Perry’s Monument Events Schedule

Put in BayRising up 352 feet above Lake Erie, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a symbol of American Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry’s Victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie and a testament to enduring peace.  The world’s largest Doric column, made of pink granite from Milford, MA, is also the third tallest memorial in the National Park Service and the country’s highest open air observation deck at 317 feet.

Built by a commission of nine states – Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Rhode Island – from 1912 to 1915, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial opened on June 13, 1915 and became a National Park in 1936. Ohio native and U.S. President William Howard Taft signed the legislation creating the Park with the stipulation that his newly formed Commission of Fine Arts hold a contest and select the best design.

Park Rangers give daily programs on the Battle of Lake Erie, the enduring peace between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the building of the memorial. The Park also hosts many events and special programs throughout the season.  Visitors can ride an elevator to the 317-foot high observation deck for a 360 degree view of the Lake Erie Islands. The fee for riding the elevator to the observation deck is $10 for adults. Kids 15 and younger are always free. Anyone holding a current Park Pass – Annual America the Beautiful, EKIP, Lifetime Senior or Annual Senior, Active Military or Access – is admitted free of charge.  The United States-Canada border is just five miles from the 25-acre Park and both countries share the world’s longest unarmed border at nearly 5,000 miles.

For changes or updates to the information listed below, visit Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

NATIONAL PARK OPENS
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 am

Perry's Visitor CenterPerry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will reopen Saturday, May 18, at 10 am to celebrate its 104th year in operation. The 352-foot tall structure is the world’s largest Doric column and is made of pink granite from Milford, MA. The column has a wood base structure with an outer concrete core. Park Rangers in 1812 period military uniforms will fire a musket salute after the morning flag raising ceremony.

The 25-acre Park, Memorial Column and Visitor Center is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily through September 8. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm September 9 through September 30, and weekends in October (Friday through Monday) until October 21.

PLANTING SEEDS OF PEACE
Saturday, May 18, 2019
11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm

In celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday, and a nod to neighboring Canada, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Rangers will help kids make seed pots out of newspaper and give programs on proper planting techniques and on pollinators. Ranger Kathie will give a program emphasizing the importance of choosing native plants and of not introducing invasive plant species into the environment.

Put in BayPERRY EDUCATION DAYS
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Thursday, May 23, 2019
10 am to 4 pm

A hands-on educational experience for students to learn about the War of 1812, life during that period in the United States, and life on board the US vessels. An open invitation is extended to the first 3,000 students to enlist in Perry’s Navy. Students will experience learning through a Living History camp that includes living conditions, cooking, 1812 medical practices and black powder demonstrations. The free program includes a trip to the 317-foot high, open air Observation Deck and a view of the Lake Erie Islands, and the site of the Battle of Lake Erie. School teachers should contact the Park at 419-285-2184, ext. 1237 to enroll their class. (EKIP funds available for underserved school kids’ transportation)

MAY CARRONADE WEEKEND
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Sunday, May 26, 2019
11 am to 5 pm

Perry's VictoryPark Rangers and volunteers will demonstrate firing Historic Firearms and the Park’s carronade throughout the day. Ranger programs will cover the nuances of the 1812 military uniform, the proper handling of black powder and the steps to firing a musket. The carronade, a small short-barrel gun like those used IN THE Battle of Lake Erie, will be fired by the Park’s Gun Crew. The Carronade program will discuss the proper steps in firing the short range gun and its limitations during the Battle of Lake Erie. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3, and 5 pm. Carronade demonstrations will be given at noon, 2, and 4 pm. There will be a 1 pm Junior Ranger program: “Join the Army.”

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
Monday, May 27, 2019
11 am

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will honor our fallen veterans, including the three American and three British Naval Officers interned beneath the Memorial Column’s Rotunda, at a Memorial Day Service on the lower plaza at 11 am. The Memorial Day Procession will depart the Park’s Visitor Center at 11 am and make its way to the Column. After the program, a Wreath of Remembrance will be placed over the stone marking the final resting place of the six veterans buried here. Bagpipes will play Taps before a musket and rifle volley. At 3 pm bagpipes will play Amazing Grace for the National Moment of Remembrance. Area veterans are invited to attend the Memorial Service. Island ferry services give free passage to veterans on Memorial Day.

PUT-IN-BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL AT PERRY’S VICTORY
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Noon to 7 pm

Put in Bay MusicPerry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates peace through music by hosting the third annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival. A collaboration between the National Park, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and title sponsor Miller Boat Line, the free concert is also supported with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and a marketing grant from Lake Erie Shores and Islands. Attendees will enjoy playing the Battle of Lake Erie Corn Toss, kids music crafts and yard games, Music Workshops on drumming, and beginner and advanced ukulele, and a Guitar Hero tent. Rangers also will have a living history display. Food, beer and soft drinks will be available on site. Bands scheduled to play this year are Fuel on Fire, Nashville; Kris Lager Band, Arkansas; Few Miles South, TN; Cold Shot, Detroit; Bob Gatewood and Calabash, Cleveland; and School of Rock, Farmington, MI.

