A Good Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July

If you prefer your Fourth of July chock-full of historical re-enactments, old-fashioned games, and ice cream-making demos, then you’ve come to the right place.

Go back in time to Independence Day 1801 with a roar of the cannon and reading of the Declaration of Independence at Van Cortlandt Manor. Patriotic speeches and songs will mark the day while military re-enactors invite everyone to drill and muster. Experience military camp life first-hand during activities throughout the day, and take part in some 18th-century dancing.

You can also skip ahead a little to Independence Day 1851 at Washington Irving’s historic site, Sunnyside. Experience a traditional celebration with activities that include ice cream-making demonstrations, period music, traditional country dancing, and a little bit of “town ball,” the 19th century version of baseball. You can also tour the house, which belonged to Irving, with costumed guides.

Mentioned in the Fireworks section, Caramoor Music Festival will celebrate 300 years of American music on July 1-3. Enjoy a snapshot of Thomas Jefferson’s Music at Monticello, “Yankee Doodle” variations at the Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks event,  and more!

Revolutionary New York Walking Tour: For history buffs and patriots alike, Big Onion Walking Tours traditionally has a tour of significant NYC landmarks from the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary New York tour hits multiple spots that have American historical significance: the graves of Alexander Hamilton, General Richard Hamilton, and spots connected to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The stop also includes the Fraunces Tavern, where a British cannonball pierced the roof in 1775. For those who really want to feel historically connected on the 4th of July, Revolutionary New York holds the key.

The July 4th Jamboree at the John Jay Homestead will feature patriotic music by the American Colonials Fife and Drum Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, colonial games and races,  beekeeper and blacksmith presentations, lamb petting zoo, hayrides, music, food, activities, a patriotic cake decorating contest,tours of the historic house, and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and Fido, as there will be a Could Your Pet Be a Star? contest and a patriotic pet parade. Don’t have a pet? No problem, SPCA will be there with a pet adoption station.

St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon hosts an Independence Day celebration on July 4 featuring music, speeches, refreshments, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a tolling of the church’s bell–13 times!

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned 4th of July at Muscoot Farm on July 3 by playing old-fashioned games and making ice cream.