Thursday marks the 236th anniversary of the Continental Army’s victory over the British at Yorktown and York County’s annual celebration.
This year’s Yorktown Day features a parade and several wreath-laying ceremonies to honor people involved in the battle and siege at Yorktown.
The commemorations start at 8:45 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the French Cemetery on Historical Tour Road at the battlefield. It is sponsored by The American Friends of Lafayette and The Friends of Rochambeau.
At 9 a.m. the Virginia Society and Sons of the American Revolution will lay a wreath at Gov. Thomas Nelson Jr.’s grave at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church Street.
The Yorktown Day Parade will be at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street and will feature local high school marching bands and fife and drum performances.
Some offices in York County will be closed Thursday — the anniversary of British General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender — for the annual Yorktown Day.
York County libraries, administrative offices and waste management offices will be closed. York-Poquoson Social Services will also be closed.
York-Poquoson courts, the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority, recycling and trash drop-off centers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension will be open.
Programs highlight Yorktown’s wartime role
While separated by only a few hours this weekend, two programs in Yorktown will cover the area’s role in two wars hundreds of years apart.
On Saturday, two days after the county celebrates Yorktown Day, the Nelson House will teach visitors about the role of women in the American Revolution.
Two performers will portray women who are preparing for battle and supported the war effort on the British and Colonist sides. The program — called Tag, Rag and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army — goes from 1-3 p.m. at the Nelson House, 200 Nelson Street.
On Sunday, the York County Historical Committee will present a free lecture called The War Just Off Shore.
The lecture will cover the Navy and Coast Guard’s joint effort to eradicate the German U-Boats off the coast of Hampton Roads in 1942.
Historian Clay Farrington will deliver the talk and explain the effects of that effort on the people working at Naval Air Station Norfolk and the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.
The lecture will be from 3-4 p.m. at York Hall, 301 Main Street.
Conference for home-based business
The Home-Based Business Resource Fair and Conference will be held Friday at the Stryker Center, 421 North Boundary Street, in Williamsburg.
The event is in its third year and is part of York County’s Home-Based Business Assistance Program developed by the county’s Economic Development Authority.
People with a business at home or thinking of starting a business at home are invited to attend.
The event features conference sessions, breakout tracts and more than 20 exhibitors. The event will cover multiple types of businesses, such as franchises, traditional models and direct and network marketing.
The cost to attend is $30, and attendees should register at yorkbizexpo.com. York County Chamber of Commerce members can attend for $20.
The conference begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 757-877-5920.
Reyes can be reached by phone at 757-247-4692. Follow him on Twitter @jdauzreyes.