Evening cannon firing kicks off celebration at Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: June 22, 2012
Contacts: Galen Ewing, (620) 223-0310, galen_ewing@nps.gov

Fort Scott – Volunteers and staff of Fort Scott National Historic Site invite you to come and join us in a celebration of our nation’s independence for an Old Fashioned Military Holiday. A cannon firing at dusk, children’s games, and free ice cream are just a few of the activities offered Saturday, June 30, Wednesday, July 4, and Saturday, July 7.

On Saturday, June 30, a special evening cannon firing will symbolize a military salute to “Old Glory” by soldiers of Fort Scott in the 1840s. In November of 1845, Fort Scott received a shipment of two artillery pieces yet no artillerymen ever fired the guns. Learn more about who fired these guns and witness the power of cannons during a ceremonial firing at dusk.

Enjoy a variety of educational programs and an outdoor concert of patriotic music provided by the Blue and Gray Brass Brigade Band beginning at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. During the intermission, listen as infantry and dragoons provide a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence. Following the reading, have a cup of homemade ice cream provided by the Friends of Fort Scott NHS, Inc. as the musical performance continues.

Come and mingle with soldiers, laundresses, and officers wives representing garrison life as living history will be featured Saturday, July 7. Test your skills as you take part in the fun of competing in historic games. The bark of cannon and gunfire will be heard throughout the day as artillery programs will pay honor to our freedom. Listen as Ranger Robert Thomas provides a rousing patriotic speech followed by a 30-gun salute honoring the 30 states in the Union in 1848.

Guided tours each day will focus on the national significance of Fort Scott during the years 1842–1873.

The schedule of activities is listed below:

8:30 pm – Cannon Firing at Sunset

11:00 am – Guided Tour
1:15 pm – “Concert at the Park” – Blue and Gray Brass Brigade Band
2:00 pm – “We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident” – Declaration of Independence Reading
2:30 pm – “Concert at the Park” – Blue and Gray Brass Brigade Band
4:00 pm – Flag Retreat

10:00 am – “Sick Call” – Hospital Medical Talk
11:00 am – “Load, Ready, Fire” – Artillery Demo
12:00 noon – “Let the Games Begin” – Historic Children’s Games
1:00 p.m. – Guided Tour
2:00 p.m. – Patriotic Speech and 30 Gun Salute
3:00 p.m. – “Rolling in the Dough” – Bake-House Talk
4:00 p.m. – Flag Retreat

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the site at 620-223-0310 or visit our web site at www.nps.gov/fosc.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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