WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Start your Independence Day celebration at Billings Farm & Museum’s “Old Vermont Fourth” on Sunday, July 4, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The day’s event features good old-fashioned fun with traditional music, wagon rides, patriotic speeches, and an historic game of base ball.
- Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence by the local Boy Scout Troop 220 at noon.
- Listen to live traditional music performed by Tom McKenzie and Patti Casey from 10:45 am – 3 pm.
- Get into the patriotic spirit listening to the presidential speeches of Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Delano Roosevelt at 11:30 am, 2:30 & 4:30 pm.
- Test your 19th century vocabulary skills in spirited spelling bees! 11 am: Youth Bee/1 pm: Adult Bee
- Enjoy a wagon ride around the farm from 11 am – 2 pm.
- Families can make Uncle Sam bookmarks and Firework Rings.
- Kids can barrel race a hobby horse and enjoy children’s stories at 10:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm.
- A Time for Justice, an Oscar-winning documentary film that captures the spirit of the civil rights movement, will be shown throughout the day in the Visitor Center Theater.
- Trailbreak Taps and Tacos, a popular local eatery from White River Junction, Vermont, will be on site with their food truck from 11 am – 4:30 pm serving a variety of tacos, quesadillas, street corn, chips and salsa, plus a beer garden and refreshing non-alcoholic options.
- See live demonstrations on how to make Strawberry Shortcake and Quick Pickles in the Learning Kitchen from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy samples!
- Old-fashioned fun continues at 2 pm with an historic game of base ball in the Billings’ fields. Join in or cheer on the teams!
Visiting safely. Billings Farm & Museum follows guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Forward Plan to determine our protocols. For the continued safety of our staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. For outdoor spaces, mask wearing is optional for fully-vaccinated persons; unvaccinated persons must wear masks when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Visit billingsfarm.org/safety for details.
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is open daily, 10AM-5PM, through October 31 and weekends 10AM-4PM, November-February. Find the Special Events Calendar, daily schedules, admission pricing and membership information at billingsfarm.org. Celebrate Billings Farm’s 150th Anniversary with a visit this season and support its education mission at billingsfarm.org/donate.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.
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BFM children-flag: visitors with their handmade 43-star American flag