Museum of Appalachia Celebrates July 4th with an Anvil Shoot

NORRIS, Tenn. – Celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned “anvil shoot” just as the pioneers did to commemorate holidays, elections and special occassions 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 4 at the Museum of Appalachia.

The Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air.

The 4th of July anvil shoots are a nearly 30-year tradition for the Museum, but the event remains as exciting as ever. Garden & Gun magazine named the event the "Editors' Choice" for “Goings-on in the South” in their June/July issue.

The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old-fashioned games, music, and demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, patriotic re-enactors, and woodworkers. The Museum is also hosting a pie-baking contest.

The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with special Independence Day activities 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On this day, only, the museum is offering a special family rate of $35. The event is free for museum members. Tickets may be purchased at the museum on the day of the event.

For more information, visit www.museumofappalachia.org or call 865-494-7680.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010