An 1830s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

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Come celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun.

Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen's procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document.

Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of "base ball."

Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase so you can enjoy a picnic on the common.  

Return in the evening for a spectacular fireworks display!

Join us for an evening full of activities followed by 21st-century fireworks. Gates open at 6:00 with music, magic and more, followed by the fireworks at dusk. 


Highlights include:

    Reading of the Declaration of Independence
    19th-century magic with Robert Olson
    Comedic juggling with Lucky Bob
    Games and contests, including pie-eating, sack races, and quoits (similar to horseshoes, popular in early New England)
    Food, beverage and souvenir tents - including beer and wine