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Independence Day Celebration
July 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Families will enjoy the chance to meet founding father Benjamin Franklin portrayed by actor and historian Barry Stevens. Stevens has been presenting Benjamin Franklin since 2005. His education of Dr. Franklin has led him to read and study extensively on the life and times of this American personality. It has taken him to locations throughout the Colonies known to Dr. Franklin and even to Le Procope restaurant in Paris, France. Visitors will be invited to engage Dr. Franklin in a conversation and experience interaction with living history.
Additional programming includes, live music performed by the Harken Back String Band and the opportunity for families to participate in period games. Living historians portraying Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers will share why they fought and explain the equipment and life of the men during the War for Independence and the American Civil War. Visitors can also take part in a special ceremony with color guard, pledge of allegiance and a cannon fire salute.
All visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Breakthrough Battlefield which on April 2, 1865, resulted in the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond. A mere seven days later, the surrender at Appomattox helped to secure the Union and began healing a nation.
All events and activities included with Park admission.