Fort Stanwix Honors the Declaration of Independence
Contact: William Sawyer, 315 338-7730
Two hundred thirty years ago, on July 4, 1777, 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 continue honoring this tradition.
9:00 a.m. Honor Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier
11:00 a.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence
2:00 p.m. Public Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence
3:00 p.m. Ranger Guided Program
Did You Know?
Construction of the Erie Canal began near Rome, NY after the first ceremonial shovel full of earth was turned on July 4, 1817. This canal, located only a few miles away from the ruins of Fort Stanwix, would soon overtake the Oneida Carry as New York's prinicple waterway. More...