Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Independence Day 1813

July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 1813 was celebrated with cannon firings, toasts, music, and a day of leisure at Fort Meigs. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will recreate this day through cannon firings, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for children. The highlight activity is the eighteen-gun National Salute accompanied by toasts and fife and drum music starting at 2 p.m. on July 4th.

This morning at sunrise we fired thirteen guns in honor of the 4th of July, 1776. At 1 o'clock we fired eighteen, the National salute, they were all fired from two brass twelve pounders. After the firing was over the officers all repaired to a large bower prepared by Lieut. Hawkins near the lower magazine and partook of a fine dinner... There were 18 toasts drank.

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
2nd Regiment, U.S. Artillery
July 4, 1813

Event Hours

  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days
  • Detailed schedule below

Event Admission Rates

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Seniors (60+): $7.00
  • Students: $4.00
  • Ages 5 & Under: FREE
  • OHC members: FREE
  • U.S. Military (Active Duty & Family): FREE

Please note: Schedule and activities subject to change without notice.

Monday, July 4, 2016

12:00 p.m.

Fort Meigs Opens

12:00 - 4:00

Period Hands-on Activities Kid Friendly
Games & activities for kids. (Activities cease during the Celebration)

12:30

Musket Demonstration
Learn about the flintlock musket and see one fired!

1:00

Mini-Militia – Kid Friendly
Kids can "enlist" in the 1812 Army and experience drill first hand.

2:00

Independence Day Celebration
Toasts, music, and an 18-gun National Salute to celebrate America's freedom

3:00

Musket Demonstration
Learn about the flintlock musket and see one fired!

3:30

War of 1812 Medicine
Discover how illness and injury were dealt with in the early 1800s.

4:00

Artillery Demonstration
Discover more about the cannons used at Fort Meigs

5:00

Fort Meigs Closes