July 5, 2015

Reinactors from the 1860s host 4th of July weekend bash at Fort Kearny

A three-day event is underway to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day at Fort Kearny State Historical Park, the U.S. Army outpost founded in 1848 that eventually became the city of Kearney.

Laura Rose, a spokeswoman for Fort Kearny, says a soldiers’ camp and living history event will be held today, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5.

“We will have reinactors set up tents out on the parade grounds,” Rose says. “The public will be able to go out and visit with the reinactors. It’ll be in the 1860s time frame. They’ll be able to visit with the reinactors, find out what life was like at Fort Kearny, what their duties were.”

Rose says each day at 2 o’clock, they’ll fire the cannons.

“If they have enough reinactors, they will also do a mock battle, usually right before the cannon firing or right after the cannon firing, and that’s always fun,” she says. “Sometimes they involve the public.”

Nebraska woodcarvers will also be putting on demonstrations. A park permit is required for entry.

By Jennifer Berry, KHAS, Hastings


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