June 23, 2021
Fireworks will light up the sky July 4 over the York River in an annual community tradition. The best view will be along the Yorktown waterfront and at the Victory Monument on Main Street. Due to the expected crowd, there are policies and procedures in place to make it an enjoyable experience for all those who visit.
The Yorktown Battlefield, located at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street, will be the location for free parking for the evening festivities, including the fireworks. It opens at 4 p.m. and will close once it reaches capacity. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. It is important to note that the walk from the Yorktown Battlefield to the waterfront is approximately one mile and includes hills and uneven terrain. At the conclusion of the fireworks, Yorktown will be temporarily closed to incoming traffic, including any pick-up services, so that Sheriff’s Deputies may safely exit all vehicles. Depending on the crowd, the process should take roughly an hour.
Those requiring handicapped parking and special assistance are asked to report to Yorktown Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. and must be checked in by 7 p.m. to take advantage of this service. Transportation will be provided for the disabled or special needs individual and one escort. Drop-off will be at Riverwalk Landing, approximately 200 yards from the performance area. Due to limited shuttle capacity, we politely request all other individuals in the party take a separate vehicle to park at the Yorktown Battlefield.
It’s important to note that once the shuttle is parked at the waterfront at 7:30 p.m., it will remain there until after the fireworks—with the first run back to York Middle School beginning at 9:45 p.m. Return runs will take place until 10:30 p.m. Each person must possess his or her pass to board the shuttle.