Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Independence Day 1813

July 4, 2017

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.
  • 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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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)


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


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


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


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


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


Artillery Demonstration
Discover more about the cannons used at Fort Meigs


Fort Meigs Closes