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Independence Day celebration set at Fort Roberdeau

A lot of July 4th activities take place near Tyrone this weekend, but if you’re a history buff, a short drive to Fort Roberdeau will take you to the heart of America’s revolution and independence.
The fort will host a Thursday night concert at 7 p.m. featuring the music of the Hollidaysburg Alumni Community band and chorus. The 90-minute concert will feature patriotic and other songs relating to our nations history. The evening will conclude with a old fashioned sing-a-long.
The music continues on Friday, Independence Day, with a performance by the Heartstrings of Hollidaysburg at 1 p.m. The group plays traditional and Celtic music using instruments like violins, a dulcimer and mandolin.
Admission to the concert is free, but make sure to bring a lawn chair.
The fort will also hold its annual re-enactments during the Revolutionary War Days Celebration on July 12 and 13th from 11 a.m. Admission is $5 per adult.
The battle portion of the event begins at 2 p.m.
Fort Roberdeau’s regular hours at Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Roberdeau is in the midst of expanding its size and continues to look for donations for the acquisition of the surrounding 47 acres of land. Once the acquisition is complete, the fort will develop a new plan for laying out the historic site for the future.
Fort Roberdeau was named for Brigadier General Daniel Roberdeau and was built in 1778 to protect lead mining operations. During its working days, it was used to shelter soldiers, lead miners and settlers.