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Celebrate the Fourth — in 19th-Century Style


The traditional Independence Day parade is one of the highlights of "An Old World Fourth of July" event at Old World Wisconsin

The festive annual Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4, at Old World Wisconsin will feature all of the charm of those held in rural villages in 19th-century Wisconsin, which marked summer's high point. A cannon firing will signal the opening and closing of the museum. Among the day's highlights will be trotting races by the Morgan Horse Association at 11 am and 3:30 pm in the German Area and a concert of patriotic music of the 19th century by the Harmony Cornet Band at 11 am in the Village Grove.

A Festive Parade and Popular 19th-Century Games

At 1:30 pm the grand parade through the Crossroads Village begins, featuring the Goddess of Liberty, the Missing Link, suffragettes and much more. After the parade, you can take part in old-fashioned games and contests that include sack races, a soda cracker eating contest, an egg toss, horseshoes and more. Visitors may also sample some homemade lemonade or enjoy the Country Picnic buffet from 11:30 am to 2 pm. View the buffet menu (PDF 1.4 MB) for a sampling of the fare being served. Guests are also welcome to join in a tug-o-war competition at 2:30 pm. Overall winners will then give it a go against the site's oxen team.

There is much more fun in store for Independence Day celebrants as well. For more details, visit our events calendar or download a detailed program of events (PDF 1.4 MB) for the day.

Madeline Island Museum to Celebrate the Fourth Too

Way up north in the Apostle Islands, Madeline Island Museum will celebrate the day as well. On Madeline Island, Independence Day isn't just a very special national holiday to celebrate. It also marks the beginning of the summer season, and the whole community celebrates with a festive parade through La Pointe, ending with a patriotic program on the museum green.

If You Go

If you decide to take part in either of these fun and festive events, you can get complete details on admission, location and contact information on our visitor information pages for Old World Wisconsin and Madeline Island Museum. Go out and have a great Fourth of July this year.

:: Posted June 27, 2011

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