Although the Fourth of July is normally associated with the American Revolution, several Civil War sites are hosting events on Thursday that include a commemoration of the surrender of Vicksburg, an artillery demonstration, candlelight battlefield tour, ghost walk and period games.
At the Vicksburg National Military Park, there will be several events to mark the actual surrender of Vicksburg that took place, July 4, 1863, with hourly firings of the park cannon between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to represent the last firing of the guns at that battlefield. Also between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., volunteer re-enactors from the 19th Louisiana Infantry will be on the fortification at the park’s Living History area to represent the Confederate garrison of Vicksburg awaiting its parole. There is a charge of $10 per vehicle or $4 per pedestrian.
At the Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Vicksburg, a brief program and ceremony at 10 a.m. will commemorate the lowering of the Confederate national flag from the cupola of the courthouse, just as was done 150 years ago, and the raising of the Union flag. This event is free.
Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. has scheduled events beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 4:20 p.m. that include artillery and rifle demonstrations, a battlefield and plantation tour and a Civil War combat film. The usual park fee of $12 for adults and $7 for children 6 to 12 applies.
Monterey Pass Battlefield Park in Washington Township, Pa. is offering a sesquicentennial commemoration of the July 4, 1863 battle that took there during Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Gettsyburg retreat with a daytime tour of the park as well as a candlelight one beginning at 8:30 p.m. followed by campfire stories about the battle. The event is free.
In Peacham, Vt., the local historical association has planned a ghost walk beginning at 2 p.m. which will visit sites where women and families were involved with the war effort. It begins at the entrance to the Peacham Cemetery. The event is free.
At Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill, Ga., the country’s birthday will be celebrated and the Civil War remembered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 1860s-era games, spinning demonstrations and musket and cannon firings. The charge for adults is $6.50, seniors is $6.00, youth 6 to 17 is $3.50 and those younger than 6 get in free.