Memorial Day Weekend Events

Cannon crew in 19th century US army uniforms firing a cannon.
Living history crew fires the howitzer at Fort Larned


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News Release Date: May 11, 2016

Contact: Visitor Center, 620-285-6911

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner and Fort Larned National Historic Site is the perfect place to celebrate. With plenty of living history volunteers and special programs they'll bring this authentic frontier Army post to life. Feel the thrill as the cannon booms and the rifles fire, or watch in awe as the blacksmith uses fire to transform ordinary metal into beautiful objects. There's something for the whole family, including programs on the life of the common soldier, life on officers' row, how to grow a post garden, and carriage rides. And the best part of all? Everything is free!

The events will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28, 29 &30. The schedule of demonstrations and special programs for all three days will be:

10:00 am –Forge and Anvil:Watch and listen as the blacksmith transforms iron

(In the Blacksmith Shop)

11:00 am –From Garden to Table: Experience the fragrance and flavors of the post garden

(Behind the North Officers' Quarters)

1:00 pm –Artillery and Rifle Firing Demonstrations:See how the soldiers used their weapons during the Indian Wars.

(Behind the Commissary Building)

2:00 pm –Ladies of the Post:Learn about the "Real Housewives of Fort Larned"

(In the North Officers' Quarters)

3:00 pm –Soldiers of the Post: Find out if you have what it takes to be a frontier soldier

(In the Barracks)

5:00 pm –Flag Retreat: Experience this traditional Army flag lowering ceremony done the 19th century way.

(On the Parade Ground)

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences.

Last updated: May 11, 2016

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Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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