Essay Contest - THE POSTER/ESSAY CONTEST HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Since 2003, the Historical Committee has sponsored a Memorial Day Poster or Essay Contest for York County students with the help and support of the York County School Division.  Students are asked to remember those who fought for our country either by creating a poster,  or writing an essay.  After the posters and essays have been collected from all the  schools, they are judged by a panel of art or writing experts.  The winners are announced at the Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall and winning posters are displayed in the York County libraries over the summer.
  • Veterans Day (12:00 p.m.) - The Veterans Day ceremony is held each year in the Board Room of York Hall.  The continuing theme of this event is "Letters from War," and it is designed to engage the audience as participants in the event.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (7:00 p.m.) - Normally held the first Friday night in December, this ceremony begins at the Yorktown Victory Monument on Main Street with a performance by the very popular Fifes and Drums of York Town.  At 7:30, the Yorktown Crier leads a lighted procession from the Monument, through the Historic village, down to Riverwalk Landing on the waterfront to the site of the community Christmas tree.  Entertainment, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the "flipping of the switch" to illuminate the tree are the highlights of the evening.  This officially begins the yuletide season in Yorktown.

Other than those listed above, the Committee is also an active participant in the July 4th Independence Day celebration in Yorktown and the Yorktown Day commemoration on October 19th of each year.