ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Museum of Appalachia will mark Independence Day with its traditional anvil shoot and more. 

The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old-fashioned games, music, and demonstrations from beekeepers, blacksmiths, and patriotic re-enactors.

Black powder and a fuse are the keys to sending one anvil soaring
Black powder and a fuse are the keys to sending one anvil soaring
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Anvil shooting used to be a fairly common way that rural folks celebrated special events. They "shot the anvil" to celebrate the nation's Independence, Christmas, and even Davy Crockett's election to the U.S. Congress. 

The anvil shoot is startling loud and sends animals and humans scurrying
The anvil shoot is startling loud and sends animals and humans scurrying
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The 200-pound anvil will soar hundreds of feet into the air. Anvil shoots are scheduled for Thursday, July 4, at 10:00, 11:00, noon, 1:00, and 3:00.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.