Huntington Beach to Hold 24th Annual Civil War Reenactment

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is still set to stage its 24th annual Civil War Days Living History Event this Labor Day weekend.

This is the second time in three years that the event is being held in the wake and shadow of racially charged conflict and violence.

President of the Huntington Beach Historical Society Darrell Rivers says they are planning this as a teachable moment with an open dialogue on race.

“I’d like to think we’re out here to provide living history and prompt discussion. We’re not going to censor anyone.”

Other cities has cancelled their Civil War re-enactments in the wake of the Charlottesville conflict.

Manassas, Virginia, a site of two actual battles in the Civil War cancelled their 13th annual Heritage Day saying:

“Recent events have ignited passions in this country surrounding the Civil War and the symbols representing it. The City of Manassas is saddened by these events and abhors the violence happening around the country. The City does not wish to further exacerbate the situation. Consequently, Civil War Weekend, which was to be held Aug. 25-27, has been canceled for the safety of our residents, visitors and re-enactors.”

Rivers says Huntington Beach has had no negativity towards the event nor have there been threats made.

He says the event represents the history of the war and is the largest re-enactment in Southern California.

If you'd like to go:

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3; battles at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave.

Cost: Free

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