Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration

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Date(s) - 07/04/2020
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Bent's Old Fort


The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s. The victory over the British in the War for Independence was still only a few generations in the past, and the War of 1812, which some Americans considered “a second battle for Independence” was but a few decades earlier.

The holiday will be commemorated at the fort in “1840s-style” with a parade, orations and games. Some of the cross-cultural nature of the fort will be shown with a piñata break. A replica flag that has flown over the fort will also be given away.

The full schedule can be found below:
1:30 pm Parade – the parade will be led by the wagon and oxen and will start at the visitor parking lot and travel to the fort. Raise the large flag and give a cheer for the freedoms we enjoy
2 pm – Tolling of the bell to ring in each state in the union.
2:15 pm – Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Fort Plaza.
2:30 pm – Tug of War – a popular pastime of 4th of July celebrations in the East. Audience volunteers will have the chance to take on Bent, St. Vrain, & Co. Employees.
2:45 pm – Water Bucket Relay – another popular pastime of Independence Day celebrations in the East. Kids from the audience will have the chance to compete against Bent, St. Vrain, & Co. Employees.
3 pm – Piñata Break – kids can try to break the jug to get some candy – Fort Plaza.
3:30 pm – Flag Give-away – enter a drawing for a 27-star flag that has flown over the fort. Register when you enter the fort.

July 4, 1:30-4 pm. At Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, on Hwy 194, 8 miles east of La Junta, 15 miles west of Las Animas. Cost is $5 for ages 6 and older; 5 and under are free.

For more information, call 719-383-5010 or visit nps.gov/beol.