Fort Laramie National Historic Site will celebrate Independence Day in genuine frontier style.Old fashioned games, a Native American warrior program, equestrian drill team, Living History demonstrations and a special, interactive program on Victorian society will make Fort Laramie the place to be on Independence Day.The fort invites the public to bring their friends and families and plan to have a fun filled day. Admission to the park on the Fourth of July is free.
For many years, Fort Laramie has been a traditional part of Independence Day activities in southeast Wyoming.As in years past, the day will be packed with events and offer something for everyone. The observance this year begins on July 4th, at 9:30 a.m. with a military flag raising ceremony and cannon firing.
The popular Old Time Children's Games will begin on the parade ground in front of "Old Bedlam" at 10:00 a.m. Sack races, pole climbing, egg tossing, foot races and more will challenge youngsters of "all ages."All participants will receive a ribbon, and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for each event and age group.
At 10:30 P.M. Marla Matkin will present her special interactive program on Victorian Society on the porch of the Cavalry Barracks.
Michael "Bad Hand" Terry, a well-known Plains Indian Warrior living Historian, will be present throughout the day and will give a formal program at 11:00 p.m. on the culture and warrior traditions of the Northern Plains Tribes.Mr. Terry will also set up his Lakota warrior lodge for visitors to inspect.
At noon, a 38 gun salute will be presented at the flag pole.The salute will include the firing of the park's 12-pound Mountain Howitzer.
At 1:00 P.M. Marla Matkin will repeat her Victorian Society program on the porch of the Cavalry Barracks.
The Trotters equestrian drill team will perform at 2:00 p.m.Once again, the sights and sounds of 19th century cavalry drill will be seen and heard on the historic parade ground.
At 3:00 p.m. the Plains Indian culture and warrior traditions program will be repeated for those who missed the first opportunity to see the program.
Kids ages 7-12 are invited to gather on the parade ground at 4:30 p.m. for "Junior Soldier Drill", where they will be schooled in marching and drill just as the soldiers of Fort Laramie were 150 years ago.
The day will end with a "final bang" as park staff recreates an 1876 period retreat parade and cannon firing for the lowering of our national colors at 5:15 p.m.
Throughout the day, park visitors can visit a variety of living history stations, including the trader's store, laundress area, fur trader's camp and 1876 bakery.Free samples of army bread will be given out in the bakery.
Food service, provided by the Fort Laramie Historical Association will be available for the event.The 1883 Soldiers bar will also be open selling root beer, sarsaparilla, crème soda and birch beer.
Come and join us for an old-fashioned, event filled day of family fun and activities!For the latest information about Fort Laramie National Historic site's programs and events call (307) 837-2221.