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Folk Park celebrates American Independence with a bang

Published: 01 July 2010

The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, will mark American Independence Day this year with a major three day festival. 

Folk Park celebrates American Independence with a bangFrom Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July the award-winning museum will provide an exhilarating programme of activities for all ages.  Thrilling re-enactments from the period of the Anglo-American War, (1812-1815) will take place in the New World area, featuring British Redcoats and American Militia sharpshooters.

Visitors can experience all things Americana from the 18th to 20th centuries as they stroll around the soldier encampments and meet the Woodland Indians in their wigwams. 

There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival with live performances of Bluegrass and Cajun music, traditional craft demonstrations and American style games. Younger visitors will also be entertained with Punch and Judy Shows.

Peter Kelly, Head of Operations at the Ulster American Folk Park said, “The Folk Park’s spectacular Independence Day celebrations will bring an important time in American history to life. Not only can visitors watch the soldiers as they battle during the skirmishes but they can also meet them in their encampments making this a truly interactive experience.”

Also included as part of the weekend celebrations will be a special evening concert and BBQ on 4th July with headline act L’Angelus direct from Louisiana, USA, performing the best of Cajun fiddle tunes and New Orleans influenced rhythm and blues.  Joined by the ever-popular local Knotty Pine String Band, the evening promises to be a wonderful way to mark the 4th July.

The American Independence Day Celebrations will run from 10am to 5pm each day.  The evening concert on 4th July kicks off at 8pm.

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