Historic Fort Snelling Annual Summer Events

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 17, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Historic Fort Snelling Annual Summer Events

Historic Fort Snelling will continue to offer popular annual events in 2018.

Memorial Day Weekend
May 26, 27 & 28: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visitors can explore the grounds and engage with the many stories that make up this location's history, including those of enslaved people, Native Americans and soldiers. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings and blacksmithing, and kids can try out historic children’s games.

Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks to learn about the experiences of U.S. soldiers and the role of the military in the growth of the nation. On Monday, don't miss a special "living timeline" of America's military past on the fort's parade ground with costumed staff and reenactors.

Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This Fourth of July visitors can explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America at Historic Fort Snelling. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music and much more.

But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Interactive learning stations will also trace the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans and women—while exploring the question, "What does freedom mean today?"

World War I Centennial Weekend
Aug. 18 & 19: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918 this summer. Visitors can explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time in U.S. history.