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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Parade, live music, fireworks and more part of the Independence Day celebration in Yorktown

(Visit Yorktown Virginia)

YORKTOWN — The public is invited to celebrate Yorktown’s 43rd Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4 with a free family-friendly event that includes activities on Historic Main Street and also at the waterfront at Riverwalk Landing.

Visitors can take advantage of special programming at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Additional tickets are required for non-York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents.

Fourth of July Schedule

  • 8 a.m. — The Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run/Walk (virtual and in-person)
    Race day registration/t-shirt distribution begins at 7 a.m. Medals will be distributed at the finish line for first 600 registered runners.The York County Historical Museum is still accepting registrations for its annual Independence Day 8K Run/Walk and offers both in-person and virtual options this year.The race takes place along the scenic roads and trails of the Yorktown Battlefield — the same path American and French allies took to win the last major battle of the Revolutionary War to secure our nation’s independence.

    Participants will begin and end on the tour road near York High School. Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt and custom-designed medal. Awards and prizes to the top finishers. Registration is $40. You can pre-register by clicking here. Refreshments will be served at the finish line.
    Battlefield Tour Road near York High School

  • 9 a.m. — Patriotic Parade
    Coordinated by VFW 824, festive music provided by DJ Ben Herrick
    Route is along Water and Main streets
  • 1 p.m. — Family activities
    Outdoor games and kids activities, presented by Riverwalk Landing Business Association
    Hot dog eating contest, presented by Carrot Tree and Toby’s Dog House
    Riverwalk Landing
  • 4 p.m. — Evening event parking opens
    Yorktown Battlefield, Cook Road and Ballard Street
    Will close at capacity
  • 4 p.m. — Patriotic food pavilion opens
    Riverwalk Landing
  • 7 p.m. — Sounds of Liberty Bell ringing ceremony
    Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage
  • 8 p.m. — Super Jazz Band concert featuring Conni Ironmonger
    Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage
  • 9:15 p.m. — Spectacular fireworks display
    Over the York River, visible from Yorktown Waterfront and Victory Monument

Important Parking Information

4th of July Parade

All-day street traffic blockades include Zweybrucken Road, Comte de Grasse Street, and Main Street (from Zweybrucken to Ballard). The Beach Picnic Area will also be closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic only. Church, Nelson, Smith, and Bacon Streets will be restricted to residents only.

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 enter 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.

Morning parade closures include Water Street (Read to Buckner) from 8:45-10 a.m., and Ballard Street (from Water to Main) from 8:45-10 a.m. Traffic coming into town off George Washington Memorial Highway onto Alexander Hamilton from 9 to 10 a.m. will also be directed away from the parade route. The town will re-open to traffic following the parade.

The Yorktown Trolley, the only form of public transportation in Yorktown, will run from approximately 10 a.m. (following the parade) until 5 p.m. It is free, air-conditioned, handicap accessible, and includes several convenient stops:

  • York County Courts & Office Complex
  • Intersection of Main and Ballard Streets (York Hall)
  • Riverwalk Landing
  • Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center
  • Watermen’s Museum
  • American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

For additional information on all the activities

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