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Families hit fort for dose of fun, history

POSTED: July 7, 2012 6:30 a.m.
Julia Harrison/

Decklan Miles and Cullen Miles brace themselves and hold on tight as their father, Thomas Miles, gets ready for the start of the wheelbarrow race Wednesday during Fort McAllister State Historic Park’s annual July Fourth program.

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James G. Blaine once noted, “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.”  And on Wednesday, visitors from as far away as Maryland came to celebrate that day at Fort McAllister for the state historic park’s annual July Fourth program.
With games like tug-of-war, sack races, an egg toss, a wheelbarrow race and other Civil War-period activities, the day was full of fun for the whole family.
To cool of, park rangers served up ice-cold slices of watermelon. And no special celebration — like the nation’s birthday — could be complete without musket and cannon salutes.

Read more in the July 7 edition of the News.

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