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Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111


Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm

*Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day
10 am-5 pm

Sat 10 am-5 pm


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID and their family
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
  • Free parking




2014 Sep 17

Overcast | Wind From the WSW at 1.0 MPH Gusting to 3.0 MPH
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Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

Fri, July 4, 2014

10 am - 5 pm

Spend the day celebrating our nation’s independence just like during the 1800s! Hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, listen to fife and drum music, participate in family-friendly activities, and so much more! As part of exploring the history of freedom in America, visitors can learn about slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom during the 1800s.

Guests can also watch a "mock battle" on the Parade Ground celebrating Colonel Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods during the War of 1812. Mock-battles were common public activities during Independence Day celebrations in the 1800s. This is sure to be the highlight of your Independence Day celebrations!

2014 Schedule of Events
10 am - Fort opens
10:15 - Morning Parade / Flag Raising Ceremony
11 am - Infantry Parade w/ Musket Firing
11:30 am - Rounders Game / Egg Race
12 pm - War of 1812 Mock Battle
12:30 pm - Fife & Drum Performance
1 pm - Cannon Salutes to America
1:30 pm - Rounders Game / Egg Race
2 pm - Infantry Parade
2:30 pm - 1800s Dancing
3 pm - War of 1812 Mock Battle
3:30 pm - Fife & Drum Performance
4 pm - Cannon Salutes to America
4:30 pm - Retreat Ceremony / Flag Lowering
5 pm - Fort Closes
*Schedule subject to change.

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Musket Firing
Cannon Salutes
Food Display
Kid's Games
The musicians take the field.
Patriotic speeches
Flag Presentation
Staff and guests playing rounders.
War of 1812 "Mock Battle"
Soldiers' Theatrical Performance