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Contact: William Sawyer, 3153387730
Luckily, signing a piece of paper today is rarely a matter of life and death. For the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, or the soldiers in George Washington's army, that's exactly what it was. On Friday, July 4th, come to Fort Stanwix National Monument and follow in the footsteps of those who won our independence by signing your own copy of the Declaration of Independence and enlisting in the Continental Army. Throughout the day, you will be able to take quill in hand, place your own "John Hancock" on the declaration, and take it with you. At 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, join the 3rd New York Regiment and receive training so you can assemble with the troops for the official readings of the Declaration of Independence inside the fort at 11 am and on the west lawn of the fort at 2 pm.
Additional activities throughout the day include:
·Musket firings (in conjunction with the readings of the declaration).
·Children's 18th century toys, games and dress-up clothes.
·Make your own three cornered hat.
Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission to the park is free. For more information about upcoming events please call the park at (315) 338-7730. Please visit the park's web page at www.nps.gov/fost for additional information about the park and up-to-date news about park events.
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