Friday, July 1, 2011

148th Anniversary



Ever wonder what a hundred 19th century cannons going off at once sounds like? Perhaps you prefer stylish parasols and hoop skirts on a warm summer day. If either of these unusual proposals sounds appealing, you should check out a Civil War reenactment this weekend.

July 1st this year marks the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and tens of thousands of reenactors and many many more audience members will gather to commemorate the event as they do every year. I’m always cognizant of this day, both because of the book I’m currently writing is about the American Civil War (The Long Defeat) and because I take part in Civil War reenactments. I’ve attended plenty of reenactments in California, but unfortunately can’t make it out to the reenactment this weekend in Pennsylvania, but it’s something I’d like to do someday.

So what types of summer events with thousands of people do you like to attend? Renaissance Fairs, Professional Firework Displays, Sports Games? It’s summer and almost 4th of July, so you’ve got an excuse to have fun!