Patriots Day Weekend

Sat Apr 21st, 2018 to Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 - All Day
Commemorate the opening of the American Revolution in 1775. Free admission for veterans and active duty military.

This family-friendly event launches Old Fort Niagara's reenactment season with a salute to veterans and patriotism. Learn about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began April 19, 1775, and started the American Revolution. Roll play as a "rebel" or "loyalist" and join a mock army with reenactors leading the charge. Reenactors will also present musket-firing and clothing demonstrations, 18th century military drills and be available to meet with visitors and answer questions.


The daily schedule follows:

10 a.m. Assemble - re-enactors will gather on the parade grounds

11 a.m. Recruiting Demonstration - kids and parents are invited to "enlist" as Rebels or Loyalists

12 p.m. Storytelling about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that started the American Revolution

1 p.m. Clothing Demonstration

2 p.m. Saturday: Patriots Day Ceremony; and Musket Firing

2 p.m. Sunday: Patriots Day Honors; and Musket Firing

3:15 p.m. Infantry Demonstration

4:15 p.m. Musket Firing Demonstration

Additionally, guided tours of Old Fort Niagara will be available Saturday and Sunday.

The cost to attend these events is regular admission to the fort ($12/adult, $8/child ages 6-12, free/children 5 and under) and is free to members of Old Fort Niagara. Veterans and active military service people will be admitted free with proper ID.

General Events Event

Hours of Operation

January 13 through March, Open Wednesday-Sunday  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

April 1- June 30, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July and August, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 1 - October 15, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 16 - December 31, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The fort will be open daily during Christmas week, December 26 - 31. 

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 


General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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