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Venue:Old Sturbridge Village
Dates:Saturday, July 2, 2022 - Monday, July 4, 2022
Hours:9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
independence day celebration at old sturbridge village photoCelebrate Independence Day Weekend with a citizens’ parade, fife and drum music, cannon demonstrations, and more at Old Sturbridge Village!

Learn how and why early 19th-century New Englanders celebrated the holiday, hear a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence, and hear excerpts from Frederick Douglass’s 1852 address “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.”

You can also join in a game of old-fashioned style baseball and watch a toy hot air balloon flight!

Please note that some programs are weather-dependent and may have to be moved inside or canceled in the event of heavy rain.

Welcoming New Citizens
On July 4th only, watch and be inspired by a citizen naturalization ceremony on the Village common. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present 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.

Firing the Cannon
An exciting feature of the Independence Day festivities is the firing of our reproduction cannon. There were 46 militia units armed with cannons in Massachusetts in the 1830s and one of them was located in here in Sturbridge.

These units fired their cannons on militia training days and during celebrations, like the 4th of July. Our cannon has a cast-iron barrel and is mounted on a carriage made by Village artisans.

Celebratory Song and Dance
On Saturday, July 2nd, hear special performances by the Old Sturbridge Village Singers and on Sunday, July 3rd, catch the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers demonstrate 1830s-style dances. (Subject to change)

Find more 4th of July Celebrations & Boston Fireworks Displays near you in our handy guide.

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$28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE, | Purchase Tickets



Route 20, Sturbridge, MA map
Phone: 800-SEE-1830

Old Sturbridge Village outdoor history museum is conveniently located on Route 20 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and is easily accessible by car from I-84 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-90.


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