A Traditional Independence Day Celebration at the Farmers’ Museum
(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day with a celebration with historic sounds, food, and great fun on Thursday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Starting at noon, watch as the Declaration of Independence is read aloud on the Tavern Green. Hear the muskets blast with our traditional militia muster. Sit for a traditional tintype portrait–something you can’t do with your smartphone (throughout the day weather permitting, see website for details).
During the event, museum artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades throughout the day. At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard. Play traditional summer games. Enjoy traditional 19th–century music performed throughout the day at Bump Tavern.
Experience the new exhibition Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival. The kids will love the Grow Patch, the Farm’s new immersive play space inside the Main Barn. You can also enjoy a ride on the Empire State Carousel, explore the country village, and visit the famous Cardiff Giant. Sit on our tavern green while you enjoy grilled favorites from The Crossroads Café.
The museum is open every day this summer from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults and juniors (ages 13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Museum members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program. Find a $2.00-off regular adult admission coupon on our website at FarmersMuseum.org/hops.
The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.