Celebration of Freedom Activities at Cowpens National Battlefield
GAFFNEY, SC - Cowpens National Battlefield invites visitors to "Find Your Park" at the annual Celebration of Freedom which will take place from 9:45 a.m. - 4:14 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.
The 2015 Celebration of Freedom features guided battlefield walks, 18th century musket, rifle, and cannon firing demonstrations, ranger and special guest talks, and hands-on children's activities. The park movie, Cowpens: A Battle Remembered will show on the hour from 9:00 - 4:00 in the Visitor Center museum. Rangers and volunteers will start the fiber-optic map showing the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution on request.
The fireworks program will not be a part of the event this year. The popularity of the fireworks caused the Celebration of Freedom to grow too large for the park to be able to safely accommodate the crowds after dark. Funding previously used for the fireworks continues to help the park provide a greater number of high quality patriotic and educational programs associated with Southern Campaign of the American Revolution throughout the year in addition to the expanded programming during the Independence Day weekend. The park is, however, dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for our visitors, and staff members have planned patriotic activities throughout the day.
Although there will be an earlier guided battlefield walk, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group Superintendent, John Slaughter will kick off the event and welcome visitors at 10:00 a.m. in the Program Tent. This will be followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a flag folding ceremony by the SC State Guard. "I am certain this year's celebration will be another shining example of the patriotism, challenges and victories that our forefathers experienced so heroically during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. This time of the year helps us all remember where and why our nation's heritage is so important to preserve for future generations," states Superintendent John Slaughter.
Park Rangers will lead 1-hour battlefield tours along the 1.25 mile interpretive trail at 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, and 2:45.
Small arms and artillery firing demonstrations by the South Carolina Independent Rangers and the Cowpens Artillery will be at 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15.
Park rangers will give 20-minute talks about the Southern Campaign at 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 in the Program Tent.
At 12:30 in the Program Tent, folklorist and native North Carolinian, Marilyn McMinn-McCredie, will play the hammer dulcimer, sing ballads, and tell entertaining stories that would have been familiar to people in the 18th century. Ms. McMinn-McCredie's homespun wit makes her a delight to audiences of all ages.
Children will also have the opportunity to find their park through a special Colonial Life Scavenger Hunt from noon - 3:00 p.m..
Cowpens National Battlefield is a unit of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group within the National Park Service. The group mission is to protect, preserve, and interpret the significance of the decisive battles where America earned its freedom. For more information about activities at Cowpens National Battlefield, call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park's webpage at www.nps.gov/cowp/. Follow us on Twitter @CowpensNB. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CowpensNationalBattlefield.
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