New York Grand Opening Celebration

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Is Your Day, New York

A Patriotic Salute to New York!


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 each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.




New York was featured on April 2.  



Welcoming Ceremony                               11:00 a.m.

Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater


We honored the State of New York and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.


Afternoon activities—Education Center Classrooms


Classroom Program –                                                      1:00 p.m.

Wade Wells, Historic Site Manager, Johnson Hall State Historic Site

“Scorched Earth: The Destructive Raids in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys”



Classroom Program –                                                      2:00 p.m.

James L. Nelson, Author & Historian

“Benedict Arnold’s Navy: The Ragtag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution”



Classroom Program    –                                                   3:00 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Venter, Author & Historian

“Hubbardton: The Battle that Saved the Northern Army”



Classroom Program    –                                                   4:00 p.m.

Eric Schnitzer, Park Ranger & Historian, Saratoga National Historic Park

“The Northern Campaign of 1777”




New York’s Revolutionary War Story


Originally the home of vibrant Indian Nations such as the Haudenosaunee, Mohicans, and Lenape, the future Empire State formed the core of the Dutch Republic’s 17th-century province of Nieuw Nederland. The English fully ousted Dutch rule by 1674, exactly 100 years before New York sent delegates to the First Continental Congress. On the heels of belated recognition of the Declaration of Independence, the royal colony declared statehood and New York’s constitution, drafted by John Jay, was ratified in April 1777. Efforts to encourage universal approval of the 1787 U.S. Constitution via the Federalist Papers were led by New York’s Constitutional Convention representative, Alexander Hamilton. New York became the 11th state to ratify on July 26, 1788.


Find New York trip planning tools on, where you can discover information about Revolutionary War sites.

Directions for Purchasing Tickets
  1. Click on any of the “Buy” links. You will be directed to a separate site to purchase tickets.
  2. Click on the “Buy Now” link under History Is Fun on the left hand side of the page.
  3. Enter approximate date of travel.
  4. Scroll down and enter the quantity of Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown combination tickets you plan to purchase and choose “Add to Cart.”
  5. Select “Checkout.” You are ready for your fun-filled adventure!