Independence Day Weekend

1776 at Fort Ticonderoga

July 4-6, 2014

Join Fort Ticonderoga for a three-day celebration this Independence weekend to celebrate America’s greatest triumph in 1776.  Walk in the marching steps of newly formed 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 Fort Ticonderoga’s Fifes & Drum Corps.  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 4-6, is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s 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.

9:30 AM Site Opens to Visitors

10:00 AM Raising the Colors

Watch the stars and thirteen stripes of our flag hoisted proudly by the Fort Ticonderoga Fife’s and Drums.

10:15 AM Key to the Continent Tour: Setting the Scene for 1776 (Begins at the American Flag)

Trace the footsteps of American soldiers who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga in 1776 to make their stand against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and mettle to the test to defend their new nation. Explore on-going preservation efforts that keep their memory alive.

11:00 AM Musket Demonstration (Fort Demonstration Area)

Protected behind earthworks built of their own sweat and labor, American soldiers trained to use musketry to hold Ticonderoga and stop the British advance in 1776. Explore the mechanics and use of these weapons.

11:30 AM King’s Garden March (Begins at the American Flag)

Follow the stirring march of the Fife and Drum Corps down to the King’s Garden. Learn more about the martial music that communicated orders and regulated soldiers fighting in the American Revolution.

11:45 AM Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens (At the King's Garden)

From Military garrison gardens to a secluded Colonial Revival spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America and learn about the horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.

12:30 PM Fife and Drum Concert (On the Fort's Parade)

Listen to one of the stirring tunes that eased a long forced march, or one of the many calls that regulated the day of Fort Ticonderoga’s garrison. Explore how the beat of the drum and song of the fife were used together to create the world of military music in the 18th century.

1:15 PM Key to the Continent Tour: Setting the Scene for 1776 (Begins at the American Flag)

Trace the footsteps of American soldiers who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga in 1776 to make their stand against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and mettle to the test to defend their new nation. Explore on-going preservation efforts that keep their memory alive.

2:00 PM Cannon Demonstration (Fort Demonstration Area)

Learn how Americans armed the fortifications at Ticonderoga and the Lake Champlain fleet with an arsenal of cannons and mortars. See how these pieces of artillery worked to defend this frontier citadel.

2:30 PM King’s Garden March (Begins at the American Flag)

Follow the stirring march of the Fife and Drum Corps down to the King’s Garden. Learn more about the martial music that communicated orders and regulated soldiers fighting in the American Revolution.

2:45 PM Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens  (At the King's Garden)

From Military garrison gardens to a secluded Colonial Revival spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America and learn about the horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.

3:15 PM Key to the Continent Tour: Setting the Scene for 1776 (Begins at the American Flag)

Trace the footsteps of American soldiers who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga in 1776 to make their stand against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and mettle to the test to defend their new nation. Explore on-going preservation efforts that keep their memory alive.

4:30 PM Striking the Colors

With an armed honor guard, watch old glory lowered and folded on this day of American Independence.

5:00 PM Site Closes to Visitors