Pirates land at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10 AM till 4 PM. Fort Mifflin’s annual Pirate Day invites you to explore piracy on the Delaware River at the only fort in Philadelphia. Revelry and mischief abound for pirates of all ages, including a treasure dig, blacksmithing demonstrations, hands-on family activities, cannon blasts, a scavenger hunt and more! Musical entertainment by the Sea Dogs throughout the day. Special guest exhibit from Independence Seaport Museum. Be there or prepare to walk the plank!
Ticket Information – General Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 Veterans and students under 12
Located on the Delaware River adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport, Fort Mifflin remains firmly rooted in the 18th century. Built in 1771 by the British to protect their most prosperous colonial city, Fort Mifflin supported the American Revolution by delaying the re-supply of British forces occupying the rebel capital of Philadelphia in November, 1777. This provided General Washington time to establish winter quarters in Valley Forge. Too late in the season for British General Howe to chase them, the garrison at Fort Mifflin thus extended the war and allowed the American army time to regroup until the spring of 1778. Forever after that known as the “Valiant Defender of the Delaware,” Fort Mifflin was reconstructed in the late 18th century and remained an active military installation until the 1950’s.
Now a National Historic Landmark and rich cultural resource, the Fort invites visitors to experience history first-hand at one of the only intact Revolutionary War battlefields, and the only fort in Philadelphia. History LIVES at Fort Mifflin!
This event takes place rain or shine and some of these pirates prefer our air conditioned buildings! Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome on the Fort Mifflin grounds.