This 4th of July will be full of activity at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as annual patriotic activities are joined with the Park’s centennial celebration. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the International Peace Memorial, an historic national monument and local treasure. In 1913, 5,000 Masons from nine states and Canada formed a procession and marched to the site of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to witness the laying of the monument’s cornerstone. This procession and laying of the stone will be re-enacted at the monument this 4th of July, in honor of the structure’s centennial anniversary.
The procession will be preceded by a grand parade beginning at 2 p.m., progressing through downtown Put-in-Bay to the memorial. The parade will include a number of participants from near and far, and will be led by Put-in-Bay’s traditional antique car parade and local American legion chapter representatives. The parade will conclude at the Memorial itself, shortly before the beginning of the 3 p.m. Cornerstone Ceremony. Joining both the parade and ceremony will be the 122nd Army Concert Band, who will also provide a free public concert at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.
On the 4th, Perry’s Victory will also be hosting the biennial naturalization ceremony for 10 area residents who will be taking the oath of new citizenship. The patriotic scope of this year’s ceremony will be even greater than usual, as the naturalization will be accompanied by a Delayed Enlistment Program in which 200 men and woman from three branches of the military will be taking their oath of service. The naturalization ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the memorial lower plaza and will be followed immediately by the delayed enlistment. The patriotic festivities on the day will conclude with a public fireworks display over the bay at dusk. The fireworks are provided by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay. Please be aware that parking is limited and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park grounds. For more information on any of these events, call Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at 419-285-2184 or visit www.nps.gov/pevi.