As the Fourth of July celebrations continued Friday, many bypassed the barbeques and boat rides in favor of a patriotic show. Living historians put on a demonstration for visitors in Point Park with a message behind the motions.
Independence Day is a day to celebrate the country's birthday with fireworks and fun, but many also consider it a time to reflect on how far the United States has come as a nation.
"I think it's just an incredible time to stop ponder and be greatful for the people that have done so much for us here," said Patricia Legere, chattanooga resident.
Park rangers painted chattanooga's role for visitors, stepping back to the Civil War when union and confederate soldiers loaded up in a conflicted nation.
"You can talk about the artillery, but for people to actually see people dressed out, actually drilling and firing it, just brings it all home," said Anton Heinlein, a park ranger.
It's a time many defended America's founding father's moves in 1776.
"We're representing a time in our history where it was very hard for everybody," said Richard Miller, a living historian at Point Park.
NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo got in on the cannon-loading action.
"Sponge out the gun, make sure there's no sparks in there from the last shot," said Miller, during the drill. Then the audience prepared for impact.
"We need to let our children growing up get to know how we got to be the nation that we are today," said Heinlein.
That's the message this veteran wants his children to remember.
"The bravery, the comradery all those folks what they fought and believed in, both the north and the south, that's what I take away is the comradery and remember those folks who made the final sacrifice for what they believed in," said Ted Kubista, of Huntsville, Ala.
While many sought out a bit of history July 4th, many didn't need to go far.
"I live in an old house. It's over 100 years old. We have a cannonball in the foyer, so it's kind of a nice connection," said Melissa Curtis, a Chattanooga resident.
Aside from Fourth of July celebrations, Point Park also holds artillery demonstrations during the Chickamauga Battlefield anniversary.By Briona Arradondo