New life for celebrating a historic Fourth of July at Fort Tejon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- History comes to life for the Fourth of July at Fort Tejon State Park.

Dressed in historically-accurate uniforms, volunteers celebrated Independence Day just like soldiers and civilians did in the year 1856.

The rustic state park almost closed due to state budget problems, but supporters say it was saved at the last minute. It was that victory that allowed volunteers to fire off authentic cannons on the park grounds.

They had one blast for each state in the Union in 1856, making for 31 blasts.

The reenactments are done at Fort Tejon on the first Saturday of each month, except in July. In this month the schedule is changed a bit, to accommodate the special Fourth of July celebration.