All Historic Yorktown restaurants will be open, and in the spirit of the event, Yorktown Market Days will run until 3 p.m. with several food truck options. Coastal Thirst, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, Chef Joseph’s Seafood, and Kathi’s Clam Chowder are food trucks that will be in attendance from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. On Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kona Ice, Coastal Thirst, and Chef Joseph’s Seafood food truck will be serving at the event.
Water Street Grille welcomes walk-in parties (reservations not accepted). Carrot Tree has several grab-and-go picnic options available, perfect for guests to eat lunch along the Riverwalk or down at the Beach Picnic Area. The Yorktown Pub is serving lunch, so families can grab something to eat before or after hitting up all the fun. And up the hill on Main Street—Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Cafe has sandwiches, salads, dips, and desserts.
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Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public lots. The complimentary, wheelchair-accessible Yorktown Trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Also Happening Around Town
Pirate Invasion Farmers Market: On Saturday morning, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., take advantage of Yorktown’s waterfront farmers market. Enjoy live music; food trucks; and a variety of vendors and artists!
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Learn more about our nation's story through exciting indoor galleries with period artifacts and immersive environments and films. Don't miss “The Siege of Yorktown” shown on a 180-degree surround screen complete with dramatic special effects like smoke and vibrations from the cannon and musket fire! In the outdoor areas, you'll find a re-created Continental Army encampment to learn about the life of a soldier and to take in daily demonstrations of medical treatment, camp life and cooking, and flintlock musket firings. Explore a Revolution-era farm, based on a real-life 18th-century family, where you can help with chores related to the house, kitchen, tobacco barn, gardens, and crops. The museum has adapted operations with safety protocols for everyone's enjoyment. Museum admission is free to James City County, York County, and City of Williamsburg neighbors with proof of residence.
Yorktown Battlefield Walk (45 mins) 10 am & 3 pm: Join a park ranger for a short walk across the battlefield to gain insight into the many aspects of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Visitors should be prepared for a walk up to a one-half mile. Limited seating is found along this walk, visitors should plan to stand for much of this presentation. Each ranger-led walk begins at the Regimental Flags in front of the building
Ranger Talk: (20 mins) 1:30 pm: Join a park ranger for a brief exploration into the people, places, and/or events in Yorktown during the American War for Independence. Each ranger has developed a different presentation exploring different stories. Park staff will meet their audience at the Regimental Flags in front of the park’s Visitor Center and travel to a specific location. This program requires limited walking.
Additional Event Info:
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Pirates Invade Yorktown is sponsored by Riverwalk Landing Business Association, York County Arts Commission, York County Economic and Tourism Development, and Watermen’s Museum. Generous support provided by Patriot Tours & Provisions, Water Street Grille, Carrot Tree Kitchens, Chef Josephs Seafood, Ben & Jerry’s, Libre Dance USA, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, Yorktown Bookshop, Auntie M’s American Cottage, Gangsta Dog, Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, and the Yorktown Arts Foundation.