Perry Defeats British Fleet

Battle of Lake Erie

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 Perry's MonumentRetirement 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.

Celebrate Perry’s Birthday

Commodore Perry

Commodore Perry

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Join the celebration of the 234th anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on August 23, 1785, as well as the 200th anniversary of his death at 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 take place at 11am, 3pm and 5 pm.  Carronade demonstrations start at noon, 2pma nd 4 pm.  At 1pm there is a Junior Ranger program entitled, “Join Perry’s Navy.”  Sunday, August 25, is the 103 Anniversary of the National Park Service.  It is a Fee-Free Day at the Memorial Column.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 103rd Anniversary of the National Park Service. Visitors can ride the elevator to the 317-foot Observation Deck for a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands for free.  Children can visit the “See Yourself as a Park Ranger” display; they can try on a variety of ranger uniforms and learn about different jobs park rangers can choose from.

Perry’s Victory Hosts Patriots Band on 4th July

Patriots Band kicks off July 4th fireworks with free 90-minute concert on Perry Memorial plaza

Put in Bay July 4thPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Lorain County’s 80-member Patriots Band will kick off Independence Day’s evening celebration with a free concert on the lower plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Thursday, July 4, at 6 pm. The Patriots Band will play a selection of patriotic music and selections from the Music Man during the 90-minute concert.

“The staff at Perry’s Victory and International Memorial is excited to host the Patriots Band,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. “They have been compared to an old-fashioned hometown band playing at a community picnic.”

“July 4th is always a busy day at the National Park,” said Superintendent Rowles. Rangers work extra hours to assist people parking on park property to watch the evening fireworks display and work a special event on the park’s Observation Deck hosted by its Friends Group, the Friends of Perry’s Victory (Perry Group).

Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay sponsor the annual 30-minute fireworks display. Fireworks will begin at dark on July 4. The fireworks are shot from a barge in Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor in front of the Memorial Column, explained Superintendent Rowles.  Hundreds of visitors view the fireworks from the grounds of the National Park.  The Perry Group will host a special event on the Observation Deck to view the fireworks, she added. The fundraiser will help generate capital improvement funds for projects such as waysides and elements that cannot be funded with federal money. For more information about the Perry Group, its mission and its event schedule, visit

Memorial Day Service at Perry’s Victory

Put in BayPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Park Rangers and the Put-in-Bay community will honor the fallen at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial during a Memorial Day Service at 11am on Monday, May 27. The Memorial column will open immediately following the ceremony at approximately 12pm.

“We all come together on Memorial Day to honor the men who died in the Battle of Lake Erie, and honor all veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. Superintendent Rowles, a US Army veteran, said American Legion Post #542 of Put-in-Bay will provide the Color Guard and veterans will fire a rifle volley, with Rangers firing muskets, at the end of the service. Local veteran Bob Hilt will join the superintendent in placing a wreath in the Memorial’s rotunda over the spot marking the location where three American and three British naval officers are interred together.

“Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Park Rangers learn the names of Lt. John Brooks and midshipmen Henry Laub and John Clark soon after they arrive here,” said Superintendent Rowles. “They are the American officers we are here to honor every day.” Park Rangers traditionally hand out red carnations with the name of an Ohioan who has died in the line of duty to those attending. Superintendent Rowles said Park Rangers will also attend the American Legion’s Memorial Day Service at 12:30 pm at Maple Leaf Cemetery.
A bagpiper will return to the plaza of the Memorial Column at 3pm on Monday to play “Amazing Grace” during a National Moment of Remembrance.

Both ferry services to the island provide free transportation to veterans on Memorial Day. The Memorial Column and Observation Deck, and the park’s Visitor Center, are open 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.