This family-friendly event launches Old Fort Niagara's reenactment season with a salute to veterans and patriotism. Learn about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began April 19, 1775, and started the American Revolution. Role play with wooden muskets as a "rebel" or "loyalist" and join a mock army with reenactors leading the charge. Reenactors will also present musket-firing and clothing demonstrations, 18th century military drills and be available to meet with visitors and answer questions.
The daily schedule follows:
10 a.m. Assemble - re-enactors will gather on the parade grounds
11 a.m. Recruiting Demonstration - kids and parents are invited to "enlist" as Rebels or Loyalists
12 p.m. Storytelling about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that started the American Revolution
1 p.m. Clothing Demonstration
2 p.m. Saturday: Patriots Day Ceremony; and Musket Firing
2 p.m. Sunday: Patriots Day Honors; and Musket Firing
Additionally, guided tours of Old Fort Niagara will be available Saturday and Sunday.
The cost to attend these events is regular admission to the fort ($12/adult, $8/child ages 6-12, free/children 5 and under) and is free to members of Old Fort Niagara. Veterans and active military service people will be admitted free with proper ID.