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Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

October 7 – October 26, 2024

Rifle Firing Demonstrations and programs take place on the Parade Ground. Cannon Firing Demonstrations take place at the Upper Gun Platform. 

10:00 a.m.
Morning Cannon Salute/Fort Mackinac Open for the Day
Here’s your chance to add your name to the record books!

10:30 a.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by Changing Face of Fort Mackinac Program
Learn about the changing technology of the US Army and find out why the army put an emphasis on marksmanship and changing tactics. Includes a live demonstration! Then, learn how Fort Mackinac has changed architecturally over the 115 years it was an active fort. 

11:30 a.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration 
Experience the boom of the iconic Fort Mackinac cannon! 

12:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by The Army of the 1880s Program
Learn about the changing technology of the US Army and find out why the army put an emphasis on marksmanship and changing tactics. Includes a live demonstration! Then, head with an interpreter for a deeper look at the army of the 1880s. 

1:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration followed by Civilians of Fort Mackinac Program
Experience the boom of the iconic Fort Mackinac cannon! Then, join an interpreter in exploring the role civilians played at Fort Mackinac in the 1880s.

2:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by Soldier’s Uniform and Equipment Program
Learn about the changing technology of the US Army and find out why the army put an emphasis on marksmanship and changing tactics. Includes a live demonstration! Then, learn about the equipment issued to soldiers in the 1880s and learn more about the Quartermasters’ Storehouse.

3:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
Experience the boom of the iconic Fort Mackinac cannon! 

3:30 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration
Learn about the changing technology of the US Army and find out why the army put an emphasis on marksmanship and changing tactics. Includes a live demonstration! 

4:00 p.m.
Fort Mackinac Closed for the Day

A downloadable version of the events schedule can be found here: