Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is hosting the annual Happy Birthday Commodore Perry event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 23-25 at the memorial on Put-in-Bay.
“We have this celebration every year, but this year is extra special and will include a variety of additional events,” said Steve Roberts, park ranger. “We will have activities reminiscent of the time Commodore Perry was alive, as well as live demonstrations.”
Want to Go?
WHAT: Happy Birthday Commodore Perry
WHEN: August 23- 25
WHERE: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-in-Bay
COST: Events: Free; Observation Deck: $3 for adults (16 years old and older), Free for kids (15 years old and younger)
Throughout the weekend guests can play on a first come first serve basis a game of cricket. Played by the exact rules Oliver Perry would have played by, guests can see what leisure activities people enjoyed in 1812.
“There will also be live musket and canon demonstrations,” Roberts said. “Commodore Perry himself will also be on hand to greet enthusiasts.”
Jeremy Meir will be dressing up as the honored commodore throughout the weekend and making guest appearances at various events.
“On Saturday we will also be having a birthday bash,” Roberts said. “There will be a Oliver Perry Look-a-Like Contest and the launching of a replica long boat.”
The long boat is the type of boat Perry used in the Battle of Lake Erie. The boat will be cast off at the harbor in downtown Put-in-Bay.
“People really are going to enjoy traveling back in time for the weekend and seeing what life was like in 1812,” Roberts said. “It is going to be an educational weekend, that is also fun.”
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/pevi/planyourvisit/celebrate-perrys-birthday.htm.