American revolutionaries bring Ulster American Folk Park to life for Independence Day

An historic declaration is to be made from Omagh’s Ulster American Folk Park this July, or at least a dramatic re-enactment of one.

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On Thursday, July 4 the living history museum will spring to life with American revolutionary soldiers to celebrate Independence Day, the American national holiday that commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Visitors will come face-to-face with American revolutionary soldiers in their encampments as they prepare for battle and will see first-hand what life was like for the late 1700s revolutionaries.

Along the way, as visitors navigate through two centuries of American history, there will be a selection of activities for all the family, including traditional Punch & Judy shows and joining in the jigs and reels with musicians performing American folk and bluegrass music.

Fur trappers and traders will show off their wares and hearty pioneer food will be on the menu for visitors to sample for a true taste of the American Frontier.

As the sounds of battle fade and the gun smoke of the lively re-enactments settle, visitors to the museum will be treated to a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence itself.

Richard Hurst, Visitor Services Manager at the Ulster American Folk Park, said:

“American Independence Day at the Ulster American Folk Park is a vibrant celebration of over two centuries of American history. The event is a family favourite as visitors have the unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in one of the most significant moments in American history, surrounded by dramatic re-enactments and engaging with our characters from the American frontier.

“Between all of these little pockets of history waiting to be discovered we’ll also have food to taste, children’s entertainment and music, too.”

Richard added: “It’s one thing to read about history, but to be there and experience it makes our annual American Independence Day celebrations a truly memorable day out.”

American Independence Day, colloquially referred to as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence, the historic statement by the Thirteen Colonies declaring their independence from Great Britain in 1776 and paving the way for the formation of the United States of America.

American Independence Day celebrations at the Ulster American Folk Park takes place on Thursday, July 4 from 10:00 – 17:00. The special event activity is all included in the ticket price.

For more information about this event and others including BBQ & Bluegrass Sessions kicking off on 28 July, visit www.nmni.com/whats-on.