Patriots Day Weekend Starts Reenactment Season, April 22-23by Charlotte Clark
Past and Present US Military People Admitted Free
(April 4, 2017) Youngstown, N.Y. - Patriots Day Weekend launches Old Fort Niagara's reenactment season with a salute to veterans and patriotism on April 22 and 23. The weekend's family-friendly, educational and interactive activities will enlighten visitors about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began April 19, 1775, and started the American Revolution. The programs are suitable for all ages and everything is included with regular admission to the fort.
Patriots Day Weekend will also honor all U.S. military service people, who will be admitted free with proper ID. A ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday will award special plaques to:
· Stanley Hill Sagar, Sergeant, US Army, European Theatre, World War II (posthumously), also member of Brant's Volunteers reenactment unit
· William Irving Mayback, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, WWII (posthumously)
· Howard M. Ehrhardt, Jr., Specialist 4, U.S. Army, Vietnam War, also member of Brant's Volunteers
· Thomas R. Gielow, Jr., Specialist 4, U.S. Army, Vietnam War, also member of Brant's Volunteers
Volunteer reenactors from Hoisington's New York Rangers sponsor this annual event with the help of Brant's Volunteers, 64th Regiment of Foot, and Fort McIntosh Garrison, which are also volunteer reenactment units. They will portray Colonial Rebels, Colonial Loyalist and British Redcoats and present musket-firing and clothing demonstrations, 18th century military drills and be available to meet with visitors and answer questions. Visitors will also be able to "enlist" as a rebel or loyalist and participate in mock battles using wooden muskets.
The daily schedule follows:
10 a.m. Assemble - Reenactors will gather on the parade grounds
11 a.m. Recruiting Demonstration - Children and adults can "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
Additionally, guided tours of Old Fort Niagara will be available both days.
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.
Old Fort Niagara's next reenactment will be Soldiers through the Ages, May 27 and 28, which will present a military timeline of soldiers at the fort over three centuries.
Hours of Operation
The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.
Support the Fort
Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales and charitable contributions.