Fort Ticonderoga celebrates Independence Day with special events
Fort Ticonderoga celebrated Independence Day with special events and programming during the extended holiday weekend, July 4-7, 2019. Guests experienced the American Revolution on the very ground on which the fight for liberty occurred, with museum staff and costumed interpreters recreating and exploring the events of the year 1777. Guests also followed the footsteps of the Continental Army and saw first-hand the struggle for freedom.
On display during this extended Independence weekend only, were two original documents from the summer of 1776 that offered a glimpse into perhaps the most important event in American history. The Declaration of Independence stands as one of history’s most significant documents, establishing the United States of America and providing a model for nations across the world to follow.
But how did the American soldiers stationed at the distant camp at Ticonderoga receive news that independence had been declared? Visitors were able to see how John Trumbull, the son of the Governor of Connecticut and John Lacey, a Quaker Captain from Pennsylvania responded to news of independence. Their writings were on display together for the first time to reveal the struggle the American military faced, not only in declaring independence, but winning it.
“We are so excited to display a rare piece of American history for Independence Day which allows our visitors an even more enriching experience and understanding of the nation’s military heritage,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “The Independence Day celebration at Fort Ticonderoga promises to be an unforgettable experience from the waters of Lake Champlain, the summit of Mount Defiance, and of course inside Fort Ticonderoga, site of America’s first Revolutionary War victory.”
Photos: Copyright and Photo Credit Fort Ticonderoga and Carl Heilman II.