Fourth at the Fort and More!

Jul 2, 2018

History buffs, we have the perfect opportunity to interact with the past. Fort D, Built under the direction of John Wesley Powell in 1861 the earthen walls still standing will be buzzing on the fourth of July. Visit with reenactors who are descendants of men who served in Powell’s Battery F, Second Illinois Light Artillery. Take a moment to read the interpretive signs on the grounds and if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Wear your red, white, and blue and enjoy the celebration. There will be rifle and canon fire!

If the sound of booming cannons isn't your thing. We make it easy to immerse yourself in national history from the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle with a self-guided civil war driving tour. See the house that became a smallpox hospital during the war. Discover where Grant was headquartered while serving as Commander of the District of Southeast Missouri. And learn exactly how the battle of Cape Girardeau Played out. You can download the tour Brochure at our website.

Once the sunsets, it’s time for everybody’s favorite – Fireworks. Cape’s Great American Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Arena Park. Grandstands open at 8:00 pm and the municipal Band starts playing patriotic music at 8:30 pm. Then, the sky over the park lights up with the boldest, brightest colors in a freedom celebration.

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