On Friday, residents can stop by Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley to enjoy a free open house Star Spangled Fourth of July event. 

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a variety of frontier and Revolutionary War activities will engage and delight visitors. Celebrating local Revolutionary War history at the local fort is a fitting way to spend the Fourth of July. 

Until 4 p.m., living history volunteers at the Fort will wear period clothing to help bring life to demonstrations on frontier living during War time. 

The Freedom Bell will ring at 2 p.m. from inside the Fort to salute the nation's birth, and local band Ride the Song will offer live American Folk music on site from 4 to 5 p.m.

Parking and admission are free for the Star Spangled Fourth celebration, and visitors are invited to wear their red, white and blue. Masks are required, and there will not be any hands-on activities for visitors this year, due to coronavirus regulations. 

The Fort's grounds at 383 Fort Roberdeau Rd., Altoona, remain open from 8 a.m. to sunset for recreational activities, year round. 

Adeena Harbst can be reached at aharbst@thedailyherald.net.

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