Fort Ticonderoga is set to celebrate Independence Day with special events and programming during the weekend of July 4-5, 2020. Visitors can experience aspects of 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.
This year, until otherwise announced, general admission capacity will be capped at 400 visitors per day and advance on-line ticketing is required by visiting the Fort’s website. During the initial open phase beginning June 30th, exterior spaces and Mount Defiance will be open to visitors Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm).
Daily Activities include:
Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail: In 1776, American soldiers renamed the 1758 Carillon Battlefield, ‘Liberty Hill,’ as they dug fortifications to defend this strategic high ground. Visitors can hike the Carillon Battlefield trail, and the American earthworks that still stand today, bearing the openings where American cannons fired against the British in 1777.
Key to the Continent Guided 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 243 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
Musket Demonstrations: 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 and German soldiers.
Breaking Ground: A Guided 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.
Bateau Maintenance Demonstrations: See how wooden boats were sealed each campaign season and discover how bateaux carried the Continental and British Army on Lake Champlain. Hear the harrowing story of the Continental Army’s wounded soldiers, women, and children, who fled Ticonderoga by bateau, chased by British gun boats.
Cannon Demonstrations: Watch a cannon and its crew in their element, holding the British Army back with shots, 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 Guided Tours: Oh, the stories this graceful mountain overlooking Fort Ticonderoga could tell! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1777, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign fought for our independence.
Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga. More information can be found on their website.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga by Carl Heilman II.