• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Celebrate America’s Independence At Your Western PA National Parks

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Date: June 24, 2013
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-8131

Farmington, PA - The National Park Service invites you to celebrate America’s Independence by attending special July 4th events in the five Western Pennsylvania National Parks. Park staff and volunteers have planned many fun and educational activities for July 4th and on the weekends leading up to and following the federal holiday. You can hike with a Park Ranger along a historic road trace though the mountains, watch the firing of muskets and artillery used during the French and Indian War, kids can learn about history by becoming a Junior Ranger and everyone will enjoy a free outdoor concert of patriotic favorites performed by the VFW Band on the historic battlefield. Western PA National Parks' Superintendent Jeff Reinbold encourages visitors to "spend time with family and friends exploring the National Parks that showcase American history from the 1750's to the present."

On July 4, all five Western PA National Parks will be open and visitors can attend many different types of programs presented by Park Rangers and volunteers including; guided tours of the Gallatin House at Friendship Hill, attend a new citizen’s naturalization ceremony at Fort Necessity, Ranger and volunteer led programs at the Memorial Plaza at Flight 93, one-hour van tours of the Park at Johnstown Flood National Memorial and tour a restored tavern, the Lemon House at Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS.

On the weekend before the 4th, the Parks staff are planning special activities for visitors of all ages. Saturday, June 29, "Allegheny Portage Railroad Day" will be held at Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS. Visitors can learn about life and work from the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. The National Park Service presents this special day of demonstrations and programs to show skills and daily activities of the 1830's and 1840's. Events will last from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include stonecutting, rope making, log hewing, spinning & weaving, cooking, a recreated workers encampment, children’s games and activities. Children are invited to participate in Junior Ranger Day which will include a special archaeology activity.

Also on Saturday, June 29, at Friendship Hill NHS, families are encouraged to participate in "Crafty Saturdays" activities. These hands-on fun activities will be from 1:00 to 4:00. Visitors can make corn husk dolls, learn how to do needlework and weave baskets. Craft materials are provided programs.

On Sunday, June 30, you can hike with a Ranger at Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS. This guided hike is a nice easy walk along the trace of the Allegheny Portage Railroad near the Lemon House in the Summit area of the park. The hike is free but reservations are required,



Did You Know?

Group of British soldiers firing muskets at Fort Necessity

In 1771, George Washington purchased the meadow where he had fought the first battle of his military career. He owned the land until his death in 1799. The land is now part of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. More...