7 Top Picks of Events & Things to Do on July 4th Weekend!
There are still many reasons to visit Yorktown VA on July 4th! It may look a little different in Yorktown, as previously released—the health crisis, along with the severity of the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced the County to make the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th Fireworks and Parade. BUT….there are a bunch of fun things to do on July 4th weekend…just keep scrolling for our top 7 picks!:
- Yorktown Beach remains open and the complimentary Trolley will make stops throughout town from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Almost every Historic Yorktown restaurant and business is open (exceptions listed further in this email), and many of their community partners also have patriotic programming planned for you and your families this weekend. Keep scrolling for events going on this July 4th weekend in Yorktown!
2). Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Indoors and out, there’s no shortage of liberty experiences. See a rare July 1776 broadside of the famous document duplicated in mass to spread the word of liberty from town to town and catch “Liberty Fever,” the museum’s introductory film shown throughout the day in the main theater. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors can experience the life of 18th-century soldiers and citizens in outdoor recreations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Artillery demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., and a program on feeding the troops will take place at 2 p.m.
3). Independence Day Celebration at the Watermen’s Museum, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Celebrate with live music, a food truck, glass-blowing demonstration, cannon firings, hot dog eating contest, and more. Follow the Museum on Facebook for more details.
4). *Virtual* Sounds of Liberty Bell-Ringing Ceremony, York County Historical Museum – Every Independence Day, after the reading of the Declaration of Independence, each of the 13 colonies is acknowledged along with the original signers from the Second Continental Congress who together formed the United States of America. While the in-person programming has been canceled, the Museum put together a video celebration of this longstanding community tradition. Check it out here!
5).. Take a Stroll with a Historian – Founding Fathers of Yorktown Tour starting at Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Café, 10 a.m. – Celebrate USA’s birthday with a walking tour of Yorktown. The last major battle of the Revolutionary War was the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. As early as 1769, the seeds of revolution were growing when Yorktown’s leading citizens took their first stand against Great Britain. While strolling down Main Street and walking around Colonial National Park Historical sites, we will follow in the footsteps of Yorktown’s founding fathers and discover how their influence inspired the founding of the United States of America. Tickets: $30. More info here.
6). Schooner Alliance Sails – Reserve your seat on Yorktown’s homeported tall ship for a kid centric Pirate Adventure Cruise, daily history sightseeing voyages, or romantic sunset sails. The ship leaves Riverwalk Landing Piers four times a day. Book your tickets here.
Passenger capacity will be limited to about half. Face masks will be required. Hand sanitizing will be required at the boarding gate. The crew will have temperature checks before work each day. The ship will be sanitized between each sail at all touch points. Guests will not be allowed in the galley—they will be able to order through the portholes. The bathroom will be closed, so passengers are encouraged to use restrooms on shore before boarding the ship.
7).Patriot Tours & Provisions – Make social distancing fun and exciting this holiday weekend when you book a guided Segway tour or rent kayaks, bicycles, and paddle boards to explore the town at your own pace. More information here.