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Independence Day Anvil Shoots
Mon., July 4
While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with old-fashioned anvil shoots using gunpowder to send 150-pound anvils barreling into the sky.
Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to celebrate holidays, elections and other special occasions. While the tradition of anvil-shooting is nearly obsolete, the Museum keeps this unique and exciting pastime alive for a 21st century audience.
Anvil shoots will occur at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The anvil shoots are the centerpiece of a celebration that includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, live music, and demonstrations from blacksmiths, spinners, weavers, sawmillers, woodworkers, and more.