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While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with an old- fashioned “anvil shoot”. Every 4th of July, the Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air!

Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to commemorate holidays, elections, and other special occasions.

The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of an all-day celebration that includes a national bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, live music, southern food, demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, dulcimer makers, spinners, weavers, rail splitters, and more.

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An airbone anvil!
An airborne anvil!
Lighting the anvil
Lighting the anvil
Independence Day Anvil Shoot Celebration

2819 Andersonville Highway
Clinton, TN 37716

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Admission Rates
Admission rates for Independence Day Anvil Shoot Celebration:
-$45 for families
-$20 for individuals 18 & older
-$10 for youth (13-17)
-$6 for children (5-12)
-FREE for members
Hours Open
The event will last from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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