Expect to Hear Booms from 50-Gun Salute on July 4

by ARLnow.com July 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm 3,709 8 Comments

The Army will be ringing in the nation’s Independence Day with a 50-gun salute from Fort Myer.

Public affairs personnel from the military base are advising Arlington residents who live in the area that they might hear cannon fire around noon tomorrow (July 4) as a result of the annual ceremony.

Please be advised that there will be a 50-gun salute to the nation at the stroke of 12 noon, Wednesday, July 4 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Whipple Field by Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery.

According to Army regulation, “in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, a salute to the Union (50 guns) will be fired at 1200 hours on Independence Day at all Army installations provided with the necessary equipment for firing salutes.” In 1810, the “National Salute” was defined by the War Department as equal to the number of states in the Union. Today the Presidential Salute Battery fires 50 rounds at noon on Independence Day to celebrate the nation’s history. This 4th of July, the Presidential Salute Battery will fire the 75mm blank ceremonial shell with 1.5 pounds of powder. The salute takes about four minutes total, so arrive early to view this celebration of America.

The platoon is equipped with 10 M5, 75mm antitank cannons mounted on M6 howitzer carriages. Each gun weighs 5,775 pounds

Portions of several roads on the base — including Marshall Drive, Grant Avenue, and Washington Avenue — will be blocked off during the salute.

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Yummy. Gun salute at stroke of noon. mmmmmm

  • Rick

    God bless America. Will the cannons be pointed towards Montgomery County?

    • Clarendon

      Cannon to right of them,
      Cannon to left of them,
      Cannon in front of them
      Volleyed and thundered

    • 5555624

      Based on the comments in some other threads, I think they should be pointed at Quincy Plaza.

      • Rick

        I’m good either way

  • Inthedmv

    Boom Boom Guns Platoon!!!!!!

  • Ben

    Only 50?

  • sunflower

    as we celebrate our independence, let’s be mindful of our dependence on all things electrical!


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