Enjoy music, American Revolutionary history, reenactments, and much more on the very ground where the fight for liberty occurred
Ticonderoga, N.Y. (June 2021) — This July, Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate Independence Day with a packed month of special events and programming, including an exciting holiday weekend filled with historically-accurate demonstrations, a mid-month, two-day reenactment of the 1777 siege of Fort Ticonderoga and a late July 1776-themed concert series. Experience the American Revolution on the very ground where the fight for liberty occurred. Join museum staff and costumed interpreters as they recreate in real time the events of July 1776. Guests will follow the footsteps of the Continental Army and see first-hand the struggle for freedom.
"It was at Ticonderoga where the American's held the line for liberty in 1776," said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. "American soldiers at Ticonderoga, reeling from small pox— a global pandemic of devastating proportions— put the words of Independence into action with their blood, sweat and commitment to freedom. This story provides us with an unparalleled understanding of the fortitude and sacrifice given by these soldiers, which should give us great inspiration today as we emerge from another global pandemic and recommit to carrying this legacy of freedom forward for present and future generations."
Visitors are invited to spend the holiday weekend celebrating with the real fireworks of July 4th— the flash of musketry and boom of cannons— during dramatic weapons demonstrations, and meet Northern Continental Army soldiers who ply their trade as shoemakers and tailors to outfit the fledgling American army. Plus, enjoy stirring, daily fifes and drum performances from June 30-August 22— the soundtrack of daily life in the barracks in the 18th century.
From July 24-25, visitors can catch a two-day reenactment of the epic 1777 siege of Fort Ticonderoga, and watch as the Americans try to hold the line in the name of liberty. Be part of the story as it unfolds amidst the sweeping historic landscape, filled with the flash of muskets and the roar of cannon fire. Experience the hurried American evacuation of Ticonderoga in real-time. The month of programming concludes on July 31 and August 1 with Fort Ticonderoga’s Sound of 1776, a blend of musical concerts, living history vignettes and thrilling weapons demonstrations that tell the story of 1776 when the American Army heard the Declaration of Independence and welcomed the birth of a new nation.
Nestled between New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga is the perfect blend of history and natural beauty, offering sunset boat cruises on Lake Champlain, family-friendly activities, lush gardens, farm-to-table food, nighttime artillery demonstrations and much more. There is so much to see and do at Fort Ticonderoga. Tickets are buy one day, get the next free and can be purchased at fortticonderoga.org or at the gate. For more information, visit fortticonderoga.org. or call 518-585-2821.
About Fort Ticonderoga: Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information and to plan your next vacation, visit fortticonderoga.org.
Photo: Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate Independence Day with special events and programming during an exciting holiday weekend, July 3-5, 2021.