1812 Bicentennial: 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort George events begin May 25

Posted May 21, 2013  by Bullet News

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Join Parks Canada and The Friends of Fort George as they commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort George.

The fort will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm all weekend, with demonstrations happening throughout the day. Come and visit Fort George National Historic Site and enjoy music, muskets, cannons and more!

The schedule for Saturday, May 25 includes part 1 of the Battle of Fort George at 2 p.m.

Recreating the initial stages of the Battle of Fort George, the re-enactment will take place on the Common just outside the fort..

At 9 p.m., 200 years to the day, the U.S. bombardment of Fort George will be recreated. Amazing artillery, pyrotechnics, sound and light show will be presented, ending with a grand fireworks display.

The fort gates will re-open @ 8 p.m. for the evening show. There is limited capacity for the evening show and tickets for the evening show are now available at the Fort George Visitors’ Centre or by phone – 905-468-6614.

The show is general seating and lawn chairs are permitted. There is a special package deal for those who would like to visit the fort during the day and attend the evening show.

On Sunday, May 26, a parade through Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake will take place at 10 a.m. British and American soldiers will march through the downtown of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

In the afternoon at 2 pm, Part 2 of the Re-enactment of the Battle of Fort George will again occur on The Common.

The conclusion of the battle will see British troops retreat out of the area and U.S. forces occupy Niagara.

There is no admission fee to watch the battle on both days on The Common outside Fort George.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, May 27, on the exact date, on the actual battlefield site on the Niagara Rifle Range on the Lakeshore Properties, we will pay tribute to all who fell during the Battle of Fort George.

For more information, please call 905-468-6614, email ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca or visit www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca or pc.gc.ca/fortgeorge.

(Submitted by event organizers)

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