July 3, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Join Fort Ticonderoga for a three-day celebration this Independence weekend to celebrate the fight for American independence in 1776.
Walk in the marching steps of Continental soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga as historic interpreters demonstrate weapons of independence and explain the daily military duties of soldiers garrisoning the Fort. Explore family programs that highlight the fight for independence and listen to patriotic performances by the Fife & Drum Corps of Fort Ticonderoga. Celebrate freedom by exploring one of the greatest triumphs of 1776 as you discover the stories of the men who helped transform America by overcoming tremendous odds to build the American Northern Army in the fight for liberty. Be in the moment as America began to take shape at Fort Ticonderoga! Admission to this special holiday living history weekend, July 3-5, is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.
Sick, weary, and tired, the remnants of the American Northern Army streamed back from Canada to Ticonderoga. General Horatio Gates, their newly-appointed commander, quickly sprung into action reorganizing, resupplying, and restoring the discipline of America’s northern defense. Gates put soldiers from New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to work building earthworks all around the old Fort of Ticonderoga and constructing a navy to defend Lake Champlain.
All weekend long, meet the soldiers of the Northern Department of the Continental Army and their hive of military preparations at Ticonderoga in 1776. Watch artificers in action in public store busily working to resupply soldiers with clothing and equipment. Watch as these soldiers work to get cannons, ammunition, and themselves ready to meet the British army. Watch rations cooked, logs hewn, and the Fort’s 1776 restoration in action.