STORIES OF VICTORY
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
3 pm to 4 pm

Park Rangers dressed as the people they are representing – Lt. John Brooks, Midshipmen John Clark and Henry Laub, British Captain Robert Finnis and Lt. John Gardner and Lt. James Garden, Michigander Betty Lister, and a construction worker (there were two) – will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.

Perry's Monument104th ANNIVERSARY OF MEMORIAL OPENING
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ranger programs on column construction, restorations and maintenance during the day the park celebrates the 104th Anniversary of its opening. Special Ranger Program and possible fee free day.

JUNE CARRONADE WEEKEND
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Sunday, June 16, 2019
11 am to 5 pm

Park Rangers and volunteers will demonstrate firing Historic Small Firearms and the Park’s carronade throughout the day. Ranger programs will cover the nuances of the 1812 military uniform, the proper handling of black powder and the steps to firing a musket. The carronade, a small short-barrel gun like those used IN THE Battle of Lake Erie, will be fired by the Park’s Gun Crew. The Carronade program will discuss the proper steps in firing the short range gun and its limitations during the Battle of Lake Erie. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3, and 5 pm. Carronade demonstrations will be given at noon, 2, and 4 pm. There will be a 1 pm Junior Ranger program: “Join the Army.”

MARITIME EXPOSITION

Perry's ships

Perry’s Victory Visitor Center

Saturday, June 15, 2019
11 am to 4 pm

Rangers and volunteers combine Maritime history and science to educate on the history of the Lake Erie Islands and how science and the environment affected maritime history, such as the Battle of Lake Erie.

During the camp, youth will learn about Boating Safety from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, learn Sea Chanteys and try their hand at climbing the U.S. Brig Niagara’s “Royal Yard.” Explorers will also learn the time honored tradition of tying a Turkshead knot, attend a demonstration on rope making, and browse displays of vintage vessels, an ice boat and ice fishing equipment. Rangers in 1812 Military uniforms will give Historic Firearms (black powder) demonstrations and will fire the Park’s carronade. The US Brig Niagara has confirmed they will be in port for the weekend. A program on invasive species, a collection of rescued animals – including a bald eagle — and snakes will also be part of the camp experience. The program is free and teachers and youth organizations can enroll their students by calling the Park at 419-285-2184, extension 1229.

Put in Bay Mooring FieldSUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET TOUR
Friday, June 21, 2019
8:30-10:00 pm

Ranger program on the Summer Solstice. The evening Summer Solstice Ticket includes a trip to the Observation Deck to experience the longest day of the year. There is a $20 fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids (5-15) for the evening program and tickets can be purchased through the NPS Fee Portal site, recreation.gov until 48 hours prior to the event. All tickets must then be purchased at the Ticket Desk in the column the night of the event.

Put in BayPYRATE FEST 1812 SOLIDERS
Saturday, June 22, 2019
11 am and 2 pm

National Park Rangers in 1812 period military dress give formal black powder demonstration firing a small arms at the black powder area in DeRivera Park during the annual Pyrate Festival.

ARTS ON ERIE
Monday, June 24, 2019 – Thursday, June 27, 2019
10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm

Arts on Erie is a free hands-on workshop for youth and the young at heart with a different project being offered each day. Area artists conduct the workshops that in the past have included painting, clay work and print making. The Park supplies art materials and space on the back porch of the Visitor Center for this program that is open to the general public.

JULY 4TH PATRIOTS BAND CONCERT
Thursday, July 4, 2019
6 pm to 7:30 pm

by Lucy Schneider

The Patriots Symphonic Band, a 70-piece non-profit band based in Lorain County, OH, will perform a selection of Patriotic music during a 90-minute Freedom Concert on the plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Thursday, July 4. The Patriots bring back memories of a hometown band playing in the community square at the July 4th picnic. The concert is free and open to the general public.

STORIES OF VICTORY
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
3 pm to 4 pm

Park Rangers dressed as the people they are representing – Lt. John Brooks, Midshipmen John Clark and Henry Laub, British Captain Robert Finnis and Lt. John Gardner and Lt. James Garden, Michigander Betty Lister, and a construction worker (there were two) – will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.

JULY SUNSET TOUR
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8:30 to 10:00 pm

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by Donna Steinbach

Ranger program on the view from the Observation Deck. The evening Tour Ticket includes a trip to the Observation Deck to experience the longest day of the year. There is a $20 fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids (5-15) for the evening program and tickets can be purchased through the NPS Fee Portal site, recreation.gov until 48 prior to the event. All tickets must then be purchased at the Ticket Desk in the column the night of the event.

 

JULY CARRONADE WEEKEND
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
11 am to 5 pm

Park Rangers and volunteers will demonstrate firing Historic Firearms and the Park’s carronade throughout the day. Ranger programs will cover the nuances of the 1812 military uniform, the proper handling of black powder and the steps to firing a musket. The carronade, a small short-barrel gun like those used IN THE Battle of Lake Erie, will be fired by the Park’s Gun Crew. The Carronade program will discuss the proper steps in firing the short range gun and its limitations during the Battle of Lake Erie. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3, and 5 pm. Carronade demonstrations will be given at noon, 2, and 4 pm. There will be a 1 pm Junior Ranger program: “Join the Army.”

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by Perry’s Victory

WORLD RANGER DAY

Wednesday, July 31, 2019A global observance of Rangers across the world who died in the line of duty over the past 12 months. Many of these Rangers are from Africa, India and Southeast Asia. More than half of these deaths are at the hands of poachers and illegal miners and timber harvesters. Many more are killed by animals such as elephants, lions and bears. Flags from each country affected will be flown on the Park grounds.

 

BARBERSHOP SINGERS CONCERT
Friday, August 9, 2019
7-9 pm

For more than seven decades hundreds of people have gathered to hear the Barbershop Singers perform a free concert at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Harmony and peace are perfect companions and the concert takes place on the back porch of the National Park’s Visitor Center. Some seating is provided but people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to accommodate the large crowds that attend each year. Another event in the Park’s “peace through music” legacy.

Put in BayAUGUST SKY TOUR
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
9:00-10:30 pm

View the night sky from the Observation Deck at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and learn how mariners navigated using the constellations and stars. NASA Ambassador Gene Zajac will present an astronomy program on the 317-foot tall open air Observation Deck. There is a $20 fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids (5-15) for the evening program and tickets can be purchased through the NPS Fee Portal, recreation.gov up until 48 hours prior to the event. Tickets must then be purchased at the Ticket Desk the night of the event.

STORIES OF VICTORY
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
3 pm to 4 pm

Park Rangers dressed as the people they are representing – Lt. John Brooks, Midshipmen John Clark and Henry Laub, British Captain Robert Finnis and Lt. John Gardner and Lt. James Garden, Michigander Betty Lister, and a construction worker (there were two) – will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.

PERRY’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Weekend celebration of the 234th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on August 23, 1785 and the 200th Anniversary of his death at 34 on August 23, 1819. Listen to the Hero of Lake Erie as he discusses his life from the time he became a midshipman at age 13 to his victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie at age 28. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3, and 5 pm. Carronadedemonstrations will be given at noon, 2, and 4 pm. At 1 pm a Junior Ranger program: “Join Perry’s Navy” will be given. Sunday, August 25, is the 103 Anniversary of the National Park Service and is a Fee Free Day at the Memorial Column.

Perry's Victory103rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/FEE FREE
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 103rd Anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Visitors will be able to ride the elevator to the 317-foot Observation Deck for a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands for free. Kids can also visit the “See Yourself as a Park Ranger” display where they can try on different Ranger uniforms and equipment and learn about the many different jobs Park Rangers can choose from.

 

Perry's Display

Perry’s Visitor Center

HISTORIC WEEKEND
Friday, September 6, 2019 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

 

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 206th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in The Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813, and the enduring peace that has bound the United States, Great Britain and Canada in peace and as allies for more than 200 years. A Flag Retirement Ceremony is held Friday evening at 7 pm with Park Rangers, American Legion members and Boy Scouts. Saturday begins with an 11 am Memorial Service and the Grand Parade steps off at 2:15 pm and ends at the Park’s flag poles where four high school marching bands will play the National Anthems from each country before Rangers and volunteers fire a musket and carronade salute. A Living History Military Encampment is open 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Rangers will give black powder musket demonstrations, rifle demonstrations, and carronade firing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A Time Line event, “200 Years of US Military History” will be presented after the Parade on Saturday. The Perry Group will host a concert Saturday evening and the annual “Lights of Peace” Harbor Illumination at dusk. About 1,200 Boy Scouts will camp on the East Lawn at Port Clinton Troop #360’s annual Camporee.

PATRIOT’S DAY
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10 am to 6 pm

The American flag and flags from each of the countries who lost citizens during the tragedies on September 11, 2001 will be installed around the Memorial column on the Upper Plaza in tribute to the victims of 9-11. At 8:46 am when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and again at 10:28 am when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, church bells will ring and bagpipes will play on the Upper Plaza of the Memorial Column.

STORIES OF VICTORY
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3 pm to 5 pm

Park Rangers dressed as the people they are representing – Lt. John Brooks, Midshipmen John Clark and Henry Laub, British Captain Robert Finnis and Lt. John Gardner and Lt. James Garden, Michigander Betty Lister, and a construction worker (there were two) – will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Perry's MonumentWorld Peace Day was established in 1981 by unanimous UN resolution. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will present a mini-series of Peace topics that includes the audience in the discussion. The series will be held in the Visitor Center at 1 pm and 3 pm. The Park’s International Flag Collection will circle the three flag poles and create a large peace symbol visible from the Observation Deck.

PUBLIC LANDS DAY/FEE FREE DAY
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In celebration of Public Lands Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will offer free access to the Memorial’s Observation Deck. The park is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Public Lands Day.