In late May of this year, these fireworks marked the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend. As we were growing up, the 4th of July fireworks celebrating our country’s Declaration of Independence was a reminder each year of our nation’s great history. We look forward to celebrating our history again today.
Fort Macon State Park at Beaufort Inlet at the eastern end of Bogue Banks in North Carolina is a popular destination for vacationers. Garrisoned during the Civil War (by both sides in turn), the Spanish–American War, and World War II, it has a long (albeit non-continuous) military history. In addition to guided tours of the casemates restored to their original functions, tourists can view reinactments of the “Evening Gun” (loading and firing of a 19th Century cannon) and the loading and firing of a 19th Century musket of the type used by both North and South during the Civil War. The photo shows a demonstration of musket firing at the moment of detonation. (The ammunition used is a two-ply toilet paper Minié ball.)