2017 Special Events


For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors please call the telephone number associated with each event. The following are special events scheduled for 2017 for all of Colonial National Historical Park including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.


Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.

April 8-9 Civil War Weekend (Yorktown Battlefield). Tactical demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. On Sunday special Memorial ceremonies will take place at the Yorktown National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

April 15 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Free Entrance

April 15 National Park Service Junior Ranger Day (Jamestown) Special activities for children will enable them to earn a "National" Junior Ranger Patch. Activities have been designed and are presented by high school students from Jamestown High School. Activities include a guided bike ride; living history tours; a "dig box," where children can explore archeology "hands on," and arts and crafts activities. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757)856-1200. Free entrance.

April 15 National Park Service Junior Ranger Day (Yorktown) Special activities for children will enable them to earn a "National" Junior Ranger Patch. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410; Free Entrance

April 15-16 First Weekend of National Park Week (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.Please note that April 15 and 16, 2017 are Reduced Admission Days at Historic Jamestowne. For questions please phone 757-856-1250 or 757-856-1259. http://historicjamestowne.org/…/tic…/reduced-admission-days/

April 22-23 Second Weekend of National Park Week (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.

April 23 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410.

May 6 Pedal the Parkway. The Colonial Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles between Williamsburg and Jamestown on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 20th annual Pedal the Parkway event. Pedal the Parkway is family friendly plus a perfect recreational activity for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Pedal the Parkway is free, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.

May 7 “Jamestown, Defender of Confederate Richmond.” The Civil War at Jamestown
The Civil War will be the focus of a special tour at Historic Jamestowne on Sunday May 7, 2017. The walking tour will take visitors through the colonial town site and present insight into the importance of Jamestowne Island during the Civil War by noted authorities, Carson Hudson and David Riggs. This interpretive program marking the 156th anniversary of the Civil War begins at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. inside Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Following each tour, a book signing will take place at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center by authors Carson Hudson and David Riggs. Carson Hudson is a practicing military and social historian, published author and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. His publications include Civil War Williamsburg. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pa, 1997; These Detestable Slaves of the Devill: A Concise Guide to Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, Infinity Press, 2001; Piracy in Colonial Virginia: A Compendium of People, Places, & Pirate Stuff, Infinity Press, 2016; and Yankees In the Streets: Forgotten People and Stories of Civil War Williamsburg, Infinity Press, 2016. David F. Riggs is retired from the National Park Service. He served for 38 years, which included 14 years at Jamestown. His publications include the book Embattled Shrine: Jamestown in the Civil War.

May 13 Jamestown Landing Day (Historic Jamestowne). Special programs and tours commemorate the landing of the first settlers at Jamestown in 1607. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. Schedule subject to change.

May 27 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

May 27 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown Nelson House Main Street Yorktown, Arrive: 3:15 Perform: 4:00

May 28 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

May 29 Fifes and Drums of YorktownMemorial Day Ceremony Yorktown Arrive: 11:00 Perform 11:45

May 31 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown-NPS Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

Jun 4, 7 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45
June 10 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

June 11 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Jun 11 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown-NPS Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

Jun 14, 18, 21 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

June 25, 28 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45

July 5, 9 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

July 15 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal

Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

July 19 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

July 23 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

July 23 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45

July 26 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

July 28 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 4:00, Perform 4:45

July 30 First Assembly Day Commemoration (Historic Jamestowne). Living history
interpreters will reflect on the significance of the first Assembly in 1619 and its impact on the residents of the Virginia Colony. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee.

August 6 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45

August 13 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45

August 12 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

August 20 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45.

August 25 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - NPS Anniversary Performances (Tentative)

August 25 National Park Service Birthday (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.

August 27 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Aug 27 Fifes and Drums of Yorktown - Yorktown Visitor Center, Arrive 3:00, Perform 3:45
Sept 2 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Sept 2-3 “Before the Seige”- The British Army in Yorktown." Experience the village of Yorktown as it might have appeared in 1781, under the occupation of His Majesty's forces. Watch British soldiers drill, and execute their daily duties. See local town folk of the day going about their business under the watchful eye of the administration of Lord Cornwallis. Demonstrations, martial and domestic will delight visitors, offering a glimpse into a period in our history long past.

Sept 23 Bacon's Rebellion (Historic Jamestowne). An evening walking tour will relate the details of Bacon’s Rebellion as they occurred at Jamestown, including a symbolic burning of the town site. Living history programs during the weekend will highlight the actions of key events of the rebellion. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.

Sept 24 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Sept 30 Public Lands Day (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.

Oct 22 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Oct 29 Lamb’s Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which features firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Oct 11-12 Commemoration of Virginia Archeology Month and Glassmaking at Jamestown (Historic Jamestowne). Hands-on activities give children an opportunity to participate in the process of archeology in a simulated dig box. Watch archeologist at work. Special exhibits, tours, and programs let visitors of all ages explore archeology at James Fort. Special programs and glassmaking demonstrations will highlight the importance of this industry and its impact on Jamestown. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757)856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.

Oct 19 Yorktown Day (Yorktown Battlefield). Ceremonies, a parade and special programs commemorate the 232nd anniversary of America's climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, no entrance fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Yorktown Day Association.
Nov 5 Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

Nov 12 Lamb’s Artillery and Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield). Differences between the British field cannon and the American and French siege cannon contributed to the American and French victory at Yorktown. Discover what some of these differences were, as two volunteer units, representing the British Royal Artillery and the 2nd Continental Regiment of Artillery (American), live fire replica cannons similar to the ones their respective units fired at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Firing will take place at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee

Nov 11 Veterans Day (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.

 

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