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On July 4th, the Museum of Appalachia celebrates Independence Day in dramatic fashion.
For nearly 30 years, the Museum has celebrated the Fourth of July by practicing the pioneer-tradition of “anvil-shooting.”

Each year, huge crowds gather to watch the Museum blacksmith as he packs gunpowder between two anvils and lights a fuse—launching the top anvil some 125 feet into the air. As the anvil soars high above the treetops, the earth literally shakes, and the sound of the explosion can be heard as far as 15 miles away.

Before there were fireworks, shooting the anvil was a common way for pioneers to celebrate special events. Local blacksmiths would practice this tradition to celebrate the nation’s Independence, Christmas, and even Davy Crockett’s election to the U.S. Congress.

While the tradition of anvil-shooting is nearly obsolete, the Museum honors our ancestors by carrying on this unique and exciting form of celebration.

Although the anvil shoot is the highlight of the occasion, the celebration also includes a variety of other activities. There will be Appalachian music and patriotic demonstrations—including the raising of the Liberty Pole and a bell-ringing ceremony. 

Independence Day hours and Anvil Shoot times TBA. 

Admission is charged, but the event is free for Museum members.

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Anvil Shoot
Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot

2819 Andersonville Hwy.
Clinton, TN 37716

Questions? Please Email
museum@museumofappalachia.org
Event Phone
Admission Rates
Please call 865-494-7680 for July 4th rates.
Hours Open
July 4th hours TBA. Roughly 10am-4pm.
Payment Methods Accepted
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Discounts Offered
  • Student Discount
  • Senior Citizen Discount
  • Other Discounts
  • Active Military
  • Group Discount
  • Military Discount
  • AAA Discount