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INDEPENDENCE DAY 1813

July 4, 2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

July 4, 1813 was a day of festivity at Fort Meigs. Soldiers fired 18 shots from cannons in a National Salute and spent the day celebrating the founding of the nation they were defending. Join us as we recreate Independence Day 1813 with weapons demos, historic music presentations, and civilian activities.

Schedule

12:00 p.m. – Site Opens
12:30 p.m. – History Tour Begins at the Rear Doors of the Visitor Center.
1:15 p.m. – On the Grand Parade –  Review of Artillery Crew and Battery Drill
2:00 p.m. – On the Grand Parade – Independence Day 18 Gun Salute. (18 Toasts, 18 Songs, 18 Guns)
3:30 p.m. – On the field near the monument – Musket Rate of Fire Challenge.
5:00 p.m. – Site Closes

Admission:

$10 for Adults

$8 for Seniors

$5 for Children

Free: Children 5 & under, Fort Meigs Annual Pass holders and Ohio History Connection Members

"This morning at sunrise we fired thirteen guns in honor of the 4th of July, 1776. At 1 o'clock we fired eighteen, the National salute, they were all fired from two brass twelve pounders. After the firing was over the officers all repaired to a large bower prepared by Lieut. Hawkins near the lower magazine and partook of a fine dinner... There were 18 toasts drank."

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
2nd Regiment, U.S. Artillery
May 1, 1813