Independence Day Weekend

July 1, 2017 – July 4, 2017

Join Fort Ticonderoga July 1-4 for a four-day celebration this Independence Day Weekend. Witness the fight for liberty when the continental army fought to hold the line for independence at the great fortress Ticonderoga. Thrill at the power of artillery during cannon demonstrations and march to the beat of the Fife and Drum Corps as they perform patriotic music throughout the weekend. Admission to this special holiday living history event is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. 

Visitor Schedule

9:30 AM Fort Opens to Visitors
 
10:15 AM Key to the Continent Tour: The Year of the Hangman (Begins at the American Flag)
Could Ticonderoga have been held by the Continental Army in 1777? Was its loss a disaster or a prudent retreat? Draw your own conclusions to questions that have enthralled officers and armchair generals alike for 240 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
 
10:30 AM Carillon Cruise (Begins at the dock located by the King’s Garden)
Explore Ticonderoga’s incredible saga surrounded in stunning natural beauty during this 90-minute boat tour. Climb aboard the Carillon, a replica 1920s tour boat, and learn about the epic fight of the Continental Army to hold Ticonderoga by land and lake in 1776 and 1777. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (518) 585-2821 or the day of by visiting the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.
 
10:40 AM Family Guided Tour (Begins at the American Flag)
In this fun, active tour, explore the history of the great fort. Discover all of the exciting things to do during your visit.
 
11: 00 AM Musket Demonstration (Demonstration Area)
American soldiers, behind a wall of earth, steeled their nerves to hold their ground as the British Army landed on July 2nd, 1777. See how an army of farmers and tradesmen used their muskets & bayonets to hold back British & German regular troops.
 
11:30 AM A Guided Tour of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum (Parade Ground)
Exhibitions staff will lead you on a guided tour of this remarkable museum's highlights. Begun more than a century ago, the Fort Ticonderoga museum has North America's largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. Get the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.
 
11:30 AM Garden March(Begins at the American Flag)
Follow the Fifes & Drums of Fort Ticonderoga down to the King’s Garden. Enjoy your favorite 18th century tunes and marches with the Corps as your musical guide.
 
11:45 AM Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens (Begins in the King’s Garden)
From military garrison gardens to a secluded colonial revival commemorative spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Discover the layers of horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.
 
12:30 PM Fife and Drum Concert(Parade Ground)
From the earliest patriotic songs which inspired a nation, to the everyday duties and marches that regulated army life, listen to the fifes and drums of the American defenders of Ticonderoga. See the massed fifers and drummers of the many regiments who were charged with holding the British Army at bay.
 
1:00 PM Carillon Cruise (Begins at the dock located by the King’s Garden)
Explore Ticonderoga’s incredible saga surrounded in stunning natural beauty during this 90-minute boat tour. Climb aboard the Carillon, a replica late 19th -century touring boat, and learn about the region’s national importance and epic story as you relax on Lake Champlain. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (518) 585-2821 or the day of by visiting the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center
 
1:00 PM “A Return of Arms” (Parade Ground)
As the British Army’s siege tightened around American held Ticonderoga, brand new muskets fresh from France were too valuable to leave crated up inside the fort. See these vital weapons exchanged for the worn out guns brought by American soldiers to Ticonderoga during this living history program.
 
1:15 PM Key to the Continent Tour: The Year of the Hangman (Begins at the American Flag)
Could Ticonderoga have been held by the Continental Army in 1777? Was its loss a disaster or a prudent retreat? Draw your own conclusions to questions that have enthralled officers and armchair generals alike for 240 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
 
1:40 PM Family Guided Tour (Begins at American Flag)
In this fun, active tour, explore the history of the great fort. Discover all of the exciting things to do during your visit.
 
2:00 PM Cannon Demonstration (Recreated Redoubt)
Watch a cannon and its crew hold the British Army back with shot, fired from the earthen walls. Discover how the science of gunnery and field fortification were applied in the defense of Ticonderoga in July, 1777.
 
2:30 PM A Guided Tour of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum (Parade Ground)
Exhibitions staff will lead you on a guided tour of this remarkable museum's highlights. Begun more than a century ago, the Fort Ticonderoga museum has North America's largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. Get the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.
 
2:30 PM Garden March(Begins at the American Flag)
Follow the Fifes & Drums of Fort Ticonderoga down to the King’s Garden. Enjoy your favorite 18th-century tunes and marches with the Corps as your musical guide.
 
2:45 PM Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens (Begins in the King’s Garden)
From military garrison gardens to a secluded colonial revival commemorative spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Discover the layers of horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.
 
3:00 PM Key to the Continent Tour: The Year of the Hangman (Begins at the American Flag)
Could Ticonderoga have been held by the Continental Army in 1777? Was its loss a disaster or a prudent retreat? Draw your own conclusions to questions that have enthralled officers and armchair generals alike for 239 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
 
3:30 PM Carillon Cruise (Begins at the dock located by the King’s Garden)
Explore Ticonderoga’s incredible saga surrounded in stunning natural beauty during this 90-minute boat tour. Climb aboard the Carillon, a replica late 19th -century touring boat, and learn about the region’s national importance and epic story as you relax on Lake Champlain. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (518) 585-2821 or the day of by visiting the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center
 
4:00 PM Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour (Begins at the Summit of Mount Defiance)
Oh the stories this mountain overlooking Fort Ticonderoga could tell! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1777, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign.
 
 
Ongoing Throughout the Day 10:00AM-4:30PM
 
Earthworks Construction (Recreated Redoubt)
A cannon was only as good as the wall of earth that protected the gun and its crew. Watch as logs and saplings dragged by oxen are tied, pinned and backed with earth to create a strong parapet. Foot by foot, watch the walls of earthworks rise.
 
Soldiers’ Dinner(Camp Kitchen)
“195 barrels of beef, at 212 lbs,” each equals FOOD, on the scale of an army. Join the mess cook at the camp kitchen to discover how Ticonderoga was a major supply depot. See how in 1777 soldiers’ rations could mean retreat, victory, or surrender.
Musket Maintenance(Inside Fort Parade Ground)
Whether cobbled together fowlers or brand new imported muskets, these weapons depended on the soldiers’ time and attention to keep them in working order. Watch as hot water, grease, and a little brick dust keep these weapons working lock, stock and barrel.
 
Tailoring(Officer’s Barracks)
Wool, hemp, and linen were some of the most important materials an army could obtain.  Watch as clothing and mattresses are constructed for soldiers’ use.  Examine how tailors work helped maintain a professional military appearance.
 
Shoemaking (Officer’s Barracks)
Shoeing an army was just as important as clothing an army in 1777. Soldier’s shoes wore away quickly from marching on rough roads or soldiers’. Whether barrels full of shoes from the quartermaster or individual soldiers repairing their mess-mates’ shoes, discover how shoemakers kept the army on its feet.