• large wooden spikes jut out from a large wooden angular wall lit by sunlight. verdant grass surrounds it.

    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

Fort Honors the Declaration of Independence

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Date: June 25, 2004
Contact: Michael Kusch, 315-336-4448

Two hundred and twenty five years ago on July 4, 1779, Continental Soldiers and camp followers assembled on the parade ground to hear the Declaration of Independence read to them. These inspiring words reminded the men, women and children that their sacrifices were going to make the United States of America a free and independent nation. The fort's garrison assembled every year from 1776 to 1781 to listen to the words of this important document, and today's staff, volunteers and park partners will continue honoring this tradition. New additions to the day's events include an interactive theater performance by Kitty Jones and musical concert by the Rich Bala.

"We are very excited about this year's events," said Mike Caldwell, Superintendent of Fort Stanwix. "Come out and enjoy all of the day's activities. The events are designed for family participation. People of all ages will have fun signing the Declaration of Independence with quill and ink, laugh, sing and dance, learn, and honor everyone who struggled and made sacrifices to make the United States of America a free and independent country."

Events will be happening all day -

9:00 a.m. Honor Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown
              Revolutionary War Soldier

10:00 a.m. Musket and Cannon Salute to the United States of
              America

11:00 a.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of
              Independence

12:00 noon Exploring the Siege of Fort Stanwix - Ranger
              Guided Program

1:00 p.m. "The American Revolution" - Interactive Theater
              Performance

2:00 p.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of
              Independence

3:00 p.m. "Songs of the American Revolution" - Musical
              Performance

Did You Know?

A large star-shaped wooden structure is surrounded by deep green grass. A small path winds in front of it.

Fort Stanwix National Monument and Fort Necessity National Battlefield are the only French and Indian War sites in the entire National Park Service. More...