Independence Day Celebrations

January 18, 2020 - 08:00 amJanuary 18, 2020 - 10:00 pmJuly 4, 2019, 8am - 10pm
Historic Yorktown
301 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
United States 301 Main Street Yorktown 23690

Let's Celebrate Like It's 1776!

Fireworks, hot dogs, live music, sandy beaches, and good 'ole patriotism-can we count you in this Fourth of July? There's no better place to spend the holiday than in the very spot where Gen. Cornwallis raised the white flag more than 200 years ago. Throughout the day you can enjoy the many scheduled events outlined below, or simply kick back on the beach, visit local shops, and explore museums. So spread the word to family and friends, and help make Yorktown's 40th Independence Day Celebration the most spectacular one yet!

Independence Day 8K & 5k Run/Walk - 8 a.m.

You can register for either the 8K Run or the 5K Walk with projected courses along the tree-lined tour roads, in the shadow of Surrender Field. The 8K starts promptly at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins ten minutes later. Both routes start on Historical Tour Road in the Battlefield just past the George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) overpass. The 8K loops the Battlefield and finishes beyond Surrender Field. The 5K runs out onto Historical Tour Road, turns around midpoint, and finishes back at the starting line. Pre-registration and Registration Information:

All American Activities 

​In the afternoon, gear up for free family-friendly fun at Riverwalk Landing. The kiddos can get their faces painted, play patriotic games, and do U.S.A.-themed crafts. And don't miss the hot dog-eating contest presented by Toby's Dog House plus more! Go to the site to view more activities!

Bell-Ringing Ceremony & Patriotic Concert - 7 p.m.

​Every Independence Day, after the reading of the Declaration of Independence, the York County Historical Museum holds a symbolic and historic program that's been a community tradition here in York County for decades. First comes the acknowledgment of all 13 colonies, along with the original signers from the Second Continental Congress who together formed the United States of America. The Fifes and Drums of York Town kick off the event at the Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage and each year a different child from the audience is bestowed the very special honor of ringing the bell. Following the historic program, Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Ironmonger will take the stage to perform a patriotic concert leading up to the big fireworks finale!

The Fireworks Finale - 9:15 p.m.

Finally, it's time for the sky above the York River to come alive! You should be able to see the fireworks anywhere at the waterfront. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. and lasts about 15-18 minutes. 

Due to the anticipated crowds for the July Fourth fireworks, several temporary traffic patterns will be in place in Historic Yorktown that day, in addition to a few temporary street closures and blockades. Closed All Day to Vehicular Traffic: • Zweybrucken Road • Comte de Grasse Street • Main Street (from Zweybrucken to Ballard)   • Beach Picnic Area (located at corner of Water and Comte de Grasse Streets)  • Church, Nelson, Smith, and Bacon Streets (restricted to residents only). 

 Closed for Parade: • 8:30 - 10 a.m.  Water Street from Comte de Grasse Street to Ballard Street  • 9 - 10 a.m.  Ballard Street from Water Street to Main Street .From 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., all traffic arriving from Alexander Hamilton Boulevard via George Washington Memorial Highway will be re-routed right on to Ballard Street. Evening Activities: Beginning at 4 p.m., unless you are a Yorktown Village resident, Riverwalk Landing business owner, or have an official pass-you will not be able to park in Historic Yorktown. Visitors attending the evening activities must park on the Yorktown Battlefield at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street, which can be accessed by Cook Road or the Colonial Parkway. The Battlefield will remain open to the public until it reaches capacity. This includes visitors attempting to access town via Goosley Road, Old Williamsburg Road, the Colonial Parkway, and Mathews Street (by way of George Washington Memorial Highway). The free air-conditioned Yorktown Trolley will run from approximately 10 a.m., following the parade, until 5 p.m.   

Handicapped Parking and Special Assistance:  Transportation will be provided from Yorktown Middle School from 4 - 7 p.m. for those with disabilities and special needs, as well as one designated escort. You must be on site and checked in by 7 p.m. to get a ride to the waterfront.  Also, both passengers will be issued passes and must have them to return on the shuttle at the end of the evening. Drop-off will be at the Yorktown waterfront, approximately 200 yards from the performance area. Due to limited shuttle capacity, we politely request all other individuals in the party take a separate vehicle to park at the Battlefield. The shuttle will make return runs from the Yorktown Waterfront to Yorktown Middle School from 9:45 – 10:30 p.m. It is important to note that the shuttle will be parked from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. and will return to service after the fireworks show.  

Other Important Notes:  Barbecue grills will be limited on July 4 to the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area with designated areas for the disposal of hot coals. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 

Additional Event Info: • • York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500 • Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter:  @visityorktown • #visityorktown and #york757