Historic Yorktown is Open
We are Ready & Waiting to Welcome You!
Yorktown Beach is now open to sunbathing, swimming, and recreation. Social distancing must be practiced and no groups of more than 10 can congregate in one area together. Group sports, tents, and alcohol are prohibited. We encourage beach-goers to visit during non-peak hours to avoid crowds.
Recreational and transient boaters may dock at Riverwalk Landing Piers to shop, pick up to-go food orders, and exercise at the waterfront. The Yorktown Fishing Pier is also open but folks are asked to social distance and set up at least six feet apart from each other.
Most Riverwalk Landing businesses have opened their their doors as well—each with enhanced health and safety measures for employees and customers. Lodging facilities are once again taking reservations. In addition to takeout and patio dining options for restaurants, some are also now seating customers indoors but at a limited capacity.
Outdoor recreation rentals are available to help you and your family social distance in a fun way--including paddle board, bicycle, and kayak rentals. The Schooner Alliance is back home to our piers and is offering three daily sails. The Riverwalk is also open to walking, bicycling, and jogging, as long as visitors maintain appropriate space between themselves and others. Please remember the lower level of the parking terrace is not for beach traffic and there is a 3-hour limit for all drivers who park there.
JULY 4 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 continue making operational reductions now and into the next fiscal year. This includes the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th Fireworks and Parade. The savings to the County budget is very important and necessary at this time.
But there are still fun activities and holiday programming taking place with some of our community partners. You’ll find the details below as well as a rundown of the businesses that are closed this weekend.
(For a list of specifics on the stores, restaurants, and amenities that are open, just scroll down to the table and click on the desired tab).
*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!
JULY 4: 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.
JULY 4: 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!
JULY 4: 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.
JULY 5: The Road to Revolution and Independence in Virginia, Historic Lecture and Wine in the Garden at Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Café, 3 to 4 p.m.
As we continue celebrating the birthday of the United States of America, join us for an engaging talk about Virginia’s role in the American Revolution. From Patrick Henry’s passionate speeches on liberty, George Washington’s military leadership, Thomas Jefferson’s writing the Declaration of Independence, Virginia led the way in the fight for freedom from Great Britain and ultimately for a new nation. Tickets: $40. More info here.
Things to Do - Outdoor Attractions
JULY 3-5: Schooner Alliance Sails - Four daily sails offered. Book here.
Pirate Adventure Cruise
10:30 a.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under
Sightseeing Day Sail
1:30 p.m. | $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under
4:00 p.m.| $39 adults, $27 children 12 and under
6:30 p.m. | $39 per person (no children’s discount)
New ship procedures due to COVID-19:
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.
JULY 3-5: Patriot Tours & Provisions - Book guided Segway tours. Rent kayaks, bicycles, and paddle boards. Learn more here.
Closures & Cancellations
Black Dog Gallery - Closed July 4 - No appointments
Colonial National Historical Park & Yorktown Battlefield - Closed until further notice
Gallery at York Hall - Closed 4
On the Hill Gallery - Closed July 4
Viccellio Goldsmith & Fine Jewelry - Closed July 4 - no appointments
Yorktown Ghost Walks - No tours July 3, 4, or 5
Yorktown Market Days - No Market July 4
- Alexander’s Photography: Open
- Auntie M’s American Cottage: Open
- Viccellio Goldsmith & Fine Jewelry: Open by appointment only
- Patriot Tours & Provisions: Open
- Yorktown Bookshop: Open
- Ben & Jerry’s: Open for takeout, patio seating & limited indoor seating.
- Carrot Tree: Open for takeout, limited indoor & patio seating.
- Larry’s: Closed for renovations (hoping for outdoor takeout options July 4).
- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe: Open for outdoor dining, online ordering, and pick-up at delivery window. Beginning July 1, customers with a mask and no COVID-19 symptoms or exposure are allowed inside to place an order.
- Umi Sushi: Open for indoor dining, patio seating & takeout.
- Water Street Grille: Limited outdoor and indoor dining available, including full bar area.
- Yorktown Pub: Open for outdoor dining & takeout. Limited indoor seating.
- American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Open
- Custom House: Opening by appointment only
- National Park Service Picnic Area: Open
- Riverwalk Landing Piers: Open to boaters only
- Schooner Alliance: Four Daily sails (10:30, 1:30, 4 & sunset)
- Trolley Operations: Runs Daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Yorktown Battlefield & Visitor Center: Closed until further notice
- Yorktown Beach: Open
- Yorktown Fishing Pier: Open
- York County Historical Museum: Opening soon
- Yorktown Ghost Walks: Taking reservations, 10-customer limit per tour
- Watermen’s Museums: Open
- Duke of York Hotel: Open and accepting reservations
- Hornsby House Inn B&B: Open and accepting reservations
- Marl Inn Bed & Breakfast: Open and accepting reservations
- York River Inn: Closed until further notice
- Yorktown Cottages: Open and accepting reservations
- On the Hill Gallery – Open 12-4 Monday thru Sunday
- Gallery at York Hall – Open and offering face masks by local artists
- Black Dog Gallery – Open
- Grace Episcopal Church, Gift Shop & Day School – No in-person sermons. Instead, temporarily aired on church’s YouTube channel.
- Yorktown Baptist Church - drive-in services Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.
PUBLIC PARKING & RESTROOMS
All public parking lots are open, including Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area, and parking lots at York Hall, County Administration/Courthouse area, and Archer Cottage (corner of Read/Water Streets).
Waterfront restroom facilities are also open. Please practice social distancing when waiting in line.
YORKTOWN MARKET DAYS
Customers can once again enjoy spectacular views of the York River as they shop an array of vendors and artists at Riverwalk Landing. Our award-winning open air Farmers Market is back at the waterfront, with enhanced social distancing restrictions. You can check it out every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (except July 4 and Oct. 3).
Three themed markets originally scheduled in the spring have officially been postponed to later in the year as outlined below.
Pirate Invasion Market: Step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on August 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore a pirate encampment, sing along with sea shanties, take part in a digital treasure hunt with participating Yorktown businesses, and don’t miss exciting cannon demonstrations. Young visitors can actually sail the “stormy seas” of the York River with Captain Mayhem aboard the Schooner Alliance. While most of the family-friendly fun is free, Pirate Adventure Cruises do require a paid ticket which can be purchased at www.sailyorktown.com.
Go Green Market In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the market begins at 8 a.m. and there will be free family activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 12 to help promote environmental sustainability. Educational exhibits will be on site as well as free children’s crafts, activities and games. Call (757) 890-5900 for more information
Sister Cities French Market: Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres France, shop for French favorites on September 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Shoppers will find fresh-baked bread, croissants and pastries; chocolates & macarons; wine; soaps and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French wines, a silent auction and student exchange raffle. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Sample dozens of craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ and listen as some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing on the new date of Sunday, August 9. Back by popular demand is a Wine Garden, included in admission. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Sounds of Summer
The concert series has a new anticipated start date of July 9. There will be no concerts at the waterfront during the month of June. The series will run through August 27 on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30. Tentative line-up below. More details to come in future release.
July 23: The Main Event Band
July 30: SlapNation
August 6: Woah
August 13: Soul Expressions
August 20: Bachelor Boys Band
August 27: Band of Oz
As a result of 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.