Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018.  10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day with the sights and sounds of the mid-1800s. Hear the muskets blast with our militia muster and hear history happen. Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green. There will also be traditional music during the day and food will be available.

Independence Day 2018 Schedule of Events 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Historic Tintype photographs beside the schoolhouse.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Games on the Bump Tavern Green.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Children’s crafts at the Empire State Carousel.

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Patriotic sing-a-long in the church.

Starting at 12:00 Noon: Ringing of the church bell, presentation of the Militia, followed by a live reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Leatherstocking Stage.

1:00 p.m.: Reading of letters by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr on the Leatherstocking Stage.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Musical interlude on Bump Tavern porch.

2:00 p.m.: Address by Susan B. Anthony on the Leatherstocking Stage.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Music on Bump Tavern porch.

Have you ever wanted your own tintype portrait?! We'll have tintype photographer at our Independence Day Celebration! Historic clothing will be available for visitors to wear if they wish.

Authentic wet plate tintype portraits will be available (weather dependent) for visitors throughout the day (break from noon-1 p.m.). Wet plate photography was the most common photographic process used during the mid-1800s!

A portrait on an approx. 4”x5” plate (up to 5 people in a single group) is $30. Visitors pay at Todd’s General Store and return with receipt to pick up their plate. Limited spaces available. Customers can sign up at the event for a time slot (15-minute intervals).

Independence Day Celebration is included with regular paid admission. $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members are free.