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Celebrate the Fourth — 19th-Century Style


Two teams battle it out in a rousing game of tug o' war in Old World Wisconsin's 1870s Crossroads Village (photo by Mike Morbeck)

Take part in an old-time celebration of Uncle Sam's birthday as Old World Wisconsin marks the occasion with An Old World Fourth of July event fashioned after patriotic, small-town festivities held in Wisconsin communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The event will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, July 4. The celebration will include music, games and a centerpiece "through the ages" parade that will wind around the 1870s Crossroads Village.

The Harmony Cornet Band performs as it parades past Old World Wisconsin's Four Mile Inn (photo by Mike Morbeck)
The Harmony Cornet Band
— photo by Mike Morbeck

The Harmony Cornet Band, which comes together only once a year to play at this event, will perform a band concert, using historic instruments from the late 19th century. The band will perform throughout the day. The group's repertoire will include "The Doxology," which the U.S. Marine Band played at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg just prior to President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy

The day's activities will also offer patriotic exercises and a lively debate. Visitors are welcome to participate in spirited competitions like races, an egg toss, a soda cracker-eating contest, and a tug o' war, with winners pitted against the site's oxen team. There will be morning and afternoon Morgan horse trotting races, too. View a schedule of a few of the event's highlighted activities (PDF 756 KB).

Admission Special

Old World Wisconsin has teamed up with event sponsor, WaterStone Bank, for a very special offer. Stop in at any WaterStone Bank branch to pick up a special $3 off coupon good for general museum admission during our Old World Fourth of July event — and the week of July 1 through 8. One coupon is good for one-time discounted admission for your entire family (up to six). Thanks to our event sponsor, WaterStone Bank.

If You Go

For complete details on admission, hours, accessibility, location and other information, see our visitor information pages.

:: Posted June 28, 2012

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