Friends of Vicksburg
National Military Park & Campaign

Join Us For Independence Day Weekend


Military Park to commemorate the 154th anniversary to the end of the struggle for Vicksburg.

 July 1 -4, 2017

Do you want to see one of these cannon's actually fire? Are you curious what it felt like to be (safely) on the receiving end of a cannon?

This holiday weekend join park rangers and volunteers for live firing demonstrations of a 12 pound Napoleon cannon.

Across the field, join Confederate living history historians at the Louisiana Monument to experience "the other side" of the cannon. The encampment is far enough away that it is safe, yet still close enough that you can feel the percussion wave and experience the sounds of the firing.

Come experience part of the shock and awe of the Vicksburg Campaign

On Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of the July 4th Weekend, park staff and volunteers will offer special programming to commemorate the 154th Anniversary of the surrender of Fortress Vicksburg by General John C. Pemberton of the Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant of the United States Army.

The park cannon detachment will be firing hourly from throughout the day at Tour Stop 1 on Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4th.

Saturday: 10:00, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.
Sunday - Tuesday: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.

There will be no demonstrations at noon each day.

There is no additional cost beyond the entrance fee to attend the programs.

Park hours are 8am to 5pm daily with the U.S.S. Cairo Museum opening at 8:30am.

For more information and directions please call (601) 636-0583.