As destinations across the country prepare to celebrate Independence Day - we recognize this year looks a little different for Yorktown. As previously released - the health crisis, along with the severity of the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced the County to make the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th Fireworks and Parade.
Yorktown Beach remains open and the complimentary Trolley will make stops throughout town from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Almost every Historic Yorktown restaurant and business is open (exceptions listed further in this email), and many of our community partners also have patriotic programming planned for you and your families this weekend. Please see below for details!
Events & Things to Do
Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Salute the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with music, military drills, and artillery demonstrations. Visitors can also participate in role-playing demonstrations, learn how farmers became more self-sufficient, and see what's cooking in the farm kitchen. Admission is free to all York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents.
*Virtual* Sounds of Liberty Bell-Ringing Ceremony, York County Historical Museum - Every Independence Day, after the reading of the Declaration of Independence, each of the 13 colonies is acknowledged along with the original signers from the Second Continental Congress who together formed the United States of America. While the in-person programming has been canceled, the Museum put together a video celebration of this longstanding community tradition. Check it out here! Independence Day Celebration at the Watermen's Museum, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Celebrate with live music, a food truck, glass-blowing demonstration, cannon firings, hot dog eating contest, and more. Follow the Museum on Facebook for more details.
Take a Stroll with a Historian Tour starting at Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe - This unique, fun experience will focus on historically accurate information regarding topics relevant to Yorktown's role in the Revolutionary War including its historic landmarks and influential historical figures. Call the cafe to learn more and to book your tickets! 757.872.3020
Schooner Alliance Sails - Reserve your seat on Yorktown's homeported tall ship for a kid centric Pirate Adventure Cruise, daily history sightseeing voyages, or romantic sunset sails. The ship leaves Riverwalk Landing Piers four times a day. Book your tickets here.
Passenger capacity will be limited to about half. Face masks will be required. Hand sanitizing will be required at the boarding gate. The crew will have temperature checks before work each day. The ship will be sanitized between each sail at all touch points. Guests will not be allowed in the galley - they will be able to order through the portholes. The bathroom will be closed, so passengers are encouraged to use restrooms on shore before boarding the ship.
Patriot Tours & Provisions - Make social distancing fun and exciting this holiday weekend when you book a guided Segway tour or rent kayaks, bicycles, and paddle boards to explore the town at your own pace. More information here.
Closures & Cancellations
Black Dog Gallery: Closed July 4 - no appointments
Colonial National Historical Park & Yorktown Battlefield: Closed
Gallery at York Hall: Closed July 3 & 4
On the Hill Gallery: Closed July 4
Viccellio Goldsmith & Fine Jewelry: Closed July 4 - no appointments
York County Historical Museum: Closed
Yorktown Ghost Walks: No tours July 3, 4 or 5
Yorktown Market Days - No Market July 4