July 4th at the Fort Celebration


June 24, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Independence Day Celebration at Fort Western

For more information contact:  Linda Novak, 626-2385

Come Celebrate July Fourth at the Fort!

Fort Western (1754) National Historic Landmark and Living History Museum will host an Independence Day Celebration Sunday July 4, 2021, from 10:00 am  until 4:00 pm on the east bank of the Kennebec River in the heart of downtown Augusta.

Throughout the day, visitors are invited to walk through the Fort, Store, and House to view period rooms and exhibits and talk with historical interpreters about daily life in the 18th century.  At 12:00 noon  Augusta’s Mayor, David Rollins, will give the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence in 18th century costume.  A “feu de joie” (musket salute) by Fort Staff will accompany the reading. At 12:30 pm, a special ceremony will be held in accordance with George Washington’s orders (July 4, 1778) by “firing thirteen Pieces of Cannon” honoring the original colonies, followed by the lowering of the Grand Union Flag and the raising of the “new” American flag.

At 4:00 pm, the Augusta Parade will begin at the State House and end at Fort Western. At 9:15 pm don’t miss the traditional fireworks display at Mill Park!

Old Fort Western is a not for profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and interpret the National Historical Landmark, Fort, Store and House located on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine. For more information, call 207-626-2385, email oldfort@oldfortwestern.org, visit www.oldfortwestern.org or Facebook at Old Fort Western – Augusta, Maine.

Hours: Memorial Day weekend through June: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 10 am-4 pm; July & August: Open Daily, 10 am-4 pm: September to October 11: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 10 am- 4 pm. The last tour of the day starts at 3:30 pm.

Admission rates (Non-Augusta residents): $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children (6-14), $8.00 for Seniors & Veterans, $25.00 for family (5), and $1.00 AAA discounts. Augusta residents, children under 6, and active military are FREE of charge. For more information, go to www.oldfortwestern.org or call 626-2385.