The annual Liberty Bell of the West Patriotic Celebration on July 4, usually held at the Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, will instead be held this year at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site’s recently rebuilt main shelter house because of flooding on the Mississippi River.
“The road to the Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial has been covered with water since April due to flooding,” said Site Superintendent Chester Wingerter. “The bell remains at Kaskaskia, a testament to the spirit of the first European congregation in Illinois. In the meantime, we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July at Fort Kaskaskia’s shelter.”
The relocated patriotic celebration will begin at 1 p.m. on July 4 at the Fort Kaskaskia shelter, which overlooks the Mississippi River.
During the celebration, the Chester Municipal Band will entertain with patriotic selections, with local VFW, American Legion and Scout troop participants presenting the colors and a salute.
For more on the July 4 celebration, please see this week’s print edition.