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Reenactments, other activites grace Fort Meigs on Independence Day

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    Reenactors fire a cannon during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014.

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Dan Woodward, left, takes a drink from his period water flask as Aaron Gelb, right, flicks the wick to keep it lit before firing the cannon during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Penny Bowden throws a ring with two wooden stick as she plays "graces" with her two sons Jonathan, 9, and Aaron, 11, during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 (Left to right) Samuel Ellis, 7, covers his ears with his hands as his mother, Francine Ellis, holds him as Lydia Ellis, 9, and Joseph Ellis, 11, both cover their ears as a cannon fires during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 (Left to right) Dan Woodward and Tamia Land prepare to fire the cannon as Aaron Gelb blows on the wick to keep it lit during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Reenactors fire a cannon during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Martin Land sips a drink between speaking to the crowd during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Rob Trumbull, left, plays a field drum as Betsy Bashore, right, plays the fife during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 Hannah Grohowski, center, marches with other reenactors during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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    Webpbg-fortmeigs04 (Left to right) Tamia Land laughs with Eric Fletcher and Aaron Gelb before a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014. The Blade/Isaac Hale

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Reenactors fire a cannon during a recreation of July 4, 1813 at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Friday, July 4, 2014.

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An 18-gun National Salute took place on Friday, the Fourth of July, at Fort Meigs to celebrate America‘‍s freedom.

There was also fife and drum music.

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The fort in Perrysburg was opened up to give residents a glimpse of what July 4, 1813 looked like. There were reenactors dressed in 1813 wardrobe and a few different weapon demonstrations including muskets and artillery.

Two hands-on activities for children included a mini-militia drill and there were other games and activities. Another feature celebrating Independence Day was the War of 1812 medicine. People were taught how illnesses and injuries were dealt with in the 1800s.

It was a quick turnaround as Fort Meigs volunteers had to clean the fort Friday after thousands flooded Fort Meigs Thursday for the Perrysburg-Maumee fireworks.

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