Fifes and Drums of York Town help celebrate NPS centennial

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The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown playing near York Hall. (Submitted)
The Fifes and Drums of York Town playing near York Hall. (Submitted)

Colonial National Historical Park is partnering up with the Fifes and Drums of York Town to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in style.

The park, which is comprised of Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and the Colonial Parkway, is marking NPS’s 100th birthday this summer with a series of special performances by the Fifes and Drums Corps.

The Corps was formed by York County for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. Today, it has grown to a membership of almost 60 kids ages 10-18.

Though the NPS technically celebrates its birthday on August 25, the Corps has a slew of performances scheduled throughout June and July in honor of the occasion.

“[The Corps is made up of] a great group of kids, who are an iconic and integral part of telling the history of Yorktown,” said Paul Carson, CNHP’s chief of interpretation. “Revolutionary War musicians were neutral. They were adorned in opposite colors of their regiment so that they would be recognized as being non-aligned, so as not to be fired upon.”

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will move into the Yorktown Visitor Center.

The schedule of performances is as follows:

  • June 22, 4:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • June 26, 3:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • June 26, 4:45 p.m. – Yorktown Waterfront
  • June 29, 4:45 p.m.– Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 3, 2:30 p.m. – Yorktown Victory Center
  • July 3, 3:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 4, 9 a.m. – Independence Day Parade
  • July 4, 11 a.m. – Yorktown Victory Center
  • July 6, 4:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 10, 3:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 20, 4:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 24, 3:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 27, 4:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center
  • July 31, 3:45 p.m. – Yorktown Visitor Center