Activities at Fort Adams in Newport Saturday Feb. 16 include ceremonial retirements of tattered American flags, a talk on military defenses and historic Fort tours

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It's Winter Festival 2013 and there are many things to do in Newport Saturday February 16. Visit Fort Adams with your old American flag, experience guns saluting as part of the flag retirement ceremonies, enjoy a talk on the military defenses of Narragansett Bay and take a guided tour of an American Fortress operated by The Fort Adams Trust.

Do you have tattered American flags or ensigns in your garage or basement that you don't know what to do with?

"If you're looking for things to do this Saturday February 16, there's a lot going on at the Newport Winter Festival and at Historic Fort Adams," said Rick Nagele, Executive Director of the Fort Adams Trust. "This National Historic Landmark and largest remaining coastal fortification is open for people to enjoy."

Retire your American flag with honors

The right way to dispose of a damaged American flag is to burn it, following strict guidelines. People are encouraged to bring their weathered flags to the Fortress and members of the Middletown VFW along with staff from Fort Adams will ceremoniously burn each flag. "Watch our uniformed ‘Civil War’ soldiers fire salutes as the flag burning ceremonies end," said Nagele. Just stop by from 12PM to 4PM by the east gate of the Fort (near the large parking lot and visitors center). A donation is requested and replacement flags flown over Fort Adams are available for purchase.

“It's kind of moving to see the proper way to retire the American Flag. The Middletown VFW does a great job” said Rob McCormack, Director of the Visitor Experience at Fort Adams.

The Defense of Narragansett Bay

The Narragansett Bay was a center of military innovation and activity since the founding of the country. Learn all about the evolution of Narragansett Bay’s defenses in an exciting talk by Ted Gatchell. 1:00PM - 2PM in the Fort Adams State Park Visitor’s Center. Free.

According to Nagele, “Ted’s programs are hugely informative and he’s a great speaker. I very much enjoy listening to him.”

Take a Tour of the Fortress

One hour guided tours kick off at 12:00 and 2:00 PM daily Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 24. On Saturday, February 16, tours depart hourly from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All tours are weather dependent (visit our website at for updates).

“You see the Fort very differently in the winter. Details that get lost seem much clearer, somehow. She’s a grand old place,” notes Jack McCormack, Site Manager. "People tell us they truly enjoy the tours and learning about the archtecture, history and the stories about the people who called Fort Adams home."

Without a Festival Button the tours cost $12 for adults, youth [6-17] are $6, and children 5 and under are free. With a Festival Button all pricees are 50% off.

About Fort Adams

Historic Fort Adams is rapidly becoming Newport Rhode Island’s 'Adventure Learning and Recreation Destination.' In addition to tours and historic programming, activities include a zip line, team building center, and events like the North East Regional Quidditch Tournament or the annual Fortress of Nightmares. These activities are designed to attract people to the Fort with action oriented events, thereby encouraging our guests to learn more about the Fort, local and military history, and engineering and architecture during their visits.

Historic Fort Adams is operated by the Fort Adams Trust, whose mission is to direct and support the stabilization, restoration, maintenance and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site. Proceeds from events benefit the preservation and continued programming.

Fort Adams is located in Fort Adams State Park off Harrison Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island

About the Newport Winter Festival

Join our “Silver Sparkle Celebration!” as the Newport Winter Festival commemorates it’s 25th Anniversary! Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 15th-24th, 2013 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.


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