Also happening on Friday, galleries, shops and restaurants in downtown Cape Girardeau stay open until 9 p.m. for First Friday with the Arts.
While you’re out and about downtown for First Friday and Tunes at Twilight, stop by the Red House Interpretive Center for a speaker’s series on Blacksmithing at 7 p.m.
Constructed during the beginning of the Civil War in the summer of 1861, Fort D is the only remaining fort out of four Civil War forts that once protected the city of Cape Girardeau from Confederate attack. The earthwork walls of the fort remain intact and signage throughout the fort's grounds recount the history of Fort D.
Work on Fort D began on August 6, 1861, under the direction of Lieutenant John Wesley Powell of Illinois. In 1869, Powell led the first successful navigation of the Colorado River through what Powell named “The Grand Canyon.”
The old fort’s storied past comes back to life with Civil War encampments featuring living history demonstrations, food, live music and cannon fire every Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. This year’s Labor Day at Fort D takes place from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is a free event that’s open to the public. Step back in time at historic Fort D and experience anew the echoes of a now distant war that pitted brother against brother.
Get the full scoop on all of these events and more at VisitCape.com/Events.