Fort Meigs will be closed for Easter on Sunday, April 20.

Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Independence Day 1813

Jul. 4, 2014

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 of the day is the eighteen-gun National Salute accompanied by toasts and fife and drum music starting at 2 p.m.

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