Daily Schedule

DATE: JULY 2, 2022

Hours of Operation 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Daily events are subject to change.

Please note daily events are subject to change and are weather permitting

Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreated 1830s rural New England town! Hear Fife and Drum music, make a thaumatrope, and see a parade. Hear a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence, learn why not all 19th-century Americans celebrated the 4th of July, join in a game of Base Ball, or watch a Toy Hot Air Balloon take flight. Enjoy your visit!

Independence Day Programming

Throughout the day:

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Make a 4th of July Thaumatrope: The first optical toy to show “persistence of vision”, which lead to the discovery of motion pictures (in the Visitor Center demonstration space, Building #2).

10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. A Reading of Patriotic Poetry:
Hear poems by 19th Century American poets (in the Towne House, Building #16).

10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Fife and Drum Music (in the field near the District School, Building #33)

11:00 a.m. Why We Celebrate the 4th of July (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7)

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, Building #7)

1:30 p.m. Procession of Citizens (throughout the Village)

2:00 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence (in the Center Meetinghouse, Building #7)

4:00 p.m. Fife and Drum Music (on the Common)

Blacksmith Shop
(Building #39) Our smiths are hard at work making tools for our new cabinetmaking shop as well as more typical items.

Towne House Lower Kitchen: Making butter & soft cheese
from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Building #16)

3:30 p.m. Milking Demonstration (at the Freeman Farm, Building #36)

Thompson Bank
(Building #20) Country banks provided short-term business loans to merchants, prosperous farmers, and manufacturers.

2:30-4:00 p.m. Make a Punched Tin Ornament| $3.00 per craft
Purchase a $3.00 token for Crafts at the Visitor Center or the Miner Grant Store. Instruction by Costumed Interpreter; make an item to take home. Please note tokens are nonrefundable. Unused tokens can be redeemed on a future visit.
(in the Booth next to the Miner Grant Store)

Music Performances
10:00 a.m. Music at the Tavern: Hear a sampler of 1830s music (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Parlor Music at the Salem Towne House: Learn about the Towne Family’s musical background and hear a selection of songs historically performed in the home (Building #16).

2:00 p.m. Music at the Farm:
Hear a selection of 1830s music outside the Freeman Farmhouse (Building #36).

4:00 p.m. Musical Highlights, the “Hurdy Gurdy”: Listen to this strange and unusual instrument (in the Bullard Tavern, Building #3).

The Carryall (weather permitting)
We offer a horse-drawn carryall ride included with the price of admission. From 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. pm you can board behind the Bullard Tavern (#3) or in front of the Blacksmith Shop (#39) about every 20 minutes for a ride around the Mill Pond. There is no Carryall operating outside of these times.

Games (all games meet on the Common)
10:30 a.m. French and English: Pick a side! Participate in a game of tug of war.

2:30 p.m. Play 19th Century Base Ball: “Play Ball” following rules adapted from The Book of Sports and other 19th century sources

4:00 p.m. Toy Hot Air Balloon: Join us for a demonstration (or two!) of a fascinating diversion enjoyed by children in the early 1800s, a toy hot air balloon flight!

Dining & Shopping
Oliver Wight Café
(Building #1)
(in the Oliver Wight Tavern Lobby)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. pastries & beverages
Bullard Caf
é (Building #3) (on the Ground Floor)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. sandwiches and beverages.
Scoop Shop (Building # 25) 12:00 – 4:00 pm:
Gifford’s ice cream and cold beverages available.
Miner Grant Store & Bake Shop (Building #19)
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in to buy our famous chocolate chip cookies, Joe Frogger cookies, and treats. Shop for Village-made wares, heirloom seeds, historical children’s toys and gifts, too!
Ox & Yoke Mercantile (Building #1) 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Take home a traditional rural New England treasure or locally made gift. Village-made crafts and kits, home décor, books, and more await!
Special in-store events, today only:
1:00-3:00 p.m. Cedar & Pearl Ornament Painting Demonstration
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge Book Signing