Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Independence Day 1813

July 4-5, 2015

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.

Saturday & Sunday, July 4 - 5, 2015

Event details are still being developed. As the event draws near the schedule will be posted here. Please check back later.