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Independence Day Celebration
July 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Traditional Independence Day Celebration Returns to The Farmers’ Museum
Mark your Independence Day Weekend with a visit to The Farmers’ Museum. You’ll find a traditional Fourth of July celebration featuring a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, great barbecued food, and activities focused on family fun.
Starting at noon, watch as the Declaration of Independence is read aloud on the Bump Tavern Green and take part in the 13 celebratory toasts as our Founding Fathers did, with lemonade provided by the Crossroads Café. Sit for a traditional tintype portrait outside the Herkimer Kitchen–something you can’t do with your smartphone (throughout the day, weather permitting, see website for details). Traditional 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 printer’s station in the Main Barn, pick up a multi-color Fourth of July card. While there, you can also pick up a copy of the portable lemonade recipe that’s featured in the new Farmers’ Museum cookbook Sweet Treats and Good Eats.
At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard.
Experience the new exhibition Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival. You can also enjoy a ride on the recently reopened Empire State Carousel, explore the country village, check out Todd’s General Store, and visit the famous Cardiff Giant. Sit on our tavern green while you enjoy grilled favorites from The Crossroads Café.
The Templeton Players will present this year’s first performance of audience favorite Box and Cox on the Bump Tavern Green. Enjoy a remastered version of our popular Fourth of July parade documentary which depicts festive Independence Day celebrations throughout Otsego County from 1887 to today.
The museum is open every day this summer from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults and juniors (ages 13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Museum 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.
COVID-19 Guidelines: Vaccinated visitors are no longer required to wear face masks either indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated visitors must continue to wear face masks while inside buildings.
SEE VIDEO of past Independence Day Parades in the region!