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Fort Missoula celebrates historical July 4th

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 10:49:55-04

MISSOULA – The Fourth of July celebration at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula offered fun events for the entire family.

A pancake breakfast kicked off the celebration with profits going to the historical museum and the celebration also featured food and beer throughout the day served by various food trucks and Bayern Brewing.

A slew of activities were also available from games like a scavenger hunt to historical demos and displays like a historic steam engine sawmill demo.

It’s an early start for event organizers who start the day around 5 a.m. The uniqueness of the event really sets it apart from other July 4th celebrations.

“One of the things I love about it is there is always going to be firework shows but our idea was to get an event going during the day where you can come out with your family and it’s very family friendly,” museum director Matt Lautzenheiser said.

“There’s live music there’s food trucks, there’s a pancake breakfast all sorts of great educational activities and history events,” he added.

“So it’s our opportunity to invite the public out during the day but then they still have time to go home and maybe have a cookout and see some fireworks.”

Besides all the music, food and activities at the event, this year non-profits also had the opportunity to set up tables for free and provide info on their organization.