Fort Pulaski National Monument on Tybee Island will have Independence Day celebrations Saturday-Sunday, July 3-4. The events will feature music, cannon demonstrations, fort tours and a Civil War-era baseball game. Concerts by the Holliday Family Orchestra are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. The orchestra will play a variety of patriotic 19th-century songs.
The Civil War soldiers who originally garrisoned in the fort were surrounded by music. The Civil War regimental bands were active in the fort throughout the war.
On Sunday, the public is invited to join in 19th-century-style baseball games at noon and 3 p.m. Civil War-era rules will be enforced. Pitching must be underhanded, no mitts are allowed and hit balls caught on one bounce are an out (just like catching a fly ball). Baseball was very popular with troops stationed at the fort during the Civil War.
The fort’s cannon crew will also perform cannon firings on Saturday and Sunday while dressed as Civil War soldiers. These demonstrations feature a historically correct firing drill that is copied from the Civil War artillery manuals.