Saturday, July 1, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm

(Saturday, July 1) The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day weekend with the sounds of 1845. Hear the muskets blast with our militia muster and hear history happen.  First, hear Frederick Douglass' famous "History is a Weapon" Speech. In 1852, almost ten years before the Civil War was fought, Frederick Douglass made an eloquent and passionate speech about what freedom meant for the slave. Join Douglass, as portrayed by one of the Museum’s Templeton Players, in his plea for freedom and justice. (Presented Saturday, July 1 at noon. Other dates include July 2, 4, 8, and 9 at noon).  Then hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green (Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4 at 1:00 pm). There will be traditional music during the day and food available.

Actual National Holiday: The museum celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July 1 but will also be open Tuesday, July 4 with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green at 1:00 pm. You'll also find music and food available.

The museum is open every day this summer from 10 am–5 pm. Admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.

Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.