Open 9am-4pm, with games beginning at 11am.
Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30pm.
Cultivating Sponsor: Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Contributing Sponsors: Casey’s General Store, Veridian Credit Union
Event partners: Caribbean Kitchen, The Outside Scoop
We are seeking volunteers to help with games and contests and handing out food items on Independence Day at Living History Farms. Most shifts are 11am-1:30pm or 1:30–4pm.
Ongoing Games and Contests – 11am-4pm
Spelling Bee – 11am, Schoolhouse
Medicine Show – 11:15am, Behind Flynn Mansion
Patriotic Sing Along and Declaration of Independence Reading – 12:15pm, Church of the Land
Spelling Bee – 1pm, Schoolhouse
Medicine Show – 1:30pm, Behind Flynn Mansion
Patriotic Procession – 2pm, From Gazebo to Baseball Field
Historic Baseball Game – 2:30pm, Baseball Field
Caribbean Kitchen Food Truck – 11am-3pm, Picnic Shelter
The Outside Scoop – 11am-3pm, Picnic Shelter
Snack Shop – 11:30am-2:30pm, Back of Flynn Mansion
Old Fashioned Sarsaparilla – Available at General Store, Snack Shop, and MarketPlace Museum Store
Watermelon Slices – Available at the Gazebo