Today marks the 239th anniversary of America’s momentous 1781 victory at Yorktown. Each year on October 19, Yorktown Day commemorates the surrender of General Cornwallis’ British and German troops at Yorktown to General Washington’s Allied American and French troops in 1781 and honors the sacrifices of those who fought to win American independence. The surrender was the last major military action of the American Revolution, effectively securing independence for the American colonies following a six-and-a-half-year military struggle. Salute this year’s Yorktown Day by learning more about the history of this momentous event.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. Yorktown Day commemorative events – cancelled this year to the public in response to COVID-19 – 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.Today, visitors can discover the stories of ordinary people and events during these extraordinary times at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, take self-guided tours of Yorktown Battlefield, site of the climactic 1781 siege administered by Colonial National Historical Park, and take in the charm of Historic Yorktown with shopping, dining and outdoor experiences.