Annual March Out This Weekend At Valley Forge National Historical Park

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The Annual March Out at Valley Forge is this weekend./NPS

Summer officially kicks off at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania this weekend with a commemoration of the Continental Army's departure from the winter quarters in pursuit of the British Army.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., gives visitors the chance to "walk in the footsteps of the Continental Army along the historic trace road" the soldiers used in June 1778. Participants will fall into a marching formation and walk about a half-mile to Varnum's Picnic Area.

Along the way interpreters in period uniforms will offer insights into how the army under General George Washington turned things around and successfully engage the British troops. The march will conclude with a soldier life program and musket demonstration.