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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




2015 Mar 27

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Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

Sat, July 4, 2015

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!

Check back soon for schedule of events!

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Company volleys punctuated the day's celebrations.
Fifers and drummers played 19th century military music for guests.
Special display of celebratory foods in the kitchen.
1820s-style military presentation of the colors.
Guests of all ages enjoyed the egg race!
The musicians take the field.
Patriotic speeches in honor of America's birthday.
Soldiers and guests alike enjoys an early version of America's favorite pasttime
Music and dancing round out the day's celebrations.
Preparing for the 19th century-style "mock battle" of the War of 1812