For Immediate Release: 06/25/12

Civil War Trust Recommends Seven Fourth of July Activities

(Washington, D.C.) – Although the Fourth of July is typically associated with the American Revolution, a variety of Civil War sites also offer special programming for the holiday. The Civil War Trust recommends these seven activities or sites to visit as you mark this Independence Day.

27th Annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra Salute to Independence, Sharpsburg, Md.: Hear your favorite American songs and patriotic at the 27th Annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra Salute to Independence. Antietam National Battlefield will host the concert on Saturday July 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and concluding with a fireworks display. For more information about this event visit these websites

Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, Gettysburg, Pa.: The annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment will be held from July 6 through 8. This event will offer a battle reenactment, live fire demonstrations, live Civil War music, living history village and activities tent with continuous programs. Ticket prices range from $10 to $54. For more information visit this website.

Celebrating the Glorious Fourth 1860, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host an event in celebration of Independence Day on June 30 and July 1. “Celebrating the Glorious Fourth 1860” will allow visitors to explore the innovations brewing at the Federal Armory. Additionally special programs will include “Reacting to the Raid: Gathering the Militia” at 2:00 p.m. and “Our Home Town Defenders” at 3:00 p.m. Admission into the park is $10 per vehicle for three days or $5 per person on foot or bicycle. For more information visit this website.

Civil Rights Tour, Boston, Mass.: On July 3, the Boston African American National Historic Site will host a Civil Rights Tour focusing on the local struggle for civil rights in antebellum Boston. The tour will start at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at noon. Tour admission is free. For more information visit this website.

July Fourth Celebration at Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill, Ga.: Join the celebration the nation’s birthday with Civil War troops at Fort McAllister State Park at Richmond Hill on July 4. This all-day event will feature the firing of special salutes and Civil War period games. For more information visit this website.

Peacham Fourth of July Celebration, Peacham, Vt.: In honor of July Fourth, the Peacham Historical Association will be hosting a Ghost Walk, which will feature historical interpretation of Civil War era women and families. The Historical House and Blacksmith Shop will be open for visitors. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at the entrance to the Peacham Cemetery. For more information visit this website.

Vicksburg Fourth of July Commemoration, Vicksburg, Miss.: The Vicksburg National Military Park will be hosting special living history programs at Battery DeGolyer (Stop 1 on the Vicksburg National Military Park Tour). Park rangers will speak about how the Independence Day surrender of the Confederate forces impacted both sides and what it the fall of Vicksburg meant for the immediate civilian community. An hourly firing of the park cannon will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle or $4 per pedestrian. For more information visit this website.

The Civil War Discovery Trail, a network of 600 sites in 32 states, the District of Columbia and three international destinations, is an excellent resource in planning visits for Independence Day and beyond. Explore Civil War history and plan your next trip online at

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231


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