Independence Day Celebration
Starting at noon, watch as the Declaration of Independence is read aloud on the Bump Tavern Green. Take part in the 13 celebratory toasts as our Founding Fathers did with lemonade made from an 1840’s recipe. Sit for an old-fashioned tintype portrait (weather permitting, $30 per 4 x 5 tintype). 19th-century children’s games will be provided for family play on the Bump Tavern Green.
During the event, museum artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades throughout the day. At the print shop, you can pick up a copy of our 1840’s lemonade recipe, printed on the museum’s Liberty Job Press. Everyone can snack on cotton candy, ice cream, and slushies.
At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard.
In the Main Barn, check out the new exhibition Growing Tomorrow’s Farmers and our historic tool collection. You can also enjoy a ride on the Empire State Carousel, explore the Country Village, shop at Todd’s General Store, 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): $15.00; seniors (65+): $12.50; 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. Free admission for those receiving SNAP benefits—up to four people with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.