YORKTOWN — The Yorktown Day Parade and several other annual events celebrating the 240th anniversary of America’s Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown have been canceled a second year in a row.
Yorktown Day is celebrated each year on Oct. 19, which marks the anniversary of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown in the American Revolution. This year’s four-day event will take place Oct. 16-19.
Festivities typically include music performances, a wreath laying ceremony and a patriotic parade down Main Street.
This year, however, the Yorktown Day Parade, dinner and reception have been canceled, and the Patriotic Service at the Monument is limited to only a few representatives from each of the Yorktown Day Association member groups and program participants.
Michael Steen, Director of Education at the Watermen’s Museum, said that National Park Service (NPS)’s sponsored events have been curtailed due to COVID-19.
This marks the second year in a row that these Yorktown Day events have been canceled due to the pandemic.
However, Steen noted that a number of other events will still go on around the area during the celebration weekend.
From Saturday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 17, people can celebrate with events including living history, naval battles, cannon demonstrations, live Irish and folk music performances, arts and crafts, vendors, children’s activities and other free family activities throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m.
On Monday, Oct. 18, there will be a Rochambeau Statue Dedication on the Riverwalk at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19’s events will include an Old Guard Fife and Drum performance, an exhibit at the Freight Shed, and more.
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