York County, Virginia
Best Ways to Enjoy Yorktown’s  Spectacular July Fourth Fireworks

Best Ways to Enjoy Yorktown’s
Spectacular July Fourth Fireworks

     Fireworks will light up the sky on July 4 over the York River in an annual community tradition. The show starts at 9:15 p.m., and the best view will be along the Yorktown waterfront. Due to the large crowds, we have some tips and special information to make this a fun and enjoyable experience for all those planning to attend. 

     The Yorktown Battlefield, located at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street, will be the central location for free parking for the evening festivities, including the fireworks. The parking area will open to the public at 4 p.m. and will close once it reaches capacity. We encourage everyone 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.
     Those requiring handicapped parking and special assistance are asked to report to Yorktown Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. Transportation will be provided for the disabled or special needs individual and one escort for each individual. Each person will be issued a pass and must possess that pass to return on the shuttle at the end of the evening. 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. The shuttle will make return runs from the Yorktown Waterfront to Yorktown Middle School between 9:45 and 10:30 p.m.
     While you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers—alcoholic beverages are prohibited. There will be several Yorktown restaurants open for business, and several to-go options at the Patriotic Food Pavilion, which will be open from 4 to 9:15 p.m. The food trucks and vendors will be set up at Riverwalk Landing and include local favorites like Carrot Tree Kitchens, Smoke BBQ, Shorty’s Diner, Mama Barbara’s Kitchen, Kathi’s Clam Chowder, Pop’s Kettle Corn and Ben & Jerry’s. Pavilion proceeds will go to support the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office’s D.A.R.E. Program.
     The free air-conditioned Yorktown Trolley will run from approximately 10 a.m., following the parade, until 5 p.m. 
     Visitors arriving early for the fireworks show are encouraged to enjoy the following activities:

  • 7 p.m.      Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony
                    Location: Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage

  • 8 p.m.      Glen Boswick & Lil’ Bit of Swing
    Location: Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage

  • 9:15 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display
    Location: Over York River – Yorktown Waterfront
Other Important Notes: Barbecue grills will be limited on July 4 to the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area with designated areas for the disposal of hot coals. The Beach Picnic Area will be open to the public, but it will be closed to all vehicles the entire day.  It is also recommended that pet owners leave their dogs at home during the fireworks as the crowds, music, and fireworks can be upsetting for many animals.
Additional Event Info:
  • www.visityorktown.org
  • York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-3500
  • Facebook: Visit Yorktown
  • Instagram and Twitter: @visityorktown
  • Tag your event pictures with #visityorktown and #york757

For more information, contact York County Public Affairs at 757-890-3300 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/publicinfo

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