Fort Ticonderoga has announced a week-long celebration of Independence Day, from June 30th to July 6th.
Visitors will experience the American Revolution on the very ground the fight for liberty occurred with museum staff and costumed interpreters recreating and exploring the events of the year 1777. Guests will have the opportunity to follow the footsteps of the Continental Army and see first-hand the struggle for freedom.
For the first time, Fort Ticonderoga will display an original Society of the Cincinnati Gold Eagle Medal beginning on July 4th. An extremely rare and important symbol of the American Revolution, this particular medal, one of only two known to exist, was owned by Captain Douglass Richard from New London, Connecticut. Captain Douglass served for the duration of the war and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati alongside George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and founder Henry Knox.
Ticonderoga Guns By Night, July 5 Only
Gates open at 7:30 pm. Tour begins at 8 pm at the Log House Welcome Center. Advance reservations is required for this special event which is expected to sell out.
Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century guns, big and small. Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannons that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga and influenced and shaped the importance of this strategic citadel. Learn how these guns were used to attack and defend Fort Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution. The tour concludes with a dramatic nighttime demonstration of weapons that you will not see anywhere else!
Carillon Boat Cruises
Get a front row seat for the siege of Ticonderoga during this week-long Independence Day celebration. Between floating bridges, flotillas of bateaux, and a whole British naval fleet, the fight for Ticonderoga played out on Lake Champlain and across the hills that surround it. Advance reservations is required as these are expected to sell out.
Daily Activities During Independence Day Week Included With Admission:
Key to the Continent Tours
Could Ticonderoga have been held by the Continental Army in 1777? Was its loss a disaster or a prudent retreat? Create your own answers to questions that have enthralled officers and armchair generals alike for 241 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
American soldiers, behind a wall of earth, steeled their nerves to hold their ground as the British Army landed to attack in 1777. See how an army of farmers and tradesmen used their muskets & bayonets to hold back British & German soldiers.
Follow the Fifes & Drums of Fort Ticonderoga down to the King’s Garden. Listen to 18th-century tunes and marches with this corps as your musical guide.
Guided Tours of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum
Exhibitions staff will lead guests 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 collection of 18th-century military material and cultural objects. Get the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.
Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens
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.
Fife and Drum Concerts
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.
“A Return of Arms”
As the British Army’s siege tightened around American held Ticonderoga, brand new muskets delivered to the Americans fresh from France were too valuable to leave crated up inside the fort. See these vital arms from a secret ally exchanged for the worn out arms brought by American soldiers to Ticonderoga.
Watch a cannon and its crew in their element, holding the British Army back with shot, fired from the earthen walls of a redoubt. Explore how the science of gunnery and field fortification were applied in the defense of Ticonderoga in July, 1777.
Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tours
As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1777, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign fought for our independence.
For more information or reservations, call (518) 585-2821 or click here.
Photo of Guns by Night Evening Program courtesy Fort Ticonderoga.