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Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876 this Fourth of July at Mystic Seaport. The day begins with Civil War-era military exercises by the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, boat races on the Mystic River, an old-fashioned spelling bee for children, and many other fun activities. Picnic alongside your 19th-century neighbors at noon and cheer for your favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Young patriots can even craft hats to wear in their very own section of the parade! A rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony will be followed by an elegant concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band.

Play croquet with residents of 1876 Greenmanville in the afternoon and watch live theatrical performances by the Mystic Seaport TaleMakers. Help churn ice cream and reap the delicious rewards. And don’t forget to save some energy for 19th-century lawn games on the Village Green.

The New England seashore is the perfect place to remember America’s 100th birthday and we look forward to celebrating it with you.