Celebrating the Glorious Fourth: America’s Picnic 1860

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Date: June 17, 2016
Contact: Melinda Day, 304-535-6063

On Saturday July 2nd and 3rd, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites visitors to experience Celebrating the Glorious Fourth: America’s Picnic 1860.  This special event showcases a Harpers Ferry of the past--an 1860 town on the verge of Civil War.

July 4, 1860.  Americans celebrated the nation’s birthday with picnics and patriotic speeches honoring the founding fathers and the glorious republic.  Americans looked back to reflect upon nearly a century of progress on the American experiment. Looking ahead, Americans also wondered whether the country would still be one united nation for next year’s celebration or if civil war would tear that nation apart. John Brown’s Raid and execution, as well as the coming Presidential election, stirred fervor and pushed questions about the nation’s future to the forefront.

Volunteers and staff in historic costuming will help set the mid-century scene.  Visitors are invited to witness the latest and greatest technology of the 19th century in the Wonders of the Modern World exhibition.  For additional information, please call the Information Center at 304-535-6029.

Last updated: June 22, 2016

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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