AUGUSTA — Old Fort Western will hold an Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, at the fort, on the east bank of the Kennebec River.

Visitors can walk through the fort’s museum displays, store, house and tenement. There will be colonial games and refreshments. A hot dog fundraiser will begin at 10:30 a.m. with hotdogs, soda, chips, ice pops and ice cream. Proceeds will benefit the fort’s educational programming.

A parade will begin at 4 p.m. at the State Capitol and end at the fort, at which time Augusta Mayor William Stokes will give a traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the lowering of the British colors and the raising of the “new” American flag. There will be a musket volley and a 13-gun cannon salute.

Entertainment by the Downeast Brass Band will begin at 7 p.m. on the bandstand outside the fort’s front gate. At 9 p.m. there will be a fireworks display at Mill Park.

Admission is free for for Augusta residents. For more information, call 626-2385 or e-mail [email protected].


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