Museum of Appalachia offering special July 4th celebration

NORRIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Museum of Appalachia in Norris is offering a unique and fun way to celebrate the 4th of July this season.

"Anvil shooting" involves using gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air.

Pioneers once used anvil shooting as a way to celebrate holidays, elections, and other special occasions. The museum has continued with this annual tradition for the past 30 years.

“When the gunpowder ignites and the anvil soars into the air, the earth will literally shake,” says Museum President, Elaine Meyer. “Even though you know what is about to happen, you can’t help but be in awe of the staggering blast of the anvil."

The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of an all-day celebration that includes a national bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old time music, picnic fare, demonstrations including blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, cedar rail splitting, sawmilling, dulcimer instruction, beekeeping, sassafras tea brewing, vegetable drying, vintage baseball and more.

Independence day activities happen at the museum from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

For all information and to purchase tickets, visit their website text

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