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Fort Atkinson to Re-enact July 4th Celebration

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on July 6-7 will re-enact an 1820s civilian and military July 4th celebration. Watch as the military salutes the states and reads the declaration, and civilians churn butter, spin and weave and the blacksmith and tinsmith work at the armorer shop.

The sutler store, located outside the fort gate, will show off and sell the wares that represent the time period. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end with the lowering of the flag at 4:45 p.m.

The Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center has two exhibit areas housing artifacts and displays of the time period, and a 20-minute historical film. There is a $2 charge for adults and $1 charge for children age 13 and under.

Fort Atkinson, the first military post west of the Missouri River, is seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun. A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park.

Contact the park for more information at 402-468-5611 or ngpc.fort.atkinson@nebraska.gov.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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