2016 is a pretty big year for a number of reasons. It marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the city of Savannah’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service! Consequently, a lot of exciting events are planned throughout the year.
Perhaps the biggest event is the National Park Service centennial. No matter where you live in the US, a National Park is probably somewhere nearby. Come celebrate this historic anniversary with a very special Founder’s Day celebration at Savannah’s own Fort Pulaski National Monument.
Founder’s Day celebrates the National Park Service’s birthday and Fort Pulaski has the honor of hosting it each year. Not every year’s Founder’s Day celebrates a centennial, however, so this year’s event is something special!
To celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski National Monument will be open from 9am to 7pm. Those who arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3:30pm may receive a free slice of cake (while supplies last).
Founder’s Day will see a number of special programs at the fort, including tours and historic weapons demonstrations. For those wondering, yes – that means artillery firings! There will also be a live music, including an evening performance by the Third Infantry Division Band.
Fort Pulaski National Monument is on U.S. Hwy 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. Entrance to Fort Pulaski is free on Founder’s Day. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fort Pulaski a National Monument on October 15, 1924.
Founder’s Day at Fort Pulaski
US Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA
For more information, including hours and directions, please visit: www.nps.gov
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