This special day commemorates the Siege at Yorktown in 1781—and the Revolutionary victory that paved the way for America and freedom.
In September 1781, prior to Yorktown, French naval forces under the command of the Comte de Grasse seized control of the Chesapeake from the British during the Battle of the Capes. A week later, a combined force of almost 17,000 American and French soldiers began the 11-mile march from Williamsburg to Yorktown. There they initiated a surprise siege, pinning Gen. Cornwallis and his troops. One by one, they captured the redoubts, forcing a surrender on October 19. This last major battle of the Revolution secured American independence.
On this momentous day, 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!
Here is the agenda for the event:
Due to COVID-19, this year’s parade, dinner, and reception luncheon have been canceled. The French wreath-laying ceremonies at the cemetery and memorial, along with the Patriotic wreath-laying ceremony at Victory Monument, will be conducted with minimal attendance.
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic—all York County sponsored and partner community events are subject to postponement or cancellation. This includes changes to dates, times, and locations.