Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

March 23-April 4, 2017

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced with 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to America’s 13 original states, a dedication ceremony on April 1, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.

Through comprehensive indoor gallery exhibits, immersive films and outdoor living history, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a truly national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.

Ceremonies honoring the legacy of the first 13 states in the United States of America took place each day in the order that they ratified the Constitution – Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. A dedication ceremony on April 1, featuring Virginia, officially launched the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

States were recognized in the museum lobby with informational displays about each state’s Revolutionary War history, as well as tourism and heritage organizations. Each day began with a midday ceremony honoring the featured state with welcoming remarks and presentation of the state flag, followed by an Honor Guard procession along the Grand Corridor to the outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater for a flag-raising ceremony and artillery salute.

Throughout each day, visitors learned more about each state and its Revolutionary War history through a variety of educational programs, special guided tours of new exhibition galleries, and interpretive programs in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Children’s games and activities rounded out the festivities.

A Grand Opening Celebration – Reveling in the Revolution for 13 Days