G.A.R. July 4th -Michigan's Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum


224 South Main Street, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827
Email: GARmichigan@gmail.com
Telephone: 517-922-6427

Annual July 4th Celebration

Michiganís Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Memorial Hall and Museum invites everyone to come and help celebrate the 4th of July! There will be a parade that starts at 11:00 AM. At dusk, be sure to stop by Eaton Rapidís Howe Field to watch the fireworks! In addition, there will be a Civil War Living History from 9 AM to 5 PM on Eaton Rapidís historic G.A.R. Island Park.

Eaton Rapids, as do many cities in Michigan, has a strong sense of its Civil War-era history. However, Eaton Rapids is especially aware of not only the role of its citizens played during the Civil War, but also afterwards with its area citizens who belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), Womanís Relief Corps, and Sons of Veteran, USA and builtin 1886 and then used one of the few remaining G.A.R. Post buildings in the state.

Michiganís G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum has been sponsoring for several years a Civil War Living History on Eaton Rapidsí historic G.A.R. Island Park (Hamlin Street). The G.A.R. Museum would like to invite all Michigan Civil War Reenactors who can attend and help provide the public with a glimpse of what it was like to be a Civil War soldier and Civil War-era civilian. Public demonstrations planned include Civil War-era Military Camp Life, Drills, Musket firing, Cannon firing, Equipment demonstrations, Civilian Life, and Medical practices of the day In addition, the G.A.R. Museum also will be open from 10 AM to 5 PM for those who wish to see what the Civil War Veterans did after the end of the Civil War.

To both the public and to the reenactors, Eaton Rapids is one of those small town gems. If you can attend, we are certain you will enjoy yourself during all of the Eaton Rapids' July 4th activities.

Individuals interested in participating at the annual Civil War Living History Encampment and also possibly the July 4th parade, please contact:

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