Daily events are subject to change.
Please note programming is weather permitting and subject to change
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! We are celebrating Independence Day. Experience cannon demonstrations, watch the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, and see the Procession of Citizens. In addition, learn why we celebrate the 4th of July, participate in a game of Base Ball and more. Please follow occupancy guidelines and signs posted outside buildings. Enjoy your visit!
Independence Day Programming
Throughout the day: Sign a giant Declaration of Independence (near the Center Meetinghouse)
9:45 a.m. History & Raising of the Flag with Fife & Drum (on the Common)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Curator’s Pick: “A Preview of Parades” Get a small sneak peak of the upcoming 75th anniversary exhibition and learn about a selection of objects related to New England’s parade history (in the Visitor Center Demonstration Space)
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Make a Tri-Corner Hat (in the Visitor Center)
10:00 a.m. Patriotic Poetry: Hear poems by 19th Century American poets. (in the Towne House Garden)
10:30 Fife and Drum (in the field near the District School)
10:30 a.m. Cannon Demonstration: Hear the thunderous roar of our replica cannon. (in the Bixby Field)
11:00 a.m. Why We Celebrate the 4th of July (in the Center Meetinghouse)
11:30 a.m. OSV Dancers: Watch the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers demonstrate dancing in the 1830s. (by the Center Meetinghouse)
12:30 p.m. Performance of “Declaring Independence: Then & Now”: Listen for the ringing of the Meetinghouse bell to signify the beginning of a contextualized reading of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. (at the Center Meetinghouse)
1:30 p.m. Procession of Citizens (throughout the Village)
2:00 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence (on the Common)
2:30 p.m. Play Base Ball: “Play Ball” following rules adapted from The Book of Sports and other 19th century sources. (on the Common)
2:30 Fife and Drum Music (in the field near the District School)
3:00 p.m. Cannon Demonstration: Hear the thunderous roar of our replica cannon (in the Bixby Field)
3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration (at the Freeman Farm)
3:30 p.m. Demonstration of a Toy Hot Air Balloon Join us on the Common for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!
4:00 p.m. A Reading of Patriotic Poetry: Hear poems by 19th Century American Poets. (in the Towne House Garden)
4:45 p.m. Flag Lowering with Fife & Drum (on the Common)
We offer two horse-drawn carryall rides (weather permitting), included with the price of admission, around the Village. Please note from 1:00 – 1:30 pm there are no Carryalls operating.
From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern or behind the Blacksmith Shop about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill pond.
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 5:00 pm you can board at the Asa Knight Store or the Miner Grant Store about every 45 minutes for a longer ride around the Common and Countryside.
Dining & Shopping
Bullard Café (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. full hot and cold menu available.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. soups, sandwiches and beverages.
Scoop Shop 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!