Fourth of July celebrations commence at Yorktown

Staff writer

Thursday’s humidity did not stop Fourth of July celebrations at Yorktown, where people cheered on parade floats, lounged in beach chairs and watched competitors eat hot dogs on grounds that hosted one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War.

At 9 a.m., players from the Fifes and Drums of York Town set the mood, with members from the Naval Weapons Station following close behind them in white uniforms. The Fourth of July parade invited military veterans, politicians and businesses from the area to participate in the procession.

Kenneth Murray, a Williamsburg local, said he heard about the parade from his wife and thought it was an ideal way to spend his time on the Fourth of July.

“It was a good parade,” he said.

Over at the American Revolutionary Museum, an annual Liberty Celebration was underway. The Fifes and Drums of York Town provided another performance, and Continental Army actors led an artillery demonstration at the museum’s encampment.

Guests had the opportunity to view open-hearth cooking at the farm, where historical interpreter Rob Brantley cooked up celebratory chicken and chocolate pie.

Meredith Hankins of Birmingham, Alabama, said she came to the American Revolutionary Museum with her family on vacation to visit spots around the Historic Triangle.

“We’re history nerds,” she said. “This was one of [our] bucket list experiences with our girls.”

By the afternoon, Yorktown Beach and Riverwalk Landing filled with people enjoying food, music and sun. At Toby’s Dog House’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, five people tried to eat as many hot dogs as they could in under five minutes. Jimmy Buckingham won the contest after eating eight hot dogs.

Festivities will continue throughout the evening. Visitors can head over to Riverwalk Landing Stage to catch the Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony at 7 p.m. and the Super Jazz Band Concert featuring Conni Ironmonger at 8 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. over York River.

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