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Independence Day Celebration

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Starting at noon, witness a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Bump Tavern Green by Michael Henrici. Take part in the 13 celebratory toasts as our Founding Fathers did with lemonade made from an 1840’s recipe. In addition there will be a reading of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Andre Lake and Adrienne Martini will read a piece by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 19th-century children’s games will be provided for family play on the Bump Tavern Green.

During the event, museum artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades throughout the day. At the print shop, you can pick up a copy of our 1840’s lemonade recipe, printed on the museum’s Liberty Job Press. At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard. In the Main Barn, check out the new exhibition The Buzz about Pollinators and our historic tool collection.  You can also enjoy a ride on the Empire State Carousel, explore the Country Village, shop at Todd’s General Store, and visit the famous Cardiff Giant. Sit on our tavern green while you enjoy selections from The Crossroads Café.


July 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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