Yorktown Day Celebration on Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Join in the festivities to commemorate the Siege of Yorktown in 1781 and the Revolutionary War victory that paved the way for America and freedom.
The day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a patriotic parade down Main Street. Enjoy a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town and be sure to visit all of the town’s historic sites, such as the Nelson House, Yorktown Custom House, York County Historical Museum, Watermen’s Museum, and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. On the Battlefield Tour Roads, visit siege lines, the redoubts, and Surrender Field!
Actually you can visit Yorktown on Tuesday, October 18th for the Wreath-Laying Ceremonies in Historic Yorktown. These ceremonies are sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion, and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Earl of Burma, Post 180 (USA) of Virginia, will honor British and Loyalist soldiers. A 10:45 a.m. ceremony honoring the British will take place in the garden at the Nelson House at the plaque of General Charles Cornwallis, followed by an 11:30 a.m. ceremony honoring the Loyalists at the Queen’s Rangers commemorative plaque along the York River waterfront.
Then on Oct 19th celebrate the day America won it’s independence with the Yorktown Day Parade & Patriotic Exercises on the Yorktown Battlefield & Historic Yorktown. The modern-day observance of Yorktown Day traces its roots to 1922, when the Daughters of the American Revolution began an annual wreath-laying ceremony, which set the tradition upon which the current Yorktown Day is based. Today,
Yorktown Day commemorative events are co-sponsored by the Yorktown Day Association, comprised of 13 civic, patriotic and government organizations, and the National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park. Here are the day’s events!
Yorktown Day Schedule of Events Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (Schedule subject to change)
8:30 am – Commemorative Ceremony at the French Cemetery, Yorktown
Battlefield, sponsored byThe American Friends of Lafayette andThe
Friends of Rochambeau (depart for Cemetery from Surrender Field)
9:10 am – Commemorative Ceremony at the French Memorial honoring the French
and American Alliance, sponsored by the French Wars Veterans
Association in Washington, DC
9:10 am – Wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Governor Thomas Nelson,Jr. at
GraceEpiscopal Church, Yorktown, sponsored by the Virginia Society,
Sons of the American Revolution
10:30 am – Yorktown Day Parade, Main Street, – The official Yorktown Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. The route will follow Yorktown’s Main Street and pass in front of the Monument to Alliance and Victory, erected in 1881 to commemorate the military victory a century before. Included in the 35 parade units are representatives of all branches of the U.S. military, fife and drum corps – including The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps – JROTC and NJROTC units, and patriotic organizations. This year’s parade is sponsored by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Colonial National Historical Park.
11:00 am – Patriotic Exercises and Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Victory
Monument, At 11 a.m., Colonial National Historical Park wreath-laying ceremonies at the Monument to Alliance and Victory will honor British, French and Canadian forces in memory of those who fought and died during the siege of Yorktown in 1781.
Patriotic exercises will commence at the Monument to Alliance and Victory at 11:15 a.m. with the annual pageant of flags, a colorful display that includes the American and French national colors, the flags of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the flags of the 13 Yorktown Day Association members.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – NPS historic structures throughout Yorktown, open for self-guided
tours including Dudley Diggs, Nelson House, Poor Potter, and Swan
Self-Guided Battlefield Tours Colonial National Historical Park – Yorktown Battlefield, including battlefield tour roads and grounds, site of the climactic 1781 siege, are open daily 6 a.m. to sunset. The Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, with historic exhibits and the park film, is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with the Eastern National Park Store. Visitors can join a park ranger for ranger-led programs daily and view the program schedule online or at the visitor center. A free Yorktown Tour Guide app is available to help visitors explore the story of the siege, at nps.gov/york/yorktown-guide-app.htm.
On October 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Nelson House, Dudley Diggs Home, Swan Tavern and Poor Potter sites, located throughout the village of Yorktown, will be open for self-guided tours. Yorktown Battlefield also will offer free admission as part of the Yorktown Day celebration. The Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1000 Colonial Parkway at the eastern end of the Colonial Parkway, 12 miles from Williamsburg. Visitors are also encouraged to follow the park’s Facebook and Instagram for posts and programs related to Yorktown Day. For more information, call (757) 898-2410 or visit nps.gov/colo.
For more information on this event check out VisitYorktown.org