Fort Honors the Declaration of Independence
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
10:00 a.m. Musket and Cannon Salute to the United States of
11:00 a.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of
12:00 noon Exploring the Siege of Fort Stanwix - Ranger
1:00 p.m. "The American Revolution" - Interactive Theater
2:00 p.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of
3:00 p.m. "Songs of the American Revolution" - Musical
Did You Know?
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" creating the National Park Service, a new bureau in the Department of the Interior.