Today I received a list of historical facts about the Fourth of July from Sandra Correa, a representative of the genealogy website My Heritage. I doubt if she realized that I am a Yankee Doodle Dandy born on the 4th of July so the day has particular significance to me!
When I was a girl, my family celebrated my birthday by driving down to the little southern Oregon coast town of Port Orford and watching a reenactment of the Battle of Battle Rock. We would park the car then walk over and join the crowd stretched out on the grassy dunes on the edge of the beach waiting for the excitement to start. Sometimes, local children would shoot off firecrackers or some of the more elaborate "illegal" fireworks that they had purchased up in nearby Washington state that had more liberal fireworks regulations than Oregon.
this historical narrative, none of the nine traders beseiged at Battle Rock were slain. So if there are graves there they must be someone else. Although I've been to Battle Rock State Park many times, I have never actually climbed up on the rock to see for myself. I suppose I should add this to my bucket list!
I didn't realize until I read the narrative that so many Native Americans were involved in the attack. At the reenactments there were only a handful of reenactors dressed as Native Americans so I never realized the scope of the event.
After the battle reenactment, my family would watch the city-sponsored fireworks that were shot over the ocean afterwards. Sadly, Port Orford has dwindled to a shadow of its former self after the timber industry logged most of the surrounding trees in subsequent years. I sometimes wonder if the little town still sponsors the annual reenactment.
Anyway, for those of you interested in learning more about the Fourth, here is the list of factoids Ms. Correa sent to me: