The iconic Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island is open for the summer, celebrating its 104th year in operation.
The 25-acre Monument Park, featuring the Memorial Column and Visitor Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 9-30, and weekends in October (Friday through Monday) until Oct. 21.
NPS events to be sure to put on the summer calendar include:
May Carronade Weekend, May 25-29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Park Rangers and volunteers will fire historic firearms (11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.) and the Park’s carronade (noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.).
Memorial Day Service, May 27, 11 a.m.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will honor fallen veterans.
Put-in-Bay Music Festival at Perry’s Victory Monument, June 8, noon to 7 p.m.
The 3rd annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival’s outstanding lineup of bands this year are Fuel on Fire, Kris Lager Band, Few Miles South, Cold Shot, Bob Gatewood and Calabash and School of Rock.
Stories of Victory, June 12, 3-4 p.m.
Park Rangers historically dressed will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.
104th Anniversary of the Memorial Opening, June 13
Ranger programs on column construction, restorations and maintenance will be held during the day to celebrate.
June Carronade Weekend, June 15-16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Park Rangers and volunteers will demonstrate firing historic small firearms (11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.) and the Park’s carronade (noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.).
Maritime Exposition, June 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rangers and volunteers combine Maritime history and science to educate on how science and the environment affected maritime history. Teachers and youth organizations enroll at 419-285-2184, Ext. 1229.
Summer Solstice Sunset Tour, June 21, 8:30-10 p.m.
A trip to the Perry Memorial Observation Deck on the longest day of the year. A $20 fee for adults, $10 for kids (5-15).
Pyrate Fest 1812 Soldiers, June 22, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
National Park Rangers in 1812 military dress firie small arms at the black powder area in DeRivera Park during the annual Pyrate Festival.
Arts on Erie, June 24-27, 10 a.m.-noon; 1-3 p.m.
Arts on Erie is a free hands-on workshop for youth and the young at heart.
Fourth of July Patriots Band Concert, July 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
The 70-piece Patriots Symphonic Band will perform a selection of patriotic music during a free 90-minute Freedom Concert .
Stories of Victory, July 10, 3-4 p.m.
See June 12 listing for Stories of Victory.
July Sunset Tour, July 17, 8:30-10 p.m.
See Summer Solstice Sunset Tour, June 21.
July Carronade Weekend, July 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
See June Carronade Weekend, June 15-16
World Ranger Day, July 31
A global observance of Rangers across the world who died in the line of duty over the past 12 months.
Barbershop Singers Concert, Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m.
For more than seven decades, hundreds of people have gathered to hear the Barbershop Singers in a free concert at the National Park’s Visitor Center.
August Sky Tour, Aug. 14, 9-10:30 p.m.
View the night sky from the Observation Deck at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and learn how mariners navigated by constellations and stars.
Stories of Victory, Aug. 21, 3-4 p.m.
See June 12 Stories of Victory listing.
Perry’s Birthday Celebration, Aug. 24-25
A celebration of the 234th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on Aug. 23, 1785 and 200th Anniversary of his death on Aug. 23, 1819. It is a Fee Free Day at the Memorial Column.
Historic Weekend, Sept. 6-8
Celebrates the 206th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in The Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813. Saturday there is an 11 a.m. Memorial Service and the Grand Parade at 2:15 p.m. A Living History Military Encampment is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The American flag and flags of the countries who lost citizens during the tragedies on Sept. 11, 2001 installed around the Memorial column in tribute.
Stories of Victory, Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m.
See June 12 for Stories of Victory listing.
International Day of Peace, Sept. 21
World Peace Day was established in 1981 by unanimous UN resolution.
Public Lands Day/Fee Free Day, Sept. 25
In celebration of Public Lands Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial offer free access to the Memorial’s Observation Deck.