It's all about bringing history to life.
At the battlefield in Sackets Harbor, reenactors showed what it was like during the War of 1812 by firing cannons and, of course, dressing the part.
"It certainly is very traditional," organizer Connie Barone said. "Two hundred years worth of Fourth of July celebrations in Sackets Harbor. "
People lined up to see the cannons shot off. One couple even made a special trip from their home in Rochester.
"We came up to Sackets for the Fourth," Robert Grey said, "because it's very historic. I mean, Rochester has its history too, but Sackets Harbor is, I think, a lot more significant in the battle of 1812. "
The celebration also featured War of 1812-era songs. Linda Russell and her daughter, Hallie, performed a number of early American-style ballads.
"I love looking at history through music," Linda Russell said. "I think it's a way to make history come to life better than any textbooks can."
It's Russell's third year performing here on July Fourth. She says with all its history, what better place to be.
"I love singing where history happened," she said. "It feels like holy ground."
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Watertown, NY
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