Independence Day Celebration

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

See the full daily schedule

Kids 17 and under receive free admission to OSV this summer during July and August when accompanied by an adult paying full price admission.* 

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

For the safety and comfort of all guests, all coolers, bags, chairs, and backpacks will be subject to inspection at the point of admission.

Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizens' 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 and learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of "base ball."

Fife and drum music will be played throughout the day, and a naturalization ceremony will take place on the OSV Common.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present scores of candidates to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and they will pledge their Oath of Allegiance to the United States for the very first time. 

*Free admission for children 17 and under is limited to five children per one adult.

Fireworks

The fireworks will be postponed to Saturday evening. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Please note the change of time. Tickets purchased for Friday will be honored on Saturday evening. This separate fireworks program includes food, music, and entertainment capped off by a spectacular 30-minute fireworks display over the Village countryside. 

All fireworks tickets will be $16. Both day and evening events are sponsored by Country Bank. 

Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. 

Watch a video below or see a slide show.

Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

 

Did you know?

July 4th Historical Tidbits                     

  • Independence Day was one of America’s three biggest holidays in the early 1800s.  The other two big holidays:  Thanksgiving and George Washington’s birthday.

  • When the hated Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, Boston’s celebration included lanterns, bells, flags, and music. John Hancock illuminated his house and discharged fireworks from a stage in front of it.

  • About 1,000 years ago the Chinese invented gunpowder and with it – fireworks.

  • Metallic compounds added to fireworks produce brighter colors. Sodium nitrate makes a dazzling yellow; strontium chloride a vibrant red; barium chloride a true green; and copper chloride a deep blue.

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