For Immediate Release
June 16, 2017

Salute to American Independence
Saturday, July 1
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores, Alabama

You are invited to join Fort Morgan’s Living History Staff in celebration of America's Independence!

The Salute to American Independence will feature weapons demonstrations and firing of historic artillery. Living History interpreters dressed in period attire will guide visitors through the fort.

The event begins on the grounds at 9:00 am with the raising of the colors and artillery firing. At 10:00 am tours guided by the Fort’s Living History Staff will begin. From 10:00 am -12:00 pm a special performance by the Brass Band Detachment from the 151st Army Band will be inside the Fort. Other highlights include weapons demonstrations at 1:30 pm, firing of historic artillery at 2:30 pm, and the lowering of the colors ending the event at 3:00 pm.  

Weather conditions may cause an event to be cancelled. Information will be posted to website and Facebook. Event will not be rescheduled if cancelled.

Directions: Fort Morgan is at the western end of Hwy 180, 22 miles west of Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores. You can also reach the site from Dauphin Island by riding the Mobile Bay Ferry.

Fee: Regular admission will be charged

For more information contact Heather Tassin, Site Director of Fort Moran, at or call 251-540-7665.

Conveniently located near Fort Morgan beach houses, the "Guardian on the Bay" has an active living history program, which puts on a number of events throughout the year, including an annual reenactment of the fort's famous Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. During June and July, families can enjoy Evening Tours of the fort. The Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this historic site.

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About the Alabama Historical Commission
Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit 


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