While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with an old-fashioned “anvil shoot.”
Every Fourth 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. While the tradition of anvil-shooting is nearly obsolete, the museum has made it a nearly 30-year tradition, striving to keep this piece of history alive.
On Saturday, July 4, the museum will host anvil shoots at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., alongside an all-day celebration that includes blacksmithing, sawmilling, bean shucking, dulcimer demonstrations, woodcarving, old-time music, a bell-ringing ceremony, colonial dancing, and patriotic processionals.
In order to ensure proper social distancing, the museum is limiting attendees for each anvil shoot. The museum requests that visitors purchase advance tickets for their preferred anvil shoot time by visiting museumofappalachia.org or by calling 865-494-7680.