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141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Civil War Muster

Cascades Civil War Muster

August 20 & 21, 2016

The Cascades Civil War Muster is the longest running, largest Civil War Muster and re-enactment in the entire Midwest. The Muster involves more than 1,500 re-enactors and more than 30,000 guests. The Muster came to Jackson in September 1984. Brought to Jackson by Jim Guerriero, it was originally held in Mason. Photo journalists have come to this event from as far away as Washington DC.

The Muster features re-enactments of Civil War battles; the battles featured vary from year to year, but occur each day at 2 pm.

Other features include:

  • Historic Village of Jacksonburg
  • Authentic Battle Encampment
  • Calvary Demonstrations
  • Medical Demonstrations
  • Military Ball
  • Sutler's Row
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Food Vendors
  • Live Period Music

Enjoy both battles and stay at one of Jackson's Hotels. For a detailed schedule, go to CivilWarMuster.org.

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Sparks Park & The Cascades

(517) 788-4320
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1400 S. Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Sparks Park & The Cascades Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. Cascades Park & Cascade Falls The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment... » More Information


2016 The Cascades Schedule

The Cascades will be open for a light show from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nightly May 28 - September 5
  • September 10 & 11
  • September 17 & 18

All dates are weather permitting.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Sparks Park & The Cascades

Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a.
Cascades Park &
Cascade Falls

The best-known attraction of this 457-acre park is The Cascades, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and listen to the beautiful music from comfortable seats while the most energetic climb to the top of the 500-foot hill alongside the six giant fountains while dodging the spraying water. 

The falls are illuminated every night in season, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. with an admission charge. Children 10 years and under are free with paid adult. Call for special group rates. 

The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course, Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include an outdoor basketball court, baseball and softball fields, a very popular walking path, playground area, and a picnic shelter.  

The Cascades Park is also the home of many special events such as the midwest's largest Cascades Civil War Muster weekly summer Family Fun Nights, and spectacular fireworks shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", open March through September.

Click here to download and print the 2016 Fireworks and Family Fun Night schedule of events. 

Click here to download and print the 2016 Cascades Rotary Community Bandshell Summer Concert Series schedule of events. 

The Sparks Park newest feature is the urban fishery. The fishery was first stocked with 500 Blue Gill and 100 Large Mouth Bass. The urban fishery was completed in June 2012. The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-4320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

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