Yorktown Day 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Yorktown Battlefield – Colonial National Historical Park
The 237th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be marked on Yorktown Day, on Friday, October 19, at Yorktown Battlefield, administered by Colonial National Historical Park.
Yorktown Day 2018 will feature a patriotic Yorktown Day Parade and Commemorative Ceremony at the Monument to Victory and Alliance, also known as the Yorktown Victory Monument.
The Yorktown Day events are a prelude to weekend programs on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, with artillery demonstrations, military music, and hands-on interpretive programs at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open house tours at Yorktown Battlefield, and special events in Historic Yorktown.
Yorktown Day marks the anniversary of the American-French victory in 1781 over the British. In 1781, following a nine-day bombardment, British forces in Yorktown under General Charles Cornwallis requested a cease-fire and then surrendered more than 8,000 soldiers and sailors to the combined American and French armies commanded by General George Washington.
Yorktown Day 2018 Schedule of Events
Friday, October 19, 2018 (Schedule subject to change)
8:45 a.m. – Commemorative Ceremony at the French Cemetery, Yorktown Battlefield, sponsored by The American Friends of Lafayette and The Friends of Rochambeau.
9:15 a.m. – Wreath laying ceremony at the French Monument in memory of French war veterans.
9:15 a.m. – Wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr. at Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown sponsored by the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
10:00 a.m. – Profiles of Honor Mobile open, adjacent to Monument Parking Lot
10:30 a.m. – Yorktown Day Parade, Main Street, sponsored by the National Park Service.
11:15 a.m. – Patriotic Exercises and Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Monument to Alliance and Victory, Yorktown, sponsored by the Yorktown Day Association.
11:30 a.m. – Ham biscuits and pie sold at Grace Church, by Yorktown Women’s Club.
1:00 p.m. – 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fife and Drum performance at Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center
Visit the Town of York, the National Park Service Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and Battlefield Tours, the Nelson House, the Custom House, the Watermen’s Museum, the Gallery at York Hall, the York County Historical Museum, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
On the Battlefield Tour Roads, visit the siege lines, the redoubts, and Surrender Field.
Visit the Riverwalk Landing along the Yorktown Waterfront and sail on Yorktown’s home ported ships, the schooners Alliance and Serenity.
Events sponsored by Colonial National Historical Park and the Yorktown Day Association. For more information, call: (757) 898-2410.