It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again for fireworks, barbecuing, and playing their favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. Fourth of July Weekend is upon us, and aside from Hurricane Arthur looming out on the eastern coast of the country, the next several days promise to have fantastic weather for travel activities. With America’s 238th birthday right around the corner, here are some great sites to check out from the Revolutionary War.
Fort Ticonderoga is situated on the edge of Lake Champlain in upstate New York. Few sites in the area offer the breathtaking views of the Adirondack landscape that this site does. Not only was Fort Ticonderoga significant in the French & Indian War, but it was also marked the first major victory for the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
Along with one-way streets and Dunkin Donuts on every corner, it is virtually impossible to avoid historic landmarks in Boston that do not have some sort of connection to the Revolutionary War. The city itself still has a historical feel to it despite booming economic growth and this is most prominent in the Freedom Trail. Notable landmarks include sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall. You can also check out a virtual walking tour of the trail and notable Boston landmarks here.
Mount Vernon’s significance as well as its proximity to Washington D.C. make it a must-see location for anyone who considers themselves a patriot. Famous for being the residence to George Washington for several decades, today’s version of the historic 18th-century website is built to replicate exactly how Washington saw it in 1799.
Any list of Revolutionary sites to visit would be incomplete without including the location where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. As part of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, it also doesn’t hurt that this landmark was where Washington became commander in chief of the Continental Army a year earlier and the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787.
Okay, so visiting a battlefield may not exactly be your cup of tea, but if nothing else, Yorktown trumps every other battlefield site in the Revolutionary War. First, this is the site where American and French troops defeated the British forces of General Cornwalis to essentially end the war. Second, Richmond and Virginia Beach are both relatively close to Yorktown, so there is something in the area for all travelers. Today, the famous Monument of Yorktown also culminates this victory